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O.G. Original Gangster

Ice T

1991

O.G. Original Gangster

Album Summary

O.G. Original Gangster is the fourth studio album by American rapper Ice-T, released May 14, 1991 by Sire Records. Recording took place from July 1990 to January 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Its production was handled by seven producers: Afrika Islam, Beatmaster V, Bilal Bashir, DJ Aladdin, Nat The Cat, SLJ and Ice-T himself, who also served as executive producer. It features guest appearances from Body Count, Prince Whipper Whip and various Rhyme Syndicate artists, such as Donald D, Evil E and Randy Mac. The album peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On July 24, 1991, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating U.S. sales of more than 500,000 units. O.G. Original Gangster was ranked at #25 in Melody Maker's list of the top 30 albums of 1991, and was featured in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was praised by many as his best.

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2.99

Votes

4647

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Upon initial contact with Ice-T's music, I had envisioned him to be an ill-mannered and psychologically unstable man with an extremely uneducated and barbaric frame of mind, whose raps displayed nothing but ridiculous jargon, shocking sexual audacity and repulsive images of the ghetto. However, after further analysis of his music I can deduce that he is the epitome of antidisestablishmentarianism who embodies the entire spectrum of the urban experience and struggle. But to make things more plain and simple to the layman, I find Ice-T to be the dopest, flyist, O.G. pimp hustler gangster player hardcore motherfucker living today. To be honest I'm totally and irrevocably on his dick

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Below is a list of the musical Ices in order of preference: 1. Ice Cube 2. Ice T 3. Vanilla Ice

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Bangers and the guy is really funny as well. I'm not a big fan of skits in albums, but "First Impression" made me exhale through my nose. Very long. "Body Count" is a straight up rock song, "The Tower" samples the Halloween theme song?! This album just goes everywhere at once.. in a good way. I always thought that ICE-T was garbage, probably because Vanilla Ice soiled every ice-based rapper for me by association. The best rap album I've had so far - 5/5.

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Thu Jan 07 2021
5

Ah this is one of my favourite rap albums ever, maybe my actual fav. imo it's Ice's best outside the BC stuff. 5/5.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

A great album. The songs are memorable and Ice T nails it. I really enjoyed it. This is a rap album so it does not have Ice T's must controversial song Cop Killer because that is by his heavy metal group. I am not sure if there will be more Ice T on the list. I hope so.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

This album is hilarious -- the woman doing the critical analysis is great. I also like the music; I feel like my tastes in rap were formed in this era, so this stuff just sounds right to me. Body Count rules

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Liekkö Law & Order pehmittänyt minun sydämen, mutta pidin tästä levystä. Ei edelleenkään minun musaa, mutta tykkään Ice-T:n tavasta räpätä. Sen verran rauhallisesti sylkee riimejä, että ainakin minulle toimii paremmin kuin nopeampi englanninkielinen räpäytys. Ja ehdottomasti Body Count tallentui soittolistalle.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Decent album. Music and lyrics were interesting, better than I was expecting. Clever wording and a mix of serious and funny. Sound got old quick though and album got boring. Could have been 1/2 an hour shorter.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Unfortunately, I tested positive for Covid 19 today, so I wasn't really concentrating on this. I remember it being a dope ass motherfucker of an album when I first heard it though.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Bien que mes parents aient été deux gangsters influents de la côte ouest des Etats-Unis, je n'ai à aucun moment retrouvé les sons ni les odeurs de mon enfance lors de l'écoute de ce projet.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
2

Stop recommending me rap albums. I don't like rap albums

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Sun Oct 17 2021
1

Two ICE T in a week. That's enough ICE T to make kombucha taste good.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Ice T is the g.o.a.t always will be.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

wow blown away by the variety and simultaneous depth of this album

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

I haven't listened to OG since around when it came out so it was really surprising just how brilliant it is. I was blown away by the lyricism and the consuming beats. Really dang good work.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
5

Fucking O.G.!

