01. Dedication 02. Check It Out 03. The Dragon 04. Spring Again 05. Just A Friend 06. She’s Not Just Another Woman (Monique) 07. Mudd Foot 08. A Thing Named Kim 09. Me Versus Me 10. My Man Rich 11. I Hear Music 12. Biz In The Harmony 13. Things Get A Little Easier 14. Just A Friend (12″ Version) 15. Just A Friend (Instrumental) 16. Spring Again (Club Mix) 17. Spring Again (12″ Remix) 18. Spring Again (Dub)


Biz Markie

  1. Friends & Respect – 5:12
  2. Sex Wit You – 4:04
  3. Got Me Waiting – 4:31
  4. Nuttin’ But Love – 3:34
  5. Something Goin’ On – 3:28
  6. This Is Your Night – 3:31
  7. Got Me Waiting (Remix) – 6:11
  8. Take Your Time – 4:07
  9. Spend a Little Time on Top – 3:23
  10. Keep It Goin’ – 3:59
  11. Black Coffee – 4:28
  12. Move On – 4:28
  13. The Lord’s Prayer – :54


LL Cool J Radio

October 13, 2011

Radio is the debut album of American rapper LL Cool J, released November 18, 1985 on Def Jam Recordings in the United States. It serves as the label’s first full-length album release. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1984 to 1985 at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse and minimal production style. Radio also features a sound that is punctuated by DJ scratching, mostly brief samples, and emphasis of the downbeat. LL Cool J’s b-boy lyricism conveys themes of inner city culture, teenage promiscuity, and braggadocio raps.

The album experienced a significant amount of commercial success and sales for a hip hop record at the time, earning U.S. Billboard chart success and selling over 500,000 copies within its first five months of release. On April 19, 1989, Radio was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), following sales in excess of one million copies in the United States. Initial criticism of the album was generally positive, as LL Cool J’s lyricism and Rick Rubin’s production were praised by several music critics. It has since been recognized by critics as LL Cool J’s greatest work.

Reflecting the new school and ghettoblaster subculture in the U.S. during the mid-1980s, Radio belongs to a pivotal moment in the history and culture of hip hop. Its success contributed to the displacement of the old school with the new school form and to the genre’s mainstream success during the period. Its success also served as a career breakthrough for LL Cool J and Rick Rubin. Radio has been recognized by music writers as one of the first cohesive and commercially successful hip hop albums. In 2003, the album was ranked number 478 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. I Can’t Live Without My Radio”   Rick Rubin 5:28
2. “You Can’t Dance”   Rick Rubin 3:37
3. “Dear Yvette”   Rick Rubin 4:07
4. I Can Give You More”   Rick Rubin 5:08
5. “Dangerous”   Rick Rubin 4:40
6. Untitled   Rick Rubin 1:18
7. Rock the Bells”   Rick Rubin 4:01
8. I Need a Beat (Remix)”   Rick Rubin, Jazzy Jay 4:32
9. “That’s a Lie” (featuring Russell Rush) Rick Rubin 4:42
10. You’ll Rock”   Rick Rubin 4:44
11. “I Want You”   Rick Rubin 4:51


2Pac 2Pacalypse Now

September 23, 2011

2Pacalypse Now is the debut album by rapper Tupac Shakur, released in November 1991. Though less polished than his later albums, it is his most overtly political work. He addresses social problems such as racism, police brutality, poverty and teenage pregnancy, some issues giving a lyrical glimpse into the world of a young black person on the urban streets of the United States.

2Pacalypse Now is hailed by many critics and fans for its underground feel, with many rappers such as Nas, Eminem, 50 Cent, Game, and Talib Kweli having pointed to it as a source for inspiration.[4]

Although the album was originally released on Jive Records/Priority Records (Priority distributed Interscope’s early releases in conjunction with Atlantic Records), Interscope/Amaru Entertainment, the label owned by Afeni Shakur, has since gained the rights to it. The album’s name is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

The album generated significant controversy stemming from Dan Quayle‘s public criticism after a youth in Texas shot a state trooper and his defense attorney claimed he was influenced by 2Pacalypse Now and its strong theme of police brutality. Quayle made the statement, “There’s no reason for a record like this to be released. It has no place in our society.”

The record never achieved the same success as many of 2Pac’s later albums owing in part to rough construction and sometimes repetitive beats, but it was important in showcasing 2Pac’s political conviction and lyrical talent. On MTV’s Greatest Rappers of All Time List, 2pacalypse Now was listed as one of 2Pac’s “certified classic” albums, along with Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

2Pacalypse Now went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA. It featured three singles; “Brenda’s Got a Baby“, “Trapped“, and “If My Homie Calls“.

