It Takes a Thief (album)
|It Takes a Thief|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 19, 1994|
|Label||Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records|
|Producer||Paul Stewart, Dobbs The Wino, Rashad Coles, Billy Boy, Crazy Toones, CS Coleman|
|Singles from It Takes a Thief|
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 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.
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 Woods||5:32|
|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 Stewart||2:57|
|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 Ayers||4:09|
|4.||"Hand on My Nutsac"||3:28|
|5.||"Ghetto Cartoon"||Artis Ivey; Autry DeWalt; Freddie Perren; Willie Woods||3:13|
|6.||"Smokin' Stix"||Artis Ivey; Allan Felder; Talmadge Conway||3:20|
|8.||"U Know Hoo!" (featuring WC)||Artis Ivey; William Calhoun||3:51|
|9.||"It Takes a Thief"||5:06|
|10.||"Bring Back Somethin' fo da Hood"||Artis Ivey; Ralph MacDonald||3:11|
|11.||"N da Closet"||Artis Ivey; Frank Wilson; James Nyx Jr.; Kathy Wakefield; Marvin Gaye||3:51|
|12.||"On My Way to Harlem"||3:13|
|13.||"Sticky Fingers"||Artis Ivey; Bryan Dobbs; Clifton "Jiggs" Chase; Ed Fletcher; Melvin Glover; Sylvia Robinson||2:59|
|14.||"Thought You Knew"||3:19|
|15.||"Ugly Bitches"||Artis Ivey; Ken Gold; Michael Denne||4:06|
|16.||"I Remember" (featuring J-Ro and Billy Boy)||Artis Ivey; Al Green; Kenneth Gamble; Leon Huff; Willie Mitchell||4:47|
|US Billboard 200||8|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||5|
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- "It Takes a Thief - Coolio | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
- "It Takes a Thief Review - Music Reviews and News - EW.com". EW.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Robert Christgau: CG: Coolio". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Coolio: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
- "Coolio: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
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