O.G. Original Gangster [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
One of gangsta rap's defining albums, O.G. Original Gangster is a sprawling masterpiece that stands far and away as Ice-T's finest hour. Taken track by track, O.G. might not seem at first like the product of a unified vision; perspective-wise, it's all over the map. There's perceptive social analysis, chilling violence, psychological storytelling, hair-trigger rage, pleas for solutions to ghetto misery, cautionary morality tales, and cheerfully crude humor in the depictions of sex and defenses of street language. But with a few listens, it's possible to assimilate everything into a complex, detailed portrait of Ice-T's South Central L.A. roots -- the album's contradictions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
One of gangsta rap's defining albums, O.G. Original Gangster is a sprawling masterpiece that stands far and away as Ice-T's finest hour. Taken track by track, O.G. might not seem at first like the product of a unified vision; perspective-wise, it's all over the map. There's perceptive social analysis, chilling violence, psychological storytelling, hair-trigger rage, pleas for solutions to ghetto misery, cautionary morality tales, and cheerfully crude humor in the depictions of sex and defenses of street language. But with a few listens, it's possible to assimilate everything into a complex, detailed portrait of Ice-T's South Central L.A. roots -- the album's contradictions reflect the complexities of real life. That's why the more intelligent, nuanced material isn't negated by the violence and sexism -- both of which, incidentally, are held relatively in check, with the former having been reshaped into a terrifying but inescapable fact of life. That isn't to say that O.G. Original Gangster is designed to appeal to delicate intellectual sensibilities; it's still full of raw, street-level aggression that makes no apologies or concessions. That goes for the music as well as the lyrics. The beats are a little too hard-driving and jittery to really breathe like funk, which only adds to the dark, claustrophobic feel of the production. Ice smoothly keeps up with the music's furious pace and also debuts his soon-to-be-notorious metal band Body Count on one track. That kind of artistic ambition is all over the album, whether in the lean musical attack or the urgent rhymes. O.G. Original Gangster is a certifiable gangsta rap classic, and arguably the most realistic, unvarnished representation of a world Ice-T was the first to chronicle on record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075992649223
  • Catalog Number: 26492
  • Sales rank: 51,181

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Home of the Bodybag (2:12)
  2. 2 First Impression (0:45)
  3. 3 Ziplock (1:20)
  4. 4 Mic Contract (4:24)
  5. 5 Mind over Matter (4:12)
  6. 6 New Jack Hustler (4:43)
  7. 7 Ed (1:10)
  8. 8 Bitches 2 (5:24)
  9. 9 Straight up Nigga (3:43)
  10. 10 O.G. Original Gangster (4:13)
  11. 11 The House (0:57)
  12. 12 Evil E-What About Sex? (0:46)
  13. 13 Fly By (3:29)
  14. 14 Midnight (5:49)
  15. 15 Fried Chicken (1:00)
  16. 16 M.V.P.s (4:20)
  17. 17 Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous (3:51)
  18. 18 Body Count (6:07)
  19. 19 Prepared to Die (0:39)
  20. 20 Escape from the Killing Fields (2:36)
  21. 21 Street Killer (0:41)
  22. 22 Pulse of the Rhyme (4:17)
  23. 23 The Tower (3:58)
  24. 24 Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ice-T Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Donald D Contributor
DJ Aladdin Producer
Bilal Bashir Producer
Steve Batte Engineer
Ernie C. Contributor
D Rock Contributor
Ice-T Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Afrika Islam Producer
Charlie Jam Contributor
Randy Mac Contributor
Sean Mac Contributor
Mooseman Contributor
Nat the Cat Contributor
Prince Whip Contributor
Special K Contributor
Vachik Engineer
DJ Su Producer
Batte Engineer
Sli Producer
Dennis Parker Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great tracks

    This CD is full of great raps. It is Ice-T's best one. The raps really make you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute Classic

    This is Ice T's best Album and one of the top ten Rap Albums of all time.I bought this Album the day it came out in 1991,because i had loved "The Iceberg" Ice T's previous album.This Album dosent turn up in many critics best Rap Album lists,and thats a shame because the politics and humor on this disc are first rate,not to mention the beats. Ice T will remain one of my favourite Rap Artists ever,he inspired me with his music and i will always respect him.

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