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

DA O.G. GANGSTA 1991

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Muy bien . I love me some Ice T.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Wow.. the flow of the album was amazing. Way better than I expected

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Fri May 20 2022
5

I was really surprised by how much I liked this album it was a bit long but overall really witty and selfaware

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Ice T knows what’s up in every way

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Oof this is almost a skip album (the sex song was my least favorite). So many tracks are timeless. This is hard, musically adventurous, artistic… and that last track—incredible end. His voice and lyrics and attitude and intellect are five stars. Iconic album.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

BOOM! I put off listening to this until my kids were out of earshot which was a sensible move. But moving beyond the explicit lyrics, this album is absolutely banging! The beats are raw and gripping and Ice-T's raps are on point. I can overlook my unease as a non-black person listening to an album laden with references to a certain word beginning with n, have a 5/5

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Compelling. Though the content is clearly violent and dark, it doesn't take a naive or dumb approach even when it is being boastful. It is intelligently written and covers so much ground; does an amazing job of portraying a time and place.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Pretty good, there’s a lot to like here favorite song was probably Midnight, it had a pretty nice, industrial beat even when parts of the album got corny, I was still able to appreciate it it’s a 9/10 for me

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Ice T is a GOAT. His rapping is so hard-core, raw, and badass, and his metal shit is also top notch.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

OG indeed

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Tue Oct 27 2020
4

Classic

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Wed May 05 2021
4

5/23 Ice-T was NICE, new found respect for him. Standout tracks: Mic Contract, Mind Over Matter, New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme), Bitches 2, O.G. Original Gangster, Midnight, Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous, Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

The music made me angry and the final not made me angrier. Reflects an entire way of life that I’m painfully ignorant to.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Really good. Very dense lyrically and 72mins is a lot of work. Never listened much as dismissed as west coast gangster bull shit but Ice T has a lot to say, on par with public enemy.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

classic gangsta rap very well done

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Savage rhymes, hilarious and energising.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

of its time but some good songs with some donkeys

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

Casi 5

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Oh man, this album. i remember listening to this with my uncle Baldi outside during cookouts, or just hanging out when he was over at my grandma's. much like with NWA, i listened to it again later in life to understand it, and this is another album that was speaking more than just rap. the fact that it uses his own rock band in it, and is brilliantly composed, it's an instant include in any playlist.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

I liked it more toward the end. I was shocked by the heavy metal song.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

love that old school rap. good beats and doesn't get too indulgent with the skits.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Great one, very diverse although it is a bit long.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Kunnon O.G. menoa. Tuli kerralla selväksi millainen gangsteri Ice T on ja minkälaista elämää hän ja hänen lähipiirinsä viettävät. Oli sen verran selkeää artikulaatiota ja leppoisa flow, että maalaushommien taustalla pystyi kuuntelemaan mitä miekkosella on sanottavaa. Ja olihan sinne sekaan rokkibiisikin mahtunut, pääsi yllättämään!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Not really my genre, but Ice T is great.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I love this album - listened to it repeatedly as a teen

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Against me - white crosses

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I enjoyed this, there was a lot of swearing! I'd listen again.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

First introduction to gangsta rap, and honestly went in with a bad attitude. However, this is not bad and I enjoyed it but can't compare it to anything else in this genre. Black Sabbath being sampled in Midnight was fun. Body Count slaps and throws it over the top for me. 4.2/5.0.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Ice T at his best. Lyrics and music that are powerful and strong.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Great album, would not have listened if it wasnt for this. New found appreciation for ice t.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

shit smacks, dude has the best skits, lots of amazing rhymes

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Better than anticipated!

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Gutes Album, sozialkritische Texte.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

this was great, even if i got a little tired of it by the end. the amount of cultural change t represented, and helped bring about, is hard to comprehend - but it was real, and that legacy is important. i got to see him w/bodycount in 1992 or so, and although i didn't care much one way or the other back then, i'm glad i got to be there for it.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I don't usually listen to rap, but when I do it is these OGs like Ice-T. This early stuff is raw and powerful, like the beginnings of punk. Really good album

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

I respect Ice T more after listening to the album. It kept my attention. 3.5

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Old school gangsta rap. Definitely not my thing, just talking about how hard he is, how much sex he has, how much money and guns he has. It's produced well but just not my bag. I am giving it a higher rating because my opinion is based on my life experience and that I just don't enjoy the gangsta mentality or glorification, but I respect that this was impactful for black culture. Also the last track is the best part of the album, that was worth an extra point on itself too.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

A shade below the absolute best rap albums of the era and a touch too long at 72 minutes in length, but still pretty solid and worthy overall.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

It's good, but again nobody needs well over an hour of it

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Picked up as it went along. Before my time, but He had a lot to say and said it well.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

7/10 pretty formulaic but good for a 1991 rap album

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Al principio me costó, pero es muy buen disco

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Fucking great. Despite variable production, this holds up well 30 years later, some skits aside.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

actually very enjoyable and flowed nicely

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

The fact that Ice-T just threw in a rock song in this album is so cool. The rest of the album is very good too, always liked the 90's rap more than any other era of rap (yes I'm looking at you, mumble rap).

