Runaway Slave

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This article is about the hip hop album. For the 2012 documentary film, see Runaway Slave (film). For other uses, see Fugitive slave.
Runaway Slave
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Studio album by Showbiz and A.G.
Released September 22, 1992
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre Hip Hop
Length 69:34
Label PayDay/London/PolyGram Records
Producer Showbiz, Diamond D
Showbiz and A.G. chronology
Soul Clap (EP)
(1992)
Runaway Slave
(1992)
Goodfellas
(1995)

Runaway Slave is the debut album from Hip Hop duo Showbiz and A.G., members of legendary New York City crew D.I.T.C.. The album is now out of print.

Album information[edit]

The effort was a highly praised underground release, but didn't sell strong numbers. Three songs from their debut EP are included here, "Party Groove", "Soul Clap", and "Catchin' Wreck".

The album features an early appearance from late legend Big L, on the posse cut "Represent", other guest appearances come from Diamond D, Dres, Lord Finesse and DeShawn. The album includes many interludes between songs that features underground artists such as The Legion, Freddie Foxxx, Fat Joe, Kid Capri and Lord Finesse.

Producer Showbiz makes frequent rapping appearance on the album, unlike later releases, where he left the rhyming to A.G.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer (s) Sample(s)
1 "Still Diggin'" Diamond D, Showbiz "Statues" by Jack Bruce
"Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
2 "Fat Pockets" Showbiz, A.G. "Soul Kitchen" by Buddy Rich
"Fools" by Deep Purple
3 "Bounce Ta This" Dres, A.G. "Tales of a Rhoda Rat" by Buddy Rich
"The Hump" by Buster Williams
4 "More Than One Way Out of the Ghetto" A.G. "Via the Spectrum Road" by The Tony Williams Lifetime
"Turkish Black" by The Jazz Crusaders
"Hot and Nasty" by Black Oak Arkansas
5 "Silence of the Lambs (Remix)" Showbiz, A.G. "Something" by Charles Kynard
"Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith
6 "40 Acres & My Props" Showbiz, A.G. "Number Eight (Lotsa Potsa)" and "G.W." by Eric Dolphy
7 "Runaway Slave" A.G. "Glimpses" by The Yardbirds
"Tales of a Rhoda Rat" by Buddy Rich
"Sweetie Pie" by Stone Alliance
8 "Hard to Kill" A.G. "Wah Wah Man" by Young-Holt Unlimited
"Ain't Got Time" by Roy Ayers
"Mini-Manhunt" by David Shire
"Fire & Fury Grass Roots Speech (Side One)" by Malcolm X
"Alone Together" by Eric Dolphy
9 "Hold Ya Head" Showbiz, A.G. "Flash It to the Beat" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
"Born to Be Blue" by Jack Bruce
"The Gypsy" by Deep Purple
10 "He Say, She Say" A.G. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" by Black Sabbath
"There Was a Time" by Dee Felice Trio
"Sometimes I Rhyme Slow" by Nice & Smooth
11 "Represent" Big L, DeShawn, Lord Finesse, A.G. "Sam Enchanted Dick (Medley)" by Jack Bruce
"Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
12 "Silence of the Lambs" Showbiz, A.G. "Chicken Pox" by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
"It's A New Day" by Skull Snaps
13 "Party Groove (Bass Mix)" Showbiz, A.G.
14 "Soul Clap (Short Version)" A.G. "Strolling Blues" by Brother Jack McDuff
"Welcome to the Terrordome" by Public Enemy
"Chicken Yellow" by Miami
"Flash It to the Beat" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
"More Peas" and "The Grunt" by The J.B.'s
15 "Catchin' Wreck" Showbiz, A.G. "Ode to Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
"Cry Baby Cry" by Ramsey Lewis
16 "Party Groove (Instrumental)" *Instrumental*

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 78

Singles[edit]

Year Song Hot Rap Singles
1993 "Bounce ta This" 15
1993 "Fat Pockets" 8