Born Gangstaz

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Born Gangstaz
Born Gangstaz.jpg
Studio album by Boss
Released May 25, 1993
Recorded 1992–93
Studio Beat Street Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Rockin Reel Studios
(Commack, New York)
Mad Hatter Studios
M'Bila Studios
Westlake Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Chung King Studios
(New York City)
Ian London Studios
(East Islip, New York)
Genre Gangsta Rap, Midwest Hip Hop, Hardcore hip hop
Label DJ West/Chaos/Columbia/SME Records
OK 52903 (North America)
474074 (international)
Producer Def Jef, Erick Sermon, AMG, Chyskillz, Jam Master Jay, MC Serch
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (choice cut)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A–[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]

Born Gangstaz is the debut album released by gangsta emcee Boss, released on May 25, 1993, on Def Jam Recordings' West Coast-based sub-label DJ West and featured production from some of hip hop's top producers at the time, including Def Jef, Erick Sermon and Jam Master Jay. Born Gangstaz was a success, peaking at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite the success of this album, Boss has yet to release another album. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Born Gangstaz has sold 378,000 copies to date.

Three singles were released from the album, "Deeper," "Recipe of a Hoe," and "Progress of Elimination," the first of the two both topping the Hot Rap Singles chart.

Track listing[edit]

# Track Listing Producer(s)
1 Intro: A Call from Mom
featuring Lillie Laws
Def Jef
2 Deeper
featuring Papa Juggy
Additional vocals by Def Jef
Def Jef
3 Comin' to Getcha
featuring Erick Sermon
Erick Sermon
4 Mai Sista Izza Bitch
featuring AMG
5 Thelma and Louise Def Jef
6 Drive By Stone Tha Lunatic
7 Progress of Elimination Def Jef
8 Livin' Loc'd
featuring Sticky Fingaz
Chyskillz, Jam Master Jay
9 Recipe of a Hoe Mic Professah
10 A Blind Date With Boss
featuring Onyx
Tracey Waples
11 Catch a Bad One Def Jef
12 Born Gangsta
Additional vocals by Admiral D
AMG, Courtney Branch, Tracy Kendrick
13 1-800-Body-Bags
Additional vocals by Def Jef
Def Jef
14 Diary of a Mad Bitch MC Serch, T-Ray
15 2 to da Head Erick Sermon
scratching by Redman
16 I Don't Give a Fuck MC Serch, T-Ray
17 Outro: A Call from Dad
featuring Joe Laws
Def Jef


Executive producers: Russell Simmons, Courtney Branch, Tracy Kendrick, Greg Jessie, Tracey Waples

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Billboard 200 22
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 3


Year Song Chart positions
Hot 100 R&B Rap Dance
1993 "Deeper" 65 28 1 25
"Recipe of a Hoe" 118[A] 73 1 29

[A] Number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Songs in soundtracks[edit]

The song "I Don't Give A Fuck" featured as the Closing Credits song of the episode "Lesbian Request Denied" from Season 1 of the Netflix TV show Orange Is the New Black.[5]


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 9780312245603. 
  3. ^ Bernard, James (1993-05-21). "Born Gangstaz". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1993-07-18). "In Brief". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Orange is the New Black Music - Season 1: "Lesbian Request Denied" - TuneFind". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 18 Sep 2014.