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

4/5. Actually pretty swag, got some attitude, pretty aight

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

The best thing about this exercise is the great hip hop albums I've been introduced to. ICE Ts album Power was the first rap album I ever purchased back 35ish years ago. This album is wonderful. Intelligent, compelling, musically diverse and just fucking good. 4.5🌟

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Ice T is not afraid to go beyond genre and reclaim rock and rolls black roots. This attitude and openness elevate this album and makes it stand out among early 90s gangster rap. He raps clearly and though he’s not the most acrobatic rapper, everything fits together well.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

A little bloated, a little samey, but damn, Ice-T got more flow than I was expecting. I never gave him much credit; guess that's gonna change.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

I heard the ‘rock that shit homie’ sample then got sucked into listening to JSRF soundtrack. This was really good tho! Better than I expected

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Amazingly progressive and political. Fun Zeppelin sample on one of the tracks.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Känner mig farlig

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I liked this much more than I expected to. Witty & angry at the same time.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

It's interesting listening to this with the knowledge that he ended up on Law & Order SVU.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

I mean it's right in the title, he's the OG.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Still stands up, very fond memories of this as a teenager - was lent it from a friend and it felt genuinely dangerous to listen to.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

“Oh boy,” I thought as I looked at 73 minutes of 1991 rap. It isn’t my preferred genre. When I put this on and didn’t mind the first track. Then “First Impression” - not really a musical track but a monologue - took me by surprise and made me really laugh. Maybe there will be enough here to carry me through to the end… There is a lot of variety on these songs. Yes, there is a lot of guns and drugs. These lyrics aren’t for family listening. Still I was surprised how far between my pearl-clutching moments were. Ice T throws in some moments of humor and empathy and social messaging that made this feel better than a lot of rap I’ve heard. The self-reflection and a willingness to examine and play with the tropes of the genre I find very refreshing. Still not something I will probably listen to while relaxing and chilling, but I like it and respect its place on this list.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I certainly know Ice-T as a rapper, but I am much more familiar with him as Tutuola. I know very little of his rap repertoire, but as far as a rap album goes, I thought that this one was quite a good one. I like Ice-T’s rap-style and rhymes. The music was also highly engaging for me. I can see calling up this album when I am in a mood for some rap of the 90s…which is certainly not on the daily, but…

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Wed May 18 2022
4

So this is the affable, older gentleman from the insurance and cereal commercials. Oh, Gee! It's hard to keep me hooked for over an hour, but this album sounded pretty good from start to finish. I was moving along the whole time. I was dreading the rap-metal track, but I really liked it. After having been expanding my hip hop/rap horizons, this album seems so much more self-aware and analytical than previous works. Not just "here were are," but "why we are here." I gained some understanding, insight, and appreciation from this album. That said, I completely missed the logic in "Bitches 2." So, "ladies," it's not so bad to be called a bitch because... now wait, what? And again so many references to women's body parts without ever really referring to a sentient human being attached to those parts...but...sigh. But aside from that general complaint about most hip hop, I enjoyed this album.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

This is really good. Hard-hitting and great beats. Long. Great shift to rock on Body count. Like the narrative interrmissions.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

i was surprised at how much i liked this. the production is largely simple but good, and T has some real lyricism here.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

An accessible and engaging hip hop album, this stands the test of time and does not sound at all dated, 30+ years after it's release. Apparently considered an early "gangsta rap" record, the themes of street life are viscerally conveyed with pathos and regret rather than glorification. It seems Ice T was decades ahead of his time. Not my genre, but one of my favourites of the genre. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme) Date listened: 01/06/22

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Crazy that this guy is an actor now

