It Takes a Thief (album)

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It Takes a Thief
It Takes a Thief (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1994
LabelTommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
ProducerPaul 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: October 5, 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.[1] It was released on July 19, 1994, on Warner Bros. Records. The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective to the 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 No. 3 in the US. Songs "Smokin Stix," "Can-o-Corn," and "Sticky Fingers" first appeared in the film Poetic Justice.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Artis Ivey, unless otherwise noted.

1."Fantastic Voyage (Timber mix)"Artis Ivey; Brian Dobbs; Fred Alexander; Norman Beavers; Marvin Craig; Tiemeyer McCain; Thomas Shelby; Stephen Shockley; Otis Stokes; Mark Adam Woods5:32
2."County Line"Artis Ivey; Brian Dobbs; Allen Jones; Charles Allen; Clifton Chase; Ed Fletcher; Frank Thompson; Harvey Henderson; James Alexander; Larry Dodson; Lloyd Smith; Mark Bynum; Melvin Glover; Michael Beard; Sherman Guy; Sylvia Robinson; Winston Stewart2:57
3."Mama, I'm in Love wit a Gangsta" (featuring LeShaun)Artis Ivey; Chris Jasper; Ernie Isley; Marvin Isley; O'Kelly Isley Jr.; Ronald Isley; Rudolph Isley; Roy Ayers4:09
4."Hand on My Nutsac" 3:28
5."Ghetto Cartoon"Artis Ivey; Autry DeWalt; Freddie Perren; Willie Woods3:13
6."Smokin' Stix"Artis Ivey; Allan Felder; Talmadge Conway3:20
7."Can-o-Corn" 3:40
8."U Know Hoo!" (featuring WC)Artis Ivey; William Calhoun3:51
9."It Takes a Thief" 5:06
10."Bring Back Somethin' fo da Hood"Artis Ivey; Ralph MacDonald3:11
11."N da Closet"Artis Ivey; Frank Wilson; James Nyx Jr.; Kathy Wakefield; Marvin Gaye3:51
12."On My Way to Harlem" 3:13
13."Sticky Fingers"Artis Ivey; Bryan Dobbs; Clifton "Jiggs" Chase; Ed Fletcher; Melvin Glover; Sylvia Robinson2:59
14."Thought You Knew" 3:19
15."Ugly Bitches"Artis Ivey; Ken Gold; Michael Denne4:06
16."I Remember" (featuring J-Ro and Billy Boy)Artis Ivey; Al Green; Kenneth Gamble; Leon Huff; Willie Mitchell4:47


Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 5


  1. ^ Considine, J. D. "Coolio gets personal, mixing meaning with his infectious groove".
  2. ^ "It Takes a Thief - Coolio | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "It Takes a Thief Review - Music Reviews and News -". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Coolio". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Coolio: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Coolio: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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