Judgement Day (album)

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Judgement Day
Esham Judgement Day.jpg
Studio album by Esham
Released April 9, 1992
Recorded 1991-Early 1992
Genre Horrorcore, Midwest hip hop, rap rock
Length 46:09
Label Reel Life
Producer Esham
Esham chronology
Boomin' Words from Hell
Judgement Day
KKKill the Fetus

Judgement Day is the second studio album by Esham. On June 6, 2006, a Judgement Day box set was released, containing both original volumes and previously unreleased material.


Reel Life Productions founder and Esham's brother James Smith decided that Esham should record a double album following the release of Prince's Love Symbol Album. Smith thought that if an R&B artist could record a double album, a rapper should record a double album.[1] However, it is not the first double album in hip hop, as previously DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, which was a double album in its original vinyl configuration.


While the lyrical content of Judgement Day is similar to that of Esham's debut, Boomin' Words from Hell, the music features a heavier use of rock samples.[2] The album's rock-based sound influenced rap rock artists such as Kid Rock.[2]

Release history[edit]

Judgement Day was released separately in two volumes, Day and Night, on April 9, 1992.[3] On June 6, 2006, a Judgement Day box set was released, featuring both original volumes remastered, two volumes of previously unreleased material, the exclusive album Martyr City, an illustrated booklet with a short autobiography written by Esham detailing the days of the original Judgement Day release as well as a background story for Martyr City, a live concert DVD, deluxe packaging and a Certificate of Authenticity.[4][5]


Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier wrote that Judgement Day, Vol. 1 "may not be his most well-crafted work, but it certainly stands as his most inspired work of the '90s",[3] while Vol. 2 "isn't quite as strong as the first volume, suffering mostly from a number of weak tracks [...] the first volume doesn't rely quite so much on cheap shock, instead focusing on evocative horror motifs, making Judgement Day, Vol. 2 the less important of the two."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Vol. 1: 4/5 stars[3]
Vol. 1: Day (1992)
No. Title Length
1. "Nine Dead Bodies" 2:15
2. "The Boogieman" 1:58
3. "How Do I Plead to Homicide" 3:54
4. "I'd Rather Be Dead" 2:50
5. "Momma Was a Junkie" 4:05
6. "Once You Go Black" 4:30
7. "Makin' More Music" 3:15
8. "Hit and Run" 2:51
9. "Thinking to Myself" 2:27
10. "Fallen Angel" 3:19
11. "I Met This Little Girlie" 3:13
12. "Acid" 3:30
13. "Devilish Mood" 2:27
14. "My Last Words" 3:12
15. "Losin My Religion" 1:55
Total length: 46:26
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Vol. 2 2.5/5 stars[3]
Vol. 2: Night (1992)
No. Title Length
1. "Judgement Day" 3:29
2. "Living in Incest"" 3:37
3. "Play Dead"" 2:43
4. "13 Ways" 3:26
5. "Finger in the Cake Mix" 4:12
6. "The Devil Gets Funky" 3:38
7. "Crib Death" 2:07
8. "Dead By Day" 2:00
9. "Wake the Dead" 3:57
10. "Dumb Bitch" 1:31
11. "U Wanna Know Somethin" 1:18
12. "Hoe Role" 3:41
13. "Dyin to Be Down" 3:23
14. "Sell Me Yo Soul" 3:53
15. "We Got Some Nonbelievers" 2:18
Total length: 46:04


  1. ^ Death of an Indie Label - Part 2 of 5 - Esham Shockumentary. Event occurs at 1:18. 
  2. ^ a b Hess, Mickey (2009). "Esham". Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume 1: East Coast and West Coast. ABC-CLIO. pp. 411–413. ISBN 0-313-34323-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d e All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. 2003. pp. 160–163. ISBN 0-87930-759-5. 
  4. ^ "The Deluxe Judgment Day Box Set - information". Reel Life Productions. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  5. ^ "The Deluxe Judgment Day Box Set - track listing". Reel Life Productions. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-27.