You Played Yourself

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"You Played Yourself"
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Single by Ice-T
from the album 'The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say'
B-side "Freedom Of Speech"
Released April 5, 1990[1]
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Label Sire Records
Songwriter(s) Ice-T, Charles Bobbit, James Brown, Fred Wesley, Afrika Islam
Producer(s) Afrika Islam
Ice-T
Ice-T singles chronology
"What Ya Wanna Do"
(1989)
"You Played Yourself"
(1990)
"Dick Tracy"
(1990)
"What Ya Wanna Do"
(1989)
"You Played Yourself"
(1990)
"Dick Tracy"
(1990)

"You Played Yourself" is a 1990 rap single by Ice-T, from his third album The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say.

The song tells details several failures through hubris. One goes uneducated thinking he is a gangster when really he is nothing. Another is a rapper who offends his fans because he thinks he is above them but they turn on him - he is left unemployed with no one because he has offended them all. Another is a drug addict, paranoid and doesn't eat. He rips off his family for drug money and they disown him. He then tries to do an armed robbery to get money but accidentally kills someone and ends up on death row. The track heavily samples "The Boss" by James Brown from the Black Caesar (film) soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. "You Played Yourself" (Remix) — DJ Aladdin, King Tee
  2. "You Played Yourself" (Remix Instrumental) — DJ Aladdin, King Tee

Side B[edit]

  1. "You Played Yourself" (LP Version)
  2. "Freedom Of Speech"

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