The Skills Dat Pay da Bills

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The Skills Dat Pay da Bills
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 3, 1992
GenreHip hop
LabelIsland/PolyGram Records
514 057
ProducerBig Daddy Kane, Jazzy Jay, Silver D., L.G., Laz-E-Laz
Positive K chronology
The Skills Dat Pay da Bills
Back to the Old School
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2]

The Skills Dat Pay da Bills is Positive K's debut album, which was released November 3, 1992. With "I Got a Man" making waves on the radio, he was doing underground compilation appearances, guest spots on other hip-hop artists' albums, and worked with emcee Big Daddy Kane on the single ("Nightshift"), which led to his album. Despite reviews calling the album more than a fluke hit, it lacked perseverance on the album charts, leading him to become a one-hit wonder. To date, the album is still beloved in the underground hip-hop community.

This album is the first recorded instance of the phrase "drop it like it's hot," which appears in the songs "Ain't No Crime" and "Minnie the Moocher."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (Pos K Theme)" 0:57
  2. "Pass the Mic" 4:00
  3. "One 2 the Head (feat. Jazzy Jay)" 4:08
  4. "Shakin'" 4:57
  5. "How the Fuck Would You Know" 5:14
  6. "Carhoppers" 3:29
  7. "Nightshift" 4:40
  8. "Intro (Back the Fuck Up)" 1:07
  9. "I Got a Man" 3:52
  10. "Ain't No Crime" 5:02
  11. "The Shout-Out" 2:37
  12. "Friends" 4:50
  13. "Minnie the Moocher" 4:11
  14. "Nightshift [Remix]" 4:49
  15. "A Flower Grows in Brooklyn" 4:07
  16. "It's All Over" 4:46



Chart (1993) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 168
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 50


Year Single Chart Position
1992 "I Got a Man" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 10
1992 "I Got a Man" Rhythmic Top 40 12
1992 "I Got a Man" The Billboard Hot 100 14
1992 "Nightshift" Hot Rap Singles 17
1993 "Ain't No Crime" Hot Rap Singles 16
1993 "I Got a Man" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 14
1993 "I Got a Man" Hot Rap Singles 1


  1. ^ "The Skills Dat Pay da Bills - Positive K | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "The Skills Dat Pay da Bills".
  3. ^ "Positive K Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Positive K Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2017.