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

I remember hearing Body Count for the first time in my teens, blew my mind! Digging the Black Sabbath and Halloween samples, brings in elements of psychological horror. OG is a great album, but it's way longer than it should be. Maybe if it focused more on the hard hitting themes and less on appeasing the pimps, it could be a classic.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Doesn't this have to be on the list simply for the irony of Ice-T portraying a cop that has become longest running male TV character in history. One of the first, if not the first (Schoolly D) mainstream gangsta rap releases. Gets points for presenting and both glorifying and critiquing a lifestyle nor previously represented in music. The music is unrefined and the pivot to Body Count is only hinted at, but the overall effect is authentic and powerful.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

The trio of Mic Contract, Mind Over Matter, and New Jack Hustler is pretty great. Some of the rhymes are very of their time and sound a little ridiculous now, but this is a great album overall.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Pretty good. Lyrics are great

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Man who knew noted law & order SVU actor Ice-T could also rap?

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Excellent!

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Really damn good.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Why is Ice-T dressed like Mike Reno in the New Jack Hustler video? Good classic album.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Old school gangsta rap isn’t really my thing so I was expecting this to be a 2 or 3 star listen, but Ice-T’s rock inclinations and a couple of cool samples elevated this to a four! Fave track - “Midnight”, “Body Count” and “The Tower”. Awww yeah.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Pretty corny these days, but perty good

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

• I listened to this album while doing other things but, unlike other albums I’ve listened to while doing this, this album never fell into the background. • Ice T’s voice is great • The spoken interludes between songs were a very nice change of pace • The topics covered in the songs are meaningful and still relevant today. Favourite song: Body Count

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Pretty much west coast rap as I expect. Really enjoyed the Body Count's rap hew. But still for me, east > west I think... 4.5

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Like when someone snorts too much cocaine, or bets too much on the ponies

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Pretty dope

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

The skits may not have been wholly necessary, but this is still an excellent album. A worthy addition to the gangsta rap canon.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

I like Ice T. He's one of the reasons why Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is worth watching and his music is no-bullshit, old school Gangsta rap. I laughed out loud and nodded my head several times with his amazing lyrics and his delivery is on point. An enjoyable, intense listen, not for the faint of heart and conservative white Americans! (If you don't want to hear the word Nigger, move on.)

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Super solid 90s gangsta rap album, a little long for my tastes, and sadly riddled with filler that drags it down. But the bangers bang harder than Ice T banged yo mama last night.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

I wasn't that into it but I really liked the public service announcement at the end. That bumped it up a star for me.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

some bangers, his flow is dated by modern standards but still brings some great bars

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Ei lempparein miehen levyistä, mut nostalgiat heräsi. Bodycount saa aina adrenaliinin virtaamaan ja tsempin päälle. Hauska oli kuunnella pitkästä aikaa

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

Best Ice-T project I’ve listened to, always thought of him as a lesser Eazy E (even tho he came first). I dig the body count stuff too

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Mostly good. Some of the lyrics are ... Choice.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Classic 90's rap, can't listen too right now since the house is full of kids

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Og

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Not a bad album, classic rap humor

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Tue May 25 2021
3

The kind of music that makes you feel 1,000 feet tall. Wise, funny, self-referential and heavy.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Its ok

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I went into this thinking 2 stars, but I actually liked this quite a bit. 3 stars.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

1991, gangsta rap, ich hab nix anderes erwartet, bissi zu lang, kann man sich anhören, stabil

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

It's very interesting to listen to this album because it sounds like classical gangsta rap most of the time, but it's because it's is one of the classic albums of this style and inaugurated all of these classical characteristics. A great experience!

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Easy to see that many were inspired by this. Its decent but sadly seems clichéd now

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

"I'll never go broke, I got property Got a dope pitbull named Felony" (Ziplock) "I got nothin to lose, much to gain, In my brain, I got a capitalist migraine." (New Jack Hustler) Ice T es un señor con mucho talento y muy bueno en lo suyo, pero también es el detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola en Ley y Orden y no puedo pensar en otra cosa.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Proper hip hop. Enjoyed that.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

Tiukkaa tykitystä länsirannikolta. Tää on varmaan nyt sitä gangsta räppiä. Ihan viihdyttävää kamaa, vaikka alkaakin toistaan itseään nopeasti.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

fantastic old school hip-hop

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Yeah Ice can rap, he can write punk, he can play a mean cop.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Not my genre but good album

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Like it better now than when I was 16. A fair number of great songs, but difficult going through the 1h12m in one go.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Toen rap nog gangsta was

