Rancid is the eponymously titled debut studio album by the American punk rock band Rancid. It was released on May 10, 1993, through Epitaph Records. It is the only album not to feature Lars Frederiksen on guitar, who joined while the band was touring in support of it. It was the second of three self-titled releases, the others being the group's debut extended play (1992) and its fifth studio album (2000). The album is also known as "Rancid Rancid."
Mike DaRonco of Allmusic stated "This is where it all starts. Without any reminiscing about their former band, Operation Ivy, Matt Freeman (bass) and Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals) blast through their debut without any hints of ska or blatant Clash plagiarizing. On the contrary, this album rips through 15 tracks of high-energy punk that's accompanied by heavy bass leads and Armstrong's permanently slurred vocals. And to top it all off, the lyrical content deals with urban blight and the lifestyle of being a public nuisance. With this trademark sound, Rancid provide the perfect soundtrack for any car chase that includes massive property damage; is it a wonder MTV wouldn't touch this?"
"Union Blood", the album's fifteenth track, is a hidden track and not mentioned on the back cover.
"Get Out of My Way", the album's final song, is a cover, originally performed by The Uptones.
The album insert thanks Lars Frederiksen, who joined the band prior to Rancid's release. As such, out of respect to what they had done before him and so not as to take any credit for it, he does not appear in the liner notes for the album.