Criminal Activity

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Criminal Activity
Criminal Activity.jpg
Studio album by Criminalz
Released August 7, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre West Coast hip hop, Hardcore rap, Gangsta rap
Length 45:50
Label Realside Records
Producer Doyle, G-Man Stan, Spice 1
Celly Cel chronology
Deep Conversation
(2000)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
It'z Real Out Here
(2005)
Jayo Felony chronology
Underground
(1999)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
Crip Hop
(2001)
Spice 1 chronology
The Last Dance
(2000)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
Spiceberg Slim
(2002)

Criminal Activity is the debut album by American rap supergroup Criminalz, which consisted of Spice 1, Celly Cel and Jayo Felony.[1] It was released August 7, 2001 on Celly Cel's label, Realside Records. The album was produced by Doyle, G-Man Stan, Spice 1 and Stan Keith. It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 26 on the Billboard Independent Albums.[2] The album features guest performances by Yukmouth, Tray Dee, Sylk-E. Fyne and Bun B.

One song, "Boss Up", was previously released on the Spice 1 compilation, The Playa Rich Project.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[3]
RapReviews 4/10 stars[4]

Allmusic - "Everyone was expecting a lot from this group from the first time it was mentioned...For many reasons this just doesn't work...It seems like they all wrote their verses independently of one another, then rapped in whatever order they felt like it. There's no fluid feel...as a whole this definitely falls short of any of their solo work."[3]

RapReviews - "...Most rap groups who made great albums needed guidance to make those great albums. The Criminalz definitely lack a mastermind to weld the three of them together and make them realize their synergies...There are almost no ad-libs, there's no interacting, it might as well be that these three never were in the same studio together..."[4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performers Producer Time
1 "Lockdown" (intro) 1:01
2 "Criminal Activity" Celly Cel G-Man Stan 1:43
3 "Ridaz" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Jayo Felony G-Man Stan 4:16
4 "Puttin' In Work" Jayo Felony, Celly Cel, Spice 1 Doyle 4:31
5 "Niggaz Like Us" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Bun B Doyle 4:34
6 "My Life" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Jayo Felony Doyle 4:23
7 "Boss Up" Spice 1, Jayo Felony, Tray Dee, Yukmouth Spice 1 4:26
8 "Doin' It Big" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Sylk-E. Fyne Doyle 4:22
9 "The Real World" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Jayo Felony Doyle 4:07
10 "Reminisce" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Jayo Felony Doyle 4:49
11 "What They Hittin' Fo?" Celly Cel, Spice 1, Jayo Felony G-Man Stan 4:23
12 "Rollin' Wit My Folks" Celly Cel, Spice 1 Doyle 3:14

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2001)[2] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 26
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 57

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Brad. ((( Criminalz > Overview ))). Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  2. ^ a b ((( Criminal Activity > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  3. ^ a b Mills, Brad. Review: Criminal Activity. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ a b Jost, Matthias. Review: Criminal Activity. RapReviews.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.

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