O.G. Original Gangster

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This article is about the album by Ice-T. For 1996 movie, see Original Gangstas.
O.G. Original Gangster
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Studio album by Ice-T
Released May 14, 1991 (1991-05-14)
Recorded Syndicate Studios West, Widetracks, Dodge City and Fox Studios L.A. 1990-Mid January 1991
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, heavy metal
Length 72:17
Label Sire, Warner Bros. Records
Producer Ice-T, DJ Aladdin, Afrika Islam, DJ SLJ, Bilal Bashir
Ice-T chronology
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!
O.G. Original Gangster
Home Invasion
Singles from O.G. Original Gangster
  1. "O.G. Original Gangster"
    Released: 1991

O.G. Original Gangster is the fourth studio album by American rapper Ice-T. The album was released on May 14, 1991, by Sire Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album was praised by many as the artist's best.[1][2]

The album introduces the band Body Count, whose heavy metal sound is in sharp contrast to the rest of the album's material. The whole album has also been made into a video. O.G. Original Gangster has been seen as Ice T's best record, and has over the years has been seen as a west coast classic. The album's most prominent tracks were featured in the film New Jack City, which was released two months earlier.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[5]
RapReviews.com 10/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Select 2/5 stars[8]

O.G. Original Gangster peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #15 on the Billboard 200.[9] The album was ranked at #25 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991,[10] and was featured in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums [11] and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

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 albums themes "functions better as manifesto than as music"}[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Home of the Bodybag"   DJ Aladdin, SLJ, Ice-T 2:12
2. "First Impression"     0:45
3. "Ziplock"   Afrika Islam, Ice-T 1:20
4. "Mic Contract" (featuring Donald D) SLJ, DJ Aladdin, Ice-T 4:24
5. "Mind Over Matter"   DJ Aladdin, Ice-T 4:12
6. "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" (featuring DJ Aladdin) Ice-T, DJ Aladdin 4:43
7. "Ed"   Beatmaster V, Nat the Cat, Ice-T 1:10
8. "Bitches 2" (featuring Charlie Jam) DJ Aladdin, SLJ, Ice-T 5:24
9. "Straight Up Nigga" (featuring DJ Aladdin) SLJ, DJ Aladdin, Ice-T 3:43
10. "O.G. Original Gangster" (featuring G³) DJ Aladdin, SLJ, Ice-T 4:13
11. "The House"   DJ Aladdin, Ice-T 0:57
12. "Evil E-What About Sex?" (featuring Evil E) Ice-T 0:46
13. "Fly By" (featuring Nat the Cat & Donald D) Afrika Islam, Ice-T 3:29
14. "Midnight" (featuring Randy Mac) DJ Aladdin, SLJ 5:49
15. "Fried Chicken" (featuring Prince Whipper Whip) DJ Aladdin, SLJ 1:00
16. "M.V.P.S."   Afrika Islam 4:20
17. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous" (featuring Sean E Mac) Afrika Islam, Ice-T 3:51
18. "Body Count" (featuring Ernie C, Beatmaster V, Moose Man & D Rock) Ice-T 6:07
19. "Prepared to Die"   Ice-T 0:39
20. "Escape from the Killing Fields"   Afrika Islam, Ice-T 2:36
21. "Street Killer" (featuring Special K) DJ Aladdin, SLJ, Ice-T 0:41
22. "Pulse of the Rhyme"   DJ Aladdin, Ice-T 4:17
23. "The Tower" (featuring Sean E Sean, Al Patrome & Mello) Bilal Bashir, Ice-T 3:58
24. "Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year"   Ice-T 1:41


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 15
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 9


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  4. ^ "CG: Ice T". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
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  9. ^ "Charts and Awards for Ice-T". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  10. ^ "The Top 30 Albums of 1991". Melody Maker. December 1, 1991. 
  11. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source #100. January 1998. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  12. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 
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