The Villain in Black

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The Villain in Black
Studio album by MC Ren
Released April 9, 1996 (1996-04-09)
Recorded 1994-1996
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk
Length 45:09
Producer Executive producers
Additional producers
MC Ren chronology
Shock of the Hour
The Villain in Black
Ruthless for Life
Singles from The Villain in Black
  1. "Mad Scientist"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Keep It Real"
    Released: August 20, 1996

The Villain in Black is the second album by rapper MC Ren, released April 9, 1996, on Ruthless Records and distributed by Relativity Records.




The majority of the album's production was handled by Cold 187um of Above the Law and Dr. Jam. It also features production by Madness 4 Real and Big Jessie. The producers managed to construct a sound that doesn't deviate from clichéd G-funk grooves.

Album title[edit]

The album titles is a reference to MC Ren's nickname, The Villain.


Two singles were released from the album: "Mad Scientist" and "Keep It Real".

Release and reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars [2]
The Source 3/5 stars

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted number 31 on Billboard 200, with the first-week sales of 31,000 copies. The following month the album sold 121,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Bitch Made Nigga Killa"   Cold 187um 4:02
2. "Keep It Real"   Dr. Jam 4:52
3. "It's Like That" (featuring Bigg Rocc) Cold 187um 4:34
4. "Mad Scientist"   Dr. Jam, Madness 4 Real (co.) 4:22
5. "Live From Compton 'Saturday Night'" (featuring Cold 187um) Cold 187um 5:56
6. "Still The Same Nigga"   Jessie "Big Jessie" Willard 5:27
7. "I Don't Give A Damn"   Dr. Jam, Madness 4 Real (co.) 3:56
8. "Mind Blown" (featuring Bigg Rocc) Cold 187um 4:42
9. "Great Elephant"   Jessie "Big Jessie" Willard 3:45
10. "Muhammed Speaks" (featuring Khalid Muhammad) Cold 187um 1:31
11. "Bring It On" (featuring Above the Law, Triggerman and Khalid Muhammad) Cold 187um 4:42

Sample Credit[edit]




  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "The Villain in Black - MC Ren". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Coker, Cheo Hodari. Review: The Villain in Black.