360 Degrees of Power

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360 Degrees of Power
360 Degrees of Power.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)
Political hip hop
Spoken word
LabelEpic/SME Records
EK 48713 (North America)
469483 (international)
ESCA-5590 (Japan)
ProducerThe LG Experience
Street Element

360 Degrees of Power is the only album by female emcee, author, and activist Sister Souljah, which was released in 1992 on Epic/SME Records.[1]

The album was met with criticism,[1] not only for its performances—most of which were angry spoken-word tirades that Souljah screamed rather than traditional hip-hop rhymes—but also because of its controversial lyrics. The two singles and music videos, "The Hate that Hate Produced" and "The Final Solution: Slavery's Back in Effect," were banned by MTV because of their inflammatory language and imagery.[citation needed] The album reached #72 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart, selling a mere 27,000 copies. Guest appearances were made by Chuck D ("State of Accommodation: Why Aren't You Angry") and Ice Cube ("Killing Me Softly: Deadly Code of Silence"). One track, "Wild Buck Beer," a fictional commercial for a malt liquor, features an appearance by an anonymous artist under the moniker MC Just Want to Get Paid.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "African Scaredy Katz in a One-Exit Maze" (4:36)
  2. "360 Degrees of Power" (3:36)
  3. "The Hate that Hate Produced" (3:03)
  4. "State of Accommodation: Why Aren't You Angry" (featuring Chuck D) (2:42)
  5. "Nigga's Gotta" (3:02)
  6. "Wild Buck Beer" (featuring MC Just Want to Get Paid) (1:09)
  7. "The Final Solution: Slavery's Back in Effect" (5:27)
  8. "Killing Me Softly: Deadly Code of Silence" (featuring Ice Cube) (3:05)
  9. "Umbilical Cord to the Future" (featuring Ras Baraka) (4:46)
  10. "The Tom Selloutkin Show" (1:16)
  11. "Brainteasers and Doubtbusters" (4:38)
  12. "My God is a Powerful God" (4:20)
  13. "Survival Handbook vs. Global Extinction" (4:26)


Chart (1992) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[2] 72


  1. ^ a b Mills, David (May 13, 1992). "Sister Souljah's Call to Arms: The rapper says the riots were payback. Are you paying attention?". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Sister Souljah Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.

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