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

got.damn! You got me sinkin' in quicksand!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

It’s not bad and Ice T is a classic. But I’ve enjoyed some of the other hip hop/rap I’ve gotten more

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

LMAO this album. I've never heard it before, but this guy is cool. This music clearly uses humor to cope with some pretty hard realities. I love how it fluctuates between getting real talking about the native america's land being stole and then calling it a nigger move to do that. The interludes are hilarious and entertaining and the rock mix was grand. Love how political it got too. At the same time, this album is more like a manifesto than it is an album. I love it, but it's not high art. More like commentary. I am not impressed with the production or instrumentals, but the rhymes have some zingers. 3.5.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

80s rap GOD

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Comme vous le savez tous, je voulais sanctionner cet album d'un cinglant 2/5 pour sa longueur et sa monotonie, mais il faut reconnaitre que Ice-T a su créer une atmosphère qui lui permet de s'en tirer avec un 3. Je ne relancerai pourtant jamais cet album, jamais Robert tu m'entends? Tes albums de merde commencent a me courrir sur le haricot.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

It's listenable. A little dated and samey across the album.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

probably interesting at the time but i doubt i would listen again

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

A classic for sure although pretty long!

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Probably revolutionary for it's time, but pretty dated

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Fun album. I don't think I've ever actually heard any music by ice t before today.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Standouts "Body Count" It.. rocks.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Bitches 2

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

mucha calle a veces demasiada

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

Classic Golden Era, Gansta Rap. I'll give you that.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

Bc bc bc

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

hey, an album I could listen to! finally!

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Pretty cool and diverse album, covers a good amount of ground, don’t feel the need to listen many more times though

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

it occurred to me that ice-t's rhymes sound more or less exactly like flynt flossy except without irony. i want to give this a 2 but it pulls a kind of nostalgia out of me that i appreciate

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Ice T has no chill

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

New to me. Some of the production now sounds dated, and it is definitely too long. But the first half still sounds pretty great.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Some of this has aged great, some has aged poorly. Minus a rating for being so long too. 6/10

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

5/10. Kinda better than I expected. Quite long, but very animated throughout, and sorta fun to listen to. Another 90's rap album where it's interesting to hear the artist give their take on reclaiming the n-word

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Mkay

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Meat and potatoes gangsta rap. Solid production choices throughout; Body Count stands out but very much as an example of its time. Ice-T's lyricism is consistent, hits all the beats, and is slightly repetitive. The storytelling on Midnight is especially good. The skits fit. The 72 minutes feel earned.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Beste nummers: New jack hustler Bitches 2 OG original gangster

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

fantastic lyricism and rap/rock instrumentals; drags on too long; very fun highlights but some unremarkable tracks

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I like the direction it took! Not totally my sound though.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Body count was a nice surprise, sonically.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Pretty cool album. It's a huge jump from today's hip-hop, or even anything in the 2000s but its still a good listen. Great lyricism and swag from Ice-T. 6/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

For the most part, I found this to be a fun listen. A little too long, but still enjoyable. Favorites: "O.G. Original Gangster", "Midnight", "Body Count" (even though it sounds nothing like the rest of the album)

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Der O.G. gibt Gas und macht vor allem auf der Sample-Ebene mächtig Spaß. Das ist zwar so oldschool, aber einfach packend gesetzt und zusammengebaut. 3.4

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

The usual early 90’s west coast sound.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

I don't listen to rap but it is better than the previous new wave albums I had to listen to...

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Good grief but 72 minutes of this was WAY too much, though when it really hits it's good. Sampling Zeppelin and Sabbath on "Midnight" was particularly amusing.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Really good when it's good but just as bad when it's bad. Horrible album cover!

