It Takes a Thief (album)

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It Takes a Thief
It Takes a Thief (album).jpg
Studio album by Coolio
Released July 19, 1994
Recorded 1993-94
Genre Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, G-funk
Length 59:14
Label Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Paul Stewart, Dobbs The Wino, Rashad Coles, Billy Boy, Crazy Toones, CS Coleman
Coolio chronology
It Takes a Thief
Gangsta's Paradise
Singles from It Takes a Thief
  1. "County Line"
    Released: 1993
  2. "I Remember"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Fantastic Voyage"
    Released: March 8, 1994
  4. "Mama I'm in Love Wit' a Gangsta"
    Released: 1994

It Takes a Thief is the debut studio album by American rapper Coolio. It was released on July 19, 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective to often violent and profane themes of typical Gangsta rap.

"Fantastic Voyage", a hit from the early 1980s, returned to the charts after Coolio released a song of the same name from this album. The song received regular airplay on MTV and became his breakout hit, peaking at #3 in the US. Songs "Smokin Stix", "Can-o-Corn" and "Sticky Fingers" first appeared in the film Poetic Justice.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fantastic Voyage (Timber mix)" 5:32
  2. "County Line" 2:57
  3. "Mama, I'm in Love wit a Gangsta" (feat. LeShaun) 4:09
  4. "Hand on My Nutsac" 3:28
  5. "Ghetto Cartoon (include's Cleo's Mood)" 3:13
  6. "Smokin' Stix" 3:20
  7. "Can-o-Corn" 3:40
  8. "U Know Hoo!" (feat. WC) 3:51
  9. "It Takes a Thief" 5:06
  10. "Bring Back Somethin' fo da Hood" 3:11
  11. "N da Closet" 3:51
  12. "On My Way to Harlem" 3:13
  13. "Sticky Fingers" 2:59
  14. "Thought You Knew" 3:19
  15. "Ugly Bitches" 4:06
  16. "I Remember" (feat. J-Ro and Billy Boy) 4:47



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  2. ^ "It Takes a Thief Review - Music Reviews and News -". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Coolio". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 September 2014.