The Black Bossalini

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The Black Bossalini (aka Dr. Bomb from da Bay)
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)
Spice 1 chronology
The Black Bossalini (aka Dr. Bomb from da Bay)
Singles from The Black Bossalini
  1. "510, 213" / "Ballin'" / "I'm High"
    Released: September 22, 1997
  2. "Playa Man"
    Released: December 6, 1997

The Black Bossalini (aka Dr. Bomb from da Bay) is the fifth studio album by American rapper Spice 1. It was released on October 28, 1997 via Jive Records. Production was handled by several record producers, including Ant Banks, Paris, Rick Rock, Ali Malek, Clint "Payback" Sands, Femi Ojetunde, Hen-Gee and Mike Mosley. It also features guest appearances from Big Syke, Ice-T, Kokane, Mack 10, MC Breed, Too $hort, WC, and Yukmouth. The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart and at number 5 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States.

The album spawned two singles: a promo single "510, 213 / Ballin' / I'm High" and "Playa Man", but none of them made it to Billboard charts. A music video was shot for the song "Playa Man".[1] The song "2 Hands & a Razorblade" was originally heard in the 1997 film Dangerous Ground and was also included on the film's soundtrack.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Allmusic - "...There are a couple of Southern Californian flourishes here and's a solid record that should appeal to his legions of fans."[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Thug in Me" (Dedicated to Tupac Shakur)Paris3:36
2."I'm High"
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • O. Jackson, Jr.
3."Recognize Game" (featuring Too $hort, Ice-T & Kokane)Ant Banks4:03
4."Playa Man" (featuring Da Old Skool)
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • O. Jackson, Jr.
5."Caught Up in My Gunplay"
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • O. Jackson, Jr.
6."Ballin'" (featuring Yukmouth & MC Breed)
  • Hen-Gee
  • Bobby Ross Avila (co.)
7."The Boss Mobsta"
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • C. Sands
Clint "Payback" Sands4:46
8."510, 213" (featuring WC & Big Syke)
  • Mike Mosley
  • Femi Ojetunde
9."Kill Street Blues"
Rick Rock5:12
10."Fetty Chico and the Mack" (featuring Mack 10)
Ant Banks4:06
11."Wanna Be a G"
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • R. Thomas
  • F. Ojetunde
  • Rick Rock
  • Femi Ojetunde
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • A. Malek
Ali Malek4:04
13."Down Payment on Heaven" (featuring Cydal)
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • A. Malek
Ali Malek4:31
14."2 Hands and a Razor"
  • R. Green, Jr.
  • O. Jackson, Jr.
Total length:58:17

Sample credits[edit]

510 / 213

Caught Up in My Gunplay

Down Payment on Heaven

  • "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind" by LeVert

Playa Man

Recognize Game

The Boss Mobsta

The Thug in Me

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 28
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 5


  1. ^ Spice1VEVO (2018-01-10), Spice 1 - Playa Man, retrieved 2018-02-20
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: The Black Bossalini (a.k.a. Dr. Bomb from da Bay). Allmusic. Retrieved on February 7, 2010.
  3. ^ "Spice 1 Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Spice 1 Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2018.

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