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

ganska kul och bra men way to långt va

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Yeah alright

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Great sense of humor. Decent variety. Good flow. But also wasn't blown away by it and it's too long.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Genre: Gangsta Rap 3/5 Ice-T is one of those dudes who has certainly grown out of what some call "the hood mentality". A legitimate actor and family man, Ice-T has since rebuilt his life, leaving behind any of the real-world cultural trappings that men in his situation generally aren't able to leave behind. Before he took a full nose dive out of the culture, he dropped O.G. Original Gangster, a gangsta rap opus that spans almost 80 minutes. It's bloated, and at the same time is both repetitive and constant in its themes and musical backdrops, while also being a bit of an overall mess. While O.G. didn't have too many big singles (the title track was successful in the rap charts at the time), it features plenty of lush, g-funk style production that provides each track with some great beats to enjoy throughout the project (Home of the Bodybag, Straight Up N***a, Lifestyles). There are some stylistic choices that make this stink of the early 90s. There are lots of skits and interludes, rap album staples of the time, but the weirdest thing here is the rap-metal crossover, Body Count. A song that isn't too weird of an experiment in its own right, but sounds totally out of place musically. Thematically, however, it's right on pitch. Not a bad album by any means, but a little too long, and a little too heavy and vulgar for your average music listener.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

"It's just so LONG" has been my main complaint about some of our albums in the last couple weeks. You know what they say...if the album's too long, you're too damn old, Gramma. I like Ice-T's sound and enjoy the riffs and samples here. But this just went on and on and on. I think I would have enjoyed the 16-track vinyl album more.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Very neat rhyming, excellent beats for jogging. Obviously very violent, but the intelligence, wit and irony are clear. Great voice. Not as awful as I would have expected for gangsta rap.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Picking up where NWA left off with Straight Outta Compton but reminding everyone that he did it first. Ice T did a good job here showing people what gangsta rap is and has some fun beats too. Unfortunately I think this album is about 30 mins too long. Remove the skits and some of the worse songs and this would have been a better album. Would have gotten a 3.5 if possible.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Wow, this is intense. His anger comes through in so many ways -- obviously in the lyrics but also is the pacing, phrasing and the guitar riffs. Hard to say I liked it because of the violent and misogynistic images, but there's an important message embedded here. I think Body Count is the best song on the album. Great early mix of rap and metal.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

1h15 vraiment... Pas un flow vraiment intéressant... les beats sont intéressant et les sample son très funky, ce que j'adore, mais j'ai jamais été vraiment fan de ICe-T. J ene veux pas mettre deux pour les samples et DJ, 3.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

It's a very good album that represents well the gangsta rap genre. I liked the references to rock music and even that Ice-T takes the time to express his opinion on the subject during the record. There are nice tracks and punchlines. The sampling of Black Sabbath or Carpenter were very cool. That said, why making so long album while all the music is on the same pace? I'll never understand how it can be interesting for so long while being always on the same pace.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Good hip-hop album, some nice songs in there. Too bad it's way too long for what it has to offer.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

3.6 - Towards the end of her life, my grandmother’s impeccable cooking skills started to deteriorate. She still prepared huge feasts and she’d lovingly encourage, ply, shame and guilt trip us into stuffing ourselves well past satiation. Listening to the 73 minutes of this album feels like eating at my late grandma’s. Sure, everything served up is okay, even good, and I appreciate the effort to put it all together. But I end up feeling bad for wanting much, much less of it. Standouts: “New Jack Hustler”, “Bitches 2.”

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

He's a hustler

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Is he Fin Tutuola? Is he a cop killa? Nah, he's the OG. This is definitely a snapshot of a different cultural time. "You need this kind of song... now this kind of song..." Yet there are still some commentaries on the objectification of women and glorification of violence--which was all prevalent in the gangster rap of the time. The samples and beats are fun. Can you hear Led Zeppelin in there?

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

It's fascinating how "O.G. Original Gangster" is described as the pioneer of gangsta rap. It's as if Ice-T described himself as the "original gangsta" before gansta rap or gangsta aesthetic in general blew up. Or maybe the culture is already on fire in 1991. Still, I can definitely see how raw and sincere it is. It really felt like the beginning of something, a new genre. It has the vibes and energy of Public Enemy. And of course, this isn't as revolutionary as the mentioned group. But I still get it. Apparently, Ice-T realized that writing "party-rap" like everybody else is worthless, so he started writing about the realities in his rough life in Los Angeles (?). But perhaps the only thing that truly interested me here is how he used rock/hardcore music. And he was true about rock (or rock-'n'-roll as they refer to it) originally coming from black people. I guess that little rap vs rock thing has a race dimension. Although I wouldn't say that the rock elements are very great, they're still fascinating as a listen. In "Body Count", he introduced his band of the same name. The metal-ish track caught me off guard. It might be out of place but it broke the monotony of the album. The band will eventually release the controversial "Cop Killer", which would inspire N.W.A.'s "Fuck tha Police". Also, RATM would release their debut in the same year. Influential, I guess. Although Bestie Boys did a hard rocking rap rock album half a decade ago. Btw, "When the Levee Breaks" is better with "Sweet Leaf" than it is with "Black Sabbath". Still, "Midnights" is also a fascinating, monotony-breaking, rap rock track. Overall, quite decent. Just too long and too monotonous. But that's just gangsta rap, of course.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Pretty alright but so long that I didn't finish it