2Pacalypse Now can be found in the Vinyl Countdown and in the instruction manual for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas along with the track “I Don’t Give a Fuck” which appeared on the in-game radio station, Radio Los Santos.

1. “Young Black Male”   Big D The Impossible (D Evans) 2:35
2. Trapped(featuring Shock G) The Underground Railroad 4:44
3. “Soulja’s Story”   Big D The Impossible 5:05
4. “I Don’t Give a Fuck” (featuring Pogo) Pee-Wee (R Gooden) 4:20
5. “Violent”   Raw Fusion (R Brooks & D Elliot) 6:25
6. “Words of Wisdom”   Shock G (G Jacobs) 4:54
7. “Something Wicked” (featuring Pee-Wee) Jeremy 2:28
8. “Crooked Ass Nigga” (featuring Stretch) Stretch (R Walker) 4:17
9. If My Homie Calls”   Big D The Impossible 4:18
10. Brenda’s Got a Baby(featuring Dave Hollister) The Underground Railroad 3:55
11. “Tha’ Lunatic” (featuring Stretch) Shock G 3:29
12. “Rebel of the Underground” (featuring Ray Luv & Shock G) Shock G 3:17
13. “Part Time Mutha” (featuring Angelique & Poppi) Big D The Impossible 5:13


Sex Packets is the debut album from the 1990s rap group Digital Underground and is a concept album about “G.S.R.A.” (Genetic Suppression Relief Antedotes), a pharmaceutical substance that is produced in the form of a large glowing pill (about the size of a quarter), that comes in a condom-sized package, and is allegedly developed by the government to provide its intended users (Astronauts and the like) with a satisfying sexual experience in situations where the quest-for/attainment-of such experiences would be counterproductive to the mission at hand.

The album was released in the spring of 1990 following the success of its two lead-off singles: “Doowutchyalike,” a moderate club hit, followed by mega-hit “The Humpty Dance,” which climbed all the way to #11 on the pop charts, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. Sex Packets delivered on the promise of its singles with an abundance of P-Funk samples, jazzy interludes, and an innovative amalgam of samples and live instrumentation, earning it positive reviews and platinum sales.[8] The album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums in 1998, and was re-issued on February 8, 2005 by Rhino Entertainment. The album is broken down track-by-track by Digital Underground in Brian Coleman’s book Check the Technique.[9]

Album Certification: RIAA certified million seller.[10]

1. The Humpty Dance”     6:30
2. “The Way We Swing”     6:48
3. “Rhymin’ on the Funk”     6:16
4. “The New Jazz (One)”     0:37
5. “Underwater Rimes (Remix)”     4:23
6. “Gutfest ’89 (Edit)”     5:50
7. “The Danger Zone”     5:31
8. “Freaks of the Industry”     5:38
9. “Doowutchyalike”     8:51
10. “Packet Prelude”     0:57
11. “Sex Packets”     7:21
12. “Street Scene”     0:33
13. “Packet Man”     4:41
14. “Packet Reprise”



Gang Starr

September 16, 2011

Step In the Arena is the second studio album by hip hop duo Gang Starr, released on January 15 1991. Initially, the album was rated 3.5 out of 5 mics in The Source magazine.[4] In his review, Reef wrote: “Step in the Arena stands alone on a musical level, yet it also remains true to hip-hop’s underground heritage.” In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source’s 100 Best Hip Hop Albums.[5] In 2007, it was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by IGN.com.[6] The song “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight” was remixed by DJ Premier for use in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

  1. “Name Tag (Premier & the Guru)”
  2. “Step in the Arena”
  3. “Form of Intellect”
  4. “Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)”
  5. “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”
  6. “Beyond Comprehension”
  7. “Check the Technique”
  8. “Lovesick”
  9. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
  10. “Game Plan”
  11. “Take a Rest”
  12. “What You Want this Time?”
  13. “Street Ministry”
  14. “Just to Get a Rep” (short version)
  15. “Say Your Prayers”
  16. “As I Read My S-A”
  17. “Precisely the Right Rhymes”
  18. “The Meaning of the Name”

Ice-T (Body Count)

September 8, 2011

Body Count is an American thrash metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1990. The group was founded by Ice-T, known outside of this band as a rapper. Ice-T founded the group out of his interest in heavy metal music and took on the role of vocalist for the group, writing the lyrics for most of the group’s songs, while the music was written by lead guitarist Ernie C. The group’s self-titled debut album was released on Sire Records in 1992.

