Making Trouble

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Making Trouble
1991 reissue cover
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 1988
  • Ghetto Boys
  • Cliff Blodget
  • Karl Stephenson
Ghetto Boys chronology
Making Trouble
Grip It! On That Other Level
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
RapReviews(2.5/10) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3]

Making Trouble is the debut album by the American hip-hop group the Ghetto Boys. The group originally consisted of Bushwick Bill, DJ Ready Red, Sire Jukebox and Prince Johnny C. Following the release of Making Trouble, Rap-A-Lot Records dropped Sire Jukebox and Johnny C from the group, and added Scarface and Willie D.

Making Trouble received little attention, negative reviews, and is often forgotten in the midst of the group's later successful, acclaimed and controversial albums.[1]

Style and Influence[edit]

The group used a style of rap similar to Run-DMC at this time as opposed to the more hardcore rap style that Scarface and Willie D provided in later albums. Insane Clown Posse's Violent J, who was influenced by the Geto Boys, regards the song "Assassins" as the first horrorcore song ever recorded.[4][5] It was covered by Insane Clown Posse on their 1999 album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.


# Title Time(s)
1 "Making Trouble" 5:19
2 "Snitches" 2:43
3 "Balls and My Word" 3:50
4 "Assassins" 5:45
5 "Why Do We Live This Way" 6:53
6 "I Run This" 4:20
7 "No Curfew" 3:36
8 "One Time Freestyle" 3:26
9 "Geto Boys Will Rock You" 3:45
10 "You Ain't Nothin'" 2:46
11 "The Problem" 2:58


Ghetto Boys

  • Prince Johnny C. – vocals, production
  • The Sire Jukebox – vocals, production
  • DJ Ready Red – vocals, turntables, production

Additional personnel

  • Karl Stephenson – production, sampling
  • Cliff Blodget – production


  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 329. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone geto boys album guide.
  4. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "The Dark Carnival". In Nathan Fostey (ed.). ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 174–185. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8.
  5. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (October 28, 2011). "Insane Clown Posse's Violent J Picks 11 Horrorcore Classics". Spin. Retrieved 4 November 2011.