Expensive Shit

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Expensive Shit
Studio album by Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Afrobeat
Length 24:13
Label Sounds Workshop (Nigeria), Editions Makossa (US)
Producer Fela Kuti
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 chronology
Excuse O
Expensive Shit
He Miss Road
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
BBC Music (favorable) [2]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10[3]

Expensive Shit is the twelfth full-length album by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti and his Africa '70 band. It was ranked #78 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s".[4] The title of the album refers to an incident in which the Nigerian police tried to arrest Kuti by planting a joint on him. Kuti managed to eat the joint, prompting police to bring him into custody and wait for him to produce the excrement. According to legend he managed to use another inmate's feces and was eventually released.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fela Kuti. 

No. Title Length
1. "Expensive Shit"   13:13
2. "Water No Get Enemy"   11:00
Total length:


  1. ^ Expensive Shit at AllMusic
  2. ^ BBC Online review
  3. ^ Paul Cooper (March 21, 2000). "Fela Kuti Expensive Shit/He Miss Road". Pitchfork. 
  4. ^ Pitchfork staff (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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