The Skills Dat Pay da Bills

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The Skills Dat Pay da Bills
Studio album by Positive K
Released November 3, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Hip-hop
Length 64:52
Label Island/PolyGram Records
514 057
Producer Big Daddy Kane, Jazzy Jay, Silver D., L.G., Laz-E-Laz
Positive K chronology
- The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills
Back to the Old School
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]

The Skills Dat Pay da Bills was Positive K's debut album, which was released November 3, 1992. With "I Got a Man" making waves on the radio, he was doing underground compilation appearances, guest spots on other hip-hop artists' albums, and worked with emcee Big Daddy Kane on the single ("Nightshift"), which led to his album. Despite reviews calling the album more than a fluke hit, it lacked perseverance on the album charts, leading him to become a one-hit wonder. To date, the album is still beloved in the underground hip-hop community.

This album is the first recorded instance of the phrase "drop it like it's hot," which appears in the songs "Ain't No Crime" and "Minnie the Moocher."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (Pos K Theme)"
  2. "Pass the Mic"
  3. "One 2 the Head"
  4. "Shakin'"
  5. "How the Fuck Would You Know"
  6. "Carhoppers"
  7. "Nightshift"
  8. "Intro (Back the Fuck Up)"
  9. "I Got a Man"
  10. "Ain't No Crime"
  11. "The Shout-Out"
  12. "Friends"
  13. "Minnie the Moocher"
  14. "Nightshift [Remix]"
  15. "A Flower Grows in Brooklyn"
  16. "It's All Over"

Chart performance[edit]


Year Chart Position
1992 Top Heatseekers 4
1992 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 50
1993 The Billboard 200 168


Year Single Chart Position
1992 "I Got a Man" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 10
1992 "I Got a Man" Rhythmic Top 40 12
1992 "I Got a Man" The Billboard Hot 100 14
1992 "Nightshift" Hot Rap Singles 17
1993 "Ain't No Crime" Hot Rap Singles 16
1993 "I Got a Man" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 14
1993 "I Got a Man" Hot Rap Singles 1