The Resurrection (Geto Boys album)

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The Resurrection
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 2, 1996[1]
Recorded1995–1996
StudioLil J's Studio
(Houston, Texas)
Genre
Length57:27
LabelRap-A-Lot
ProducerBrad Jordan, Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Uncle Eddie, Derick Edwards
Geto Boys chronology
Till Death Do Us Part
(1993)
The Resurrection
(1996)
Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly
(1998)
Singles from The Resurrection
  1. "The World Is a Ghetto"
    Released: March 16, 1996

The Resurrection is the fifth studio album by the hip hop group known as the Geto Boys. The album was released on April 2, 1996, when the Geto Boys reunited following a 3-year breakup. It is considered by fans to be one of the group's most critically praised albums and the first of two especially creative albums.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ghetto Prisoner" 1:25
2."Still"Johnson, Jordan, Willie D4:00
3."The World Is a Ghetto" (featuring Flaj)(Flaj) Derrick Hunter, Gregory Hunter, Richard Buttrill, DeMarcus Porter4:25
4."Open Minded" (featuring DMG)Dean, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Willie D4:10
5."Killer 4 Scratch" 0:36
6."Hold It Down" (featuring Facemob)Dean, Dorsey, Jones, Jordan, Smith5:27
7."Blind Leading the Blind" (featuring Menace Clan)Adams, Dean, Jordan, Miller, Willie D5:04
8."First Light of the Day"Dean, Jordan, Willie D, Wilson5:07
9."Time Taker"Dean, Jordan, Willie D5:12
10."Geto Boys and Girls"Dean, Jordan, Willie D5:59
11."Geto Fantasy"Dean, Gregory, Johnson, Jordan, Miller, Willie D4:30
12."I Just Wanna Die"Dean, Johnson, Jordan4:00
13."Niggas and Flies"Edwards, Willie D3:09
14."A Visit with Larry Hoover" 1:25
15."Point of No Return"Dean, Jordan, Willie D3:06
Note

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 12 & 14 are omitted on the vinyl LP, cutting the album's track listing in half for that format.

Samples[edit]

Uses in media[edit]

The song "Still" was used in the 1999 Mike Judge film Office Space during the scene when Peter, Samir and Michael destroy a printer in the middle of a field with a baseball bat. "Still" was produced by N.O. Joe. A parody of the scene (using a censored version of "Still") was made by Brian and Stewie on the Family Guy season seven episode "I Dream of Jesus", in which they destroy a record of the song "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen. The uncensored version of the song is available on the Family Guy volume seven DVD. Another parody of the scene was used for Spike TV's commercial of their coverage of the Consumer Electronics Convention in Las Vegas, shown in December 2011 and starring iJustine.[3] In Silicon Valley, Mike Judge again sampled from this album by using the song "First Light of the Day" in the closing credits of the fourth episode of the show's sixth season.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
RapReviews8/10[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]

The Resurrection has received positive reviews, with some reviewers calling the album the best album the Geto Boys have ever made. In a positive review, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote "The Resurrection outstrips every other Geto Boys record in every sense -- it is the leanest, meanest, and funkiest thing they've ever recorded."[1] James Bernard of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+, writing "What makes this their best work is the album's festive mood, despite its harsh subject matter."[5]

In 2005, the comedian Chris Rock ranked The Resurrection 15th on his list of the Top-25 Hip-Hop Albums ever.[9]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard 200[12] 120
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 15

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1996 "The World Is a Ghetto" 82 37 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Resurrection - Geto Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "Geto Boys > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Spike CES All Access iJustine Promo. YouTube. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  5. ^ a b Bernard, James (April 26, 1996). "Music Review: 'The Resurrection' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Coker, Cheo Hodari (March 31, 1996). "The Geto Boys, "The Resurrection", Rap-A-Lot". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  7. ^ T., Pete (March 23, 2010). "Geto Boys: The Resurrection: Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records". RapReviews. Archived from the original on January 11, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Huffman, Eddie (May 16, 1996). "Geto Boys: The Resurrection : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 5, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums". Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "Geto Boys Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Geto Boys Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  12. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1996". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "1996 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 52. December 28, 1996. p. YE-39. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Geto Boys – Resurrection". Recording Industry Association of America.