O.G. Original Gangster

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O.G. Original Gangster
Ice-T-O.G. Original Gangster (album cover with matt).jpg
Studio album by Ice-T
Released May 14, 1991 (1991-05-14)
Recorded July 1990 – January 1991
Studio
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 72:17
Label Sire
Producer
Ice-T chronology
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!
(1989)
O.G. Original Gangster
(1991)
Home Invasion
(1993)
Singles from O.G. Original Gangster

O.G. Original Gangster is the fourth studio album by American rapper Ice-T, released May 14, 1991 by Sire Records. Recording took place from July 1990 to January 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Its production was handled by seven producers: Afrika Islam, Beatmaster V, Bilal Bashir, DJ Aladdin, Nat The Cat, SLJ and Ice-T himself, who also served as executive producer. It features guest appearances from Body Count, Prince Whipper Whip and various Rhyme Syndicate artists, such as Donald D, Evil E and Randy Mac.

The album peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On July 24, 1991, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating U.S. sales of more than 500,000 units.[1] O.G. Original Gangster was ranked at #25 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991,[2] and was featured in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums[3] and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[4] The album was praised by many as his best.[5][6]

Release[edit]

On the album's release, the vinyl version only contained 16 of the compact disc's 24 tracks.[7] The NME stated to "forget the format's limitations" and promoted the compact disc version with 24 tracks over the vinyl.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[8]
Chicago Sun-Times3.5/4 stars[9]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[10]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA[11]
Entertainment WeeklyA[12]
NME9/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[14]
Select2/5 stars[15]

From contemporary reviews, the NME stated that the album was Ice-T's "best shot yet; riotous vignettes from a decaying America full of devious humour and striking pathos – all those things NWA profess to be but clearly aren't."[7] The review commented on the album's production stating Afrika Islam production as "slamming" noting that "the music is always restlessly inventive in catering for your solar plexus (even on the hardcore/Heavy Metal crossover token track) – complements highlights like the sad, droning 'The Tower', the optimistic 'Escape From The Killing Fields' (a scathing re-write of Public Enemy's 'Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos' that explains the original metaphor) and the out-of-character bad-tempered 'Lifestyles Of The Rich And Infamous'".[7]

Select gave the album a negative review, stating that three tracks "Mind Over Matter", "The Tower" and "The House" are outstanding while "much of the rest relies on a well-tested recipe of looped breakbeats and linear drums." and that the album's themes function "better as manifesto than as music".[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Home of the Bodybag"
2:12
2."First Impression"Ice-T0:45
3."Ziplock"1:20
4."Mic Contract" (featuring Donald D)
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
4:24
5."Mind Over Matter"
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
4:12
6."New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" (featuring DJ Aladdin)
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
4:43
7."Ed"
1:10
8."Bitches 2" (featuring Charlie Jam)
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
5:24
9."Straight Up Nigga" (featuring DJ Aladdin)
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
3:43
10."O.G. Original Gangster"
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
4:13
11."The House"
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
0:57
12."Evil E-What About Sex?" (featuring Evil E)Ice-T0:46
13."Fly By" (featuring Nat the Cat & Donald D)
  • Ice-T
  • Afrika Islam
3:29
14."Midnight" (featuring Randy Mac)
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
5:49
15."Fried Chicken" (featuring Prince Whipper Whip)
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
1:00
16."M.V.P.s"Afrika Islam4:20
17."Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous" (featuring Sean E. Sean)
  • Ice-T
  • Afrika Islam
3:51
18."Body Count" (featuring Ernie C, Beatmaster V, Mooseman & D-Rock)Ice-T6:07
19."Prepared to Die"Ice-T0:39
20."Escape from the Killing Fields"
  • Ice-T
  • Afrika Islam
2:36
21."Street Killer" (featuring Special K)
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
  • SLEJ Da Ruff Edge
0:41
22."Pulse of the Rhyme"
  • Ice-T
  • DJ Aladdin
4:17
23."The Tower" (featuring Sean E. Sean, Al Patrome & Mello)
  • Ice-T
  • Bilal Bashir
3:58
24."Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year"Ice-T1:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Tracy Lauren Marrow – main artist, producer (tracks: 1-13, 16-24), executive producer, arranging
  • Alphonso Henderson – featured performer (tracks: 6, 9), producer (tracks: 1, 4-6, 8-11, 14-15, 21-22), project supervisor
  • Donald Lamont – featured performer (tracks: 4, 13)
  • Sean E. Sean – featured performer (tracks: 17, 23)
  • Victor Ray Wilson – featured performer (track 18), producer (track 7)
  • Nat the Cat – featured performer (track 13), producer (track 7)
  • Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts III – featured performer (track 18)
  • Ernie Cunnigan – featured performer (track 18)
  • Dennis Miles – featured performer (track 18)
  • Charlie Jam – featured performer (track 8)
  • Randy Mac – featured performer (track 14)
  • James Whipper – featured performer (track 15)
  • K. Alexander – featured performer (track 21)
  • Eric Garcia – scratches
  • Shafiq "SLJ" Husayn – producer (tracks: 1, 4, 8-10, 14, 15, 21)
  • Charles Andre Glenn – producer (tracks: 3, 13, 16, 17, 20)
  • Bilal Bashir – producer (track 23)
  • Vachik Aghaniantz – recording & mixing
  • Dennis "Def-Pea" Parker – recording
  • Steve Battman – recording
  • Tim Stedman – design
  • Glen E. Friedman – photography
  • "King James" Cassimus – photography
  • Jorge Hinojosa – management

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 15
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. July 24, 1991. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Top 30 Albums of 1991". Melody Maker. December 1, 1991. 
  3. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source #100. January 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  4. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
  5. ^ Gates, Henry Louis; Appiah, KwameAnthony (2005). Africana: An A-To-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience. Running Press. p. 297. ISBN 0-7624-2042-1. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Steve (2004). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-8264-8217-1. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Fadele, Dele (May 25, 1991). "Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster (Sire)". NME. Retrieved August 23, 2009. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Huey, Steve. "O.G. Original Gangster – Ice-T". AllMusic. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Corcoran, Michael (May 26, 1991). "Ice-T speaks to rhythm of the street". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 16, 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (May 23, 1991). "Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  12. ^ Benard, James (May 24, 1991). "O.G. Original Gangster". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  13. ^ Coleman, Mark (June 13, 1991). "Ice-T: O.G. Original Gangster". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ Relic, Peter (2004). "Ice-T". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 401. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  15. ^ a b Higginbotham, Adam (July 1991). "Ice-T: O.G.". Select (13): 68–69. 
  16. ^ "Ice-T Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ice-T Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Ice-T – O.G. Original Gangster". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

O.G. Original Gangster at Discogs (list of releases)