The Resurrection (Geto Boys album)

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The Resurrection
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 2, 1996[1]
StudioLil J's Studio
(Houston, Texas)
ProducerBrad Jordan, Mike Dean, N.O. Joe, Uncle Eddie, Derick Edwards
Geto Boys chronology
Till Death Do Us Part
The Resurrection
Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly
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]

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

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.


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 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 7 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 (TV series), 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
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]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1996 6 1

Singles chart positions[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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Resurrection - Geto Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Geto Boys > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
  3. ^ Spike CES All Access iJustine Promo. YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  5. ^ a b Bernard, James (26 April 1996). "Music Review: 'The Resurrection' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
  6. ^ Coker, Cheo Hodari (1996-03-31). "The Geto Boys, "The Resurrection", Rap-A-Lot". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  7. ^ T., Pete (2010-03-23). "Geto Boys: The Resurrection: Rap-A-Lot/Virgin Records". RapReviews. Archived from the original on 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  8. ^ Huffman, Eddie (16 May 1996). "Geto Boys: The Resurrection : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums". Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Geto Boys – Resurrection". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.