Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!

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Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!
Another Bad Creation Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!.jpg
Studio album by Another Bad Creation
Released February 11, 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Hip hop, R&B, new jack swing
Length 37:59
Label Motown
Producer Rico Anderson, Dallas Austin, Dr. Freeze
Another Bad Creation chronology
Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!
It Ain't What U Wear, It's How U Play It
Singles from Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know!
  1. "Iesha"
    Released: October 19, 1990
  2. "Playground"
    Released: June 15, 1991
  3. "Jealous Girl"
    Released: July 23, 1991
  4. "My World"
    Released: December 13, 1991
  5. "Spydermann"
    Released: June 25, 1992

Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! is the debut studio album from American hip hop and R&B group Another Bad Creation, released on February 11, 1991 on Motown.

The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart. By May 1991, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D[2]

The album peaked at seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the second spot on the R&B Albums chart.[3] The album was certified gold in April 1991 and platinum the following month.[4]

Rob Theakston of Allmusic called the album "an enjoyable, infectious, bubblegum/R&B record," and noted that the work "unquestionably helped to re-position Motown's status as the dominant force in R&B."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Parents" Dallas Austin Austin 2:53
2. "Playground" Austin, Michael Bivins, Kevin Wales Austin 4:15
3. "Mental (So Pay Attention)" Austin Austin 1:08
4. "Little Soldiers" Austin, Bivins, Wales Austin 4:13
5. "My World" Austin, Wales Austin 3:50
6. "Iesha" Austin, Bivins Austin 4:22
7. "Spydermann" Chris Sellers, David Shelton, Demetrius Pugh, Elliott Straite, Marliss Pugh, Rommell Chapman Dr. Freeze, Howie Tee (co.) 4:40
8. "That's My Girl" Austin, Wales, Nathan Morris Austin 3:08
9. "Jealous Girl" Maurice Starr, Michael Jonzun Austin 5:38
10. "A.B.C." Sellers, Shelton, Pugh, Straite, Pugh, Chapman, Rico Anderson Rico Anderson, Dr. Freeze (co.) 3:52

Chart history[edit]


Chart (1991)[3] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 7
U.S. R&B Albums 2


Year Single Peak chart positions[5]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1990 "Iesha" 9 9 6
1991 "Playground" 10 36 6 4
"Jealous Girl" 25
1992 "My World" 77

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Information taken from Allmusic.[6]

  • arranging – Dallas Austin
  • engineering – Dallas Austin, Jim Hinger, Darin Prindle, Christopher Shaw, Rick Sheppard
  • production – Rico Anderson, Dallas Austin, Dr. Freeze
  • programming – Rick Sheppard
  • vocals – Dallas Austin, Biv, Grecco Bush, Regina Chapman, Todd Harris, Tracy Harris, Rene Pugh, Racer X, Desiaray Shelton, Kevin Wales
  • vocals (background) – Another Bad Creation, Boyz II Men, Dr. Freeze, Debra Killings


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