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Studio album by O.C.
Released August 19, 1997
Recorded 1996–1997
Unique Studios
D&D Studios
New York City, New York
Genre Hip hop
Length 61:18
Label PayDay, FFRR
524 399
Producer DJ Premier, DJ Ogee, Buckwild, Da Beatminerz, Showbiz, Lord Finesse
O.C. chronology
Bon Appetit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[1]
HipHopPlus 4.5/5 stars
Vibe positive[2]

Jewelz is the second album by the rapper O.C.. Unlike his debut, 1994's Word...Life, Jewelz features a wider number of guest producers and rappers. Producer DJ Premier (who also oversaw and mixed other parts of the album) lends his hand on four songs, while Buckwild, Da Beatminerz and O.Gee all drop three songs each. D.I.T.C. members Showbiz and Lord Finesse each contribute one number and as the album was released the production was highly praised for its clean, crispy but at the same time dark and menacing sound.

O.C. plays with a wide array of styles on the album, from the war-metaphor battle song "War Games" to abstract stories on the haunting "The Crow" and a very special history on a mystique woman that enters Credles life in "Stronjay". Though the differences between O.C.'s two first efforts are very noticeable many fans are constantly, and still, arguing which was the better album out of them.

This album, like his first, received strong reviews, but lacked in sales. He made his first appearance on the Billboard 200 album chart with the album, and also made his first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, with the single "Far From Yours". The album is now out of print.

As part of the concept for Jewelz, the CD was sold with different colored disc art inspired by the color palate of various jewels.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s)
1 "Intro" *Interlude*
2 "My World" O. Credle, C. Martin DJ Premier O.C.
3 "War Games" O. Credle, C. Martin DJ Premier O.C., Organized Konfusion
4 "Can't Go Wrong" O. Credle, G. Scott DJ Ogee O.C.
5 "The Chosen One" O. Credle, A. Best Buckwild O.C.
6 "Dangerous" O. Credle, W. Dewgarde,
L. Coleman, R. Lapread
Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz O.C., Big L
7 "Win the G" O. Credle, C. Martin,
J. Campbell
DJ Premier O.C., Freddie Foxxx
8 "Far from Yours" O. Credle, A. Best,
M. Bryant, G. Johnson,
L. Johnson, E. Barrier,
W. Griffin
Buckwild; intro interlude by DJ Premier O.C., Yvette Michele, Roc Raida
9 "Stronjay" O. Credle, W. Dewgarde Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz O.C.
10 "M.U.G." O. Credle, C. Martin,
J. Campbell
DJ Premier O.C., Freddie Foxxx
11 "The Crow" O. Credle, R. Lemay Showbiz O.C.
12 "You & Yours" O. Credle, G. Scott DJ Ogee O.C.
13 "Hypocrite" O. Credle, A. Best,
W. Garfield, C. Clay
Buckwild O.C.
14 "It's Only Right" O. Credle, W. Dewgarde,
C. Ward
Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz O.C.
15 "Jewelz" O. Credle, R. Hall Lord Finesse; intro interlude by DJ Premier[3] O.C.

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Far From Yours"
  • Released: July 28, 1997
  • B-Side: "My World"
"Can't Go Wrong"
  • Released: December 16, 1997
  • B-Side: "Dangerous"



  • Patrick Moxey -executive producer
  • Mr. Dave - executive producer, A&R
  • Eddie Sancho - engineering
  • Max Vargas - engineering
  • Norty Cotto - engineering
  • Tony Smalios - engineering
  • Chris Conway - engineering
  • Kieran Walsh - engineering
  • Michael Gilbert - engineering
  • DJ Premier - mixing
  • Ogee - mixing
  • Buckwild - mixing
  • Da Beatminerz - mixing
  • Showbiz - mixing
  • Lord Finesse - mixing
  • Tony Dawsey - mastering
  • Danny Clinch - photography
  • Gregory Burke - art direction, design

Album chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 90
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 16

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1997 "Far From Yours" 81 43 12 23
"My World" 15
1998 "Can't Go Wrong" 90


  1. ^ Robertson, Alex (Feb 24, 2013). "Album Review - O.C.: Jewelz". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Callahan-Bever, Noah (September 1997). "Revolutions". Vibe. New York: 232. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tweet by Mr. Walt from Beatminerz". Feb 7, 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  4. ^ O.C. - Jewelz (CD liner notes). Payday/FFRR Records. 314-524 399-2
  5. ^ "O.C. – Chart history" Billboard 200 for O.C.. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "O.C. – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for O.C.. Retrieved April 28, 2016.