Usual Suspects (album)

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Usual Suspects
Usual Suspects 5th Ward Boyz.jpg
Studio album by 5th Ward Boyz
Released November 18, 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip Hop
Label Rap-a-Lot / Virgin
Producer Mike Dean, 5th Ward Boyz, Mr Lee (producer), Scarface, John Bido, Freddy Young, Flip
5th Ward Boyz chronology
Rated G
(1995)Rated G1995
Usual Suspects
Keep It Poppin'
(1999)Keep It Poppin'1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Usual Suspects is the fourth album by the 5th Ward Boyz, released on November 18, 1997 through Rap-a-Lot Records.

Most of the production came from Mike Dean, who had produced the majority of the group's previous three albums, and Leroy "Mr Lee (producer)" Williams. Other producers on the album included the 5th Ward Boyz, Scarface and John Bido.

Though the album was an improvement on the charts over their last album Rated G, peaking at 180 on the Billboard 200 and 26 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, Usual Suspects was less well received. Allmusic called it an "unoriginal effort" and said "Usual Suspects demonstrated that in 1997 there were still many rappers who were content to offer one tired, worn-out gangsta rap cliché after another."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "O.G. Intro"- 1:18
  2. "Gangsta Shit"- 3:58 (featuring Spice 1 and Mr. Slimm)
  3. "Hustlin'"- 4:52
  4. "Live Your Life"- 4:26
  5. "Big Faces"- 3:56
  6. "I Know"- 5:02 (featuring Scarface)
  7. "Heat"- 4:53
  8. "Got II Be Down II Die"- 4:14
  9. "Live Remote"- 1:13
  10. "Fuck Strugglin'"- 5:36 (featuring 8Ball & MJG)
  11. "Hollywood"- 4:57
  12. "Somethin' to Ride To"- 4:05 (featuring Do or Die and Johnny P)
  13. "Don't Nuttin Change"- 4:52
  14. "Pussy, Weed and Alcohol"- 5:52 (featuring Willie D and Devin the Dude)
  15. "Til the World Blow Up"- 5:35
  16. "Mama's Praying"- 4:11


Chart (1997) Peak
Billboard 200 180
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop 26