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

This album is way too long for what it is, but I liked some parts of it. It gets old pretty fast, although the production is nice and it stays pretty consistent.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

One of the most sonically diverse gangster rap albums ever. A great mix of thoughtful and political spoken word, heavy beats, and even a hard rock song. It's just way too long man - there is some great stuff here but also a lot of filler, and a more refined tracklist could have given this album so much more of an impact

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

I am giving it three stars. I am not evaluating the history or the culture behind this album because I do not know it well, and that is likely why this album does not resonate with me that well.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Has a few moments of substance that go beyond gangster fantasy, especially in the second half. I don’t think a lot of rappers then or now were urging listeners to do something about child abuse. Or being so straightforward when it comes to the impacts of systemic racism. He’s saying some important things in 1991 that Americans are just starting to acknowledge in the third decade of the 21st century. Lifestyles of the rich and infamous is a highlight, also escape from the killing fields. I got more out of it than I expected but it’s not something I’m going to be listening to too often. The production let him down somewhat I think—I know this is classic west coast style (heavy on the James brown samples) but a lot of these beats are just kind of flat. If it were a little more focused (like 45 minutes instead of 75) and the beats were a little stronger, this would have gone to the next level for me.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Ég veit ekki alveg af hverju, en ég hef alltaf haft soft spot fyrir Ice-T. Hann er eitthvað svo krúttlegur að reyna að vera rosa harður gaur og blóta voða mikið og vera anti-establishment og sjitt. Love it!

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

6/17, 35%

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Hard tracks hit hard but lots of filler

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

I remember some of these tracks from when the album was popular and getting a lot of attention. Very catchy and well crafted.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

For the longest time, I only knew ice t from svu and thought he was pretty cool on that until I found out he used to be a famous rapper. I was interested to hear this album since I’d never heard any of his music until now and it was pretty much what I expected. Early 90s hip hop that isn’t really my thing but I can appreciate objectively. The lyrics/storytelling on here are good but still didn’t fully do it for me except for body count which shows how white I am I guess. The final skit was good but is cancelled out by the cringe first skit

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Oli jäänyt mielikuva, että Ice T olis ollut kovakin pläjäys. Turhan gangstaa ja keskinkertaisilla biiteillä joten vaisu kokonaisuus.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
2

appreciate it

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

Not a huge fan of this album.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

2.5

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Sat Mar 06 2021
2

Edelleenkään ei yhtään mun genre. NWA toimi vähän paremmin kuin tämä. Saman biisin looppausta alusta loppuun biisin teemojen muuttuessa marginaalisesti. Body Count oli mukavaa vaihtelua muuten niin harmaassa massassa.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

not a good rapper

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Rap isn't really my favorite thing to listen to, but its 90s rap so it isn't as bad

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

Hip-hop del de qué grande la tengo...

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Its not my Genre. Lyrically its enjoyable enough but there isn't much to make this stand out from the crowd and I am immensely bored by half way through 2/5

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Pimpin' ain't easy indeed.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Some solid grooves.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Inte så bra 2/5

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Sat Feb 06 2021
2

A little long, understand the impact but not hooked, might need another listen, do like the rock elements, however, esp. in Body Count No Saved Songs

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Ice T is a budget Ice Cube, but this isn't as shite as i expected. suffered from the disease that all rap albums have of the stupid skit things where they always talk about how big their dig is and how much poontang they get but i'll let that slide as even they weren't as bad as ones i've previously suffered.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Too many tracks. Album lasts over an hour, which is way too long. Also, too much foul language. Ice-T is a good rapper though.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
2

not heard it before, OK for the first 10 mins then lost interest.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Not a big rap fan.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Too long and repetitive

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Tue May 25 2021
2

2/5 meh, nigga nigga niggani gga, tylsät biitit ja riimit

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