Rhyme Pays

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Rhyme Pays
Studio album by Ice-T
Released November 4, 1987
Recorded Late 1986–mid 1987
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 64:43
Label Sire/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Afrika Islam
Ice-T chronology
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AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link

Rhyme Pays is the debut album of Ice-T, released in 1987.

The album, especially tracks like "6 'N the Mornin'," is considered to have defined the gangsta genre, and was the first hip hop album to carry a Parental Advisory warning label, although it was years before the industry-standard explicit-lyrics sticker was developed.[1] The 1988 CD release included four bonus tracks.


Rhyme Pays peaked at number 93 on the Billboard 200 music chart and number 26 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. Rolling Stone gave the album three stars. It was also the first hip-hop artist album released on the Sire and Warner Bros. labels.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro/Rhyme Pays" (interpolates "Tubular Bells" and samples "War Pigs") Ice-T/Storrs 6:29
2. "6 'N the Mornin'"   Ice-T/Afrika Islam 7:11
3. "Make It Funky" (samples "Make It Funky") Ice-T/Islam 5:09
4. "Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy!!!)"   Ice-T/Islam 3:03
5. "409"   Ice-T/Islam 5:20
6. "I Love Ladies"   Ice-T/Islam 4:44
7. "Sex"   Ice-T/Islam 2:57
8. "Pain"   Ice-T/Islam 3:36
9. "Squeeze the Trigger"   Ice-T/Islam 6:12
10. "Make It Funky" (12" mix) Ice-T/Islam 5:58
11. "Sex" ("bonus beat"; instrumental) Ice-T/Islam 3:52
12. "Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy!!!)" (12" mix) Ice-T/Islam 3:27
13. "Our Most Requested Record" (long version, samples “Heartbreaker” and “Whole Lotta Love”) Ice-T/Islam 6:45


  1. ^ Ice T; Sigmund, Heidi (1994). The Ice Opinion. Pan/St. Martin's Press/Macmillan Books. p. 163. ISBN 0-330-33629-0.