The song “Cop Killer” was the subject of much controversy. Although Sire Records’ parent company, Warner Bros. Records, defended the single, Ice-T chose to remove the track from the album because he felt that the controversy had eclipsed the music itself. The group left Sire the following year. Since then, they have released three further albums on different labels, none of which have been received as commercially or critically well as their debut album.


  1. “Smoked Pork” — 0:46 (Ice-T)
  2. “Body Count’s in the House” — 3:24 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  3. “Now Sports” — 0:04 (Ice-T)
  4. “Body Count” — 5:17 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  5. “A Statistic” — 0:06 (Ice-T)
  6. “Bowels of the Devil” — 3:43 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  7. “The Real Problem” — 0:11 (Ice-T)
  8. “KKK Bitch” — 2:52 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  9. “C Note” — 1:35 (Ernie C)
  10. “Voodoo” — 5:00 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  11. “The Winner Loses” — 6:32 (Ernie C)
  12. There Goes the Neighborhood” — 5:50 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  13. “Oprah” — 0:06 (Ice-T)
  14. “Evil Dick” — 3:58 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  15. “Body Count Anthem” — 2:46 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  16. “Momma’s Gotta Die Tonight” — 6:10 (Ice-T/Ernie C)
  17. “Out in the Parking Lot”[44] — 0:30 (Ice-T)
  18. Cop Killer[44] — 4:09 (Ice-T/Ernie C)


Ice-T O.G. Original Gangster

September 8, 2011

Original Gangsta” redirects here. Not to be confused with the 1996 film Original Gangstas.

O.G. Original Gangster is the fourth album by Ice-T. Released in 1991, the album has been praised by many as the artist’s best.[1][2] The album introduces the band Body Count, whose thrash metal sound is in sharp contrast to the rest of the album’s material.

1 “Home of the Bodybag” 2:12 DJ Aladdin
2 “First Impression” 0:45 Ice-T    
3 “Ziplock” 1:20 Afrika Islam
4 “Mic Contract” 4:24 SLJ
DJ Aladdin
Donald D
5 “Mind over Matter” 4:12 DJ Aladdin
6 New Jack Hustler 4:43 DJ Aladdin Ice-T
DJ Aladdin
7 “Ed” 1:10 Beatmaster V
Nat the Cat
8 “Bitches 2” 5:24 DJ Aladdin
Charlie Jam
9 “Straight up Nigga” 3:43 SLJ
DJ Aladdin
DJ Aladdin
10 O.G. Original Gangster 4:13 DJ Aladdin
11 “The House” 0:57 DJ Aladdin
12 “Evil E-What About Sex?” 0:46 Ice-T    
13 “Fly By” 3:29 Afrika Islam
Nat the Cat
Donald D
  • “Hot Pants… I’m Coming, I’m Coming, I’m Coming” by Bobby Byrd[12]
14 “Midnight” 5:49 DJ Aladdin
Randy Mac
15 “Fried Chicken” 1:00 DJ Aladdin
Prince Whipper Whip
16 “M.V.P.S.” 4:20 Afrika Islam
17 “Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous” 3:51 Afrika Islam
Sean E Mac
18 “Body Count” 6:07 Ice-T Ice-T
Ernie C
Beatmaster V
Moose Man
D Rock
19 “Prepared to Die” 0:39 Ice-T Ice-T  
20 “Escape from the Killing Fields” 2:36 Afrika Islam
  • “Get up Offa That Thing” by James Brown[12]
  • “What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You” by Marva Whitney[12]
21 “Street Killer” 0:41 DJ Aladdin
Special K
22 “Pulse of the Rhyme” 4:17 DJ Aladdin
  • “Off the Cuff” by Freddie Robinson[12]
23 “The Tower” 3:58 Bilal Bashir
Sean E Sean
Al Patrome
24 “Ya Shoulda Killed Me Last Year”



Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back is the debut studio album by rapper Daz Dillinger, released March 31, 1998 on Death Row Records.

He was one of the last artists on Death Row after its collapse in 1996, after the death of 2Pac. Daz was the head of Death Row while Suge Knight was imprisoned for a fight he, 2pac, and fellow Death Row members got into with Orlando Anderson in Las Vegas on Sept 7th. The album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 on April 18 with a solid 84,000[4] of first week retails. Daz soon left after the failure of this album to form his own record company, D.P.G. Recordz. He later returned to Death Row with Big C-Style to form Dogg Pound Records with such artists as Soopafly, Mac Shawn, Crooked I, South Sentrell, and others.

The album was also the last Death Row album to feature any kind of G-Funk production, the style that Dr. Dre developed which initially made Death Row famous. Since Daz was one of the last of a dying breed, he largely moved on to different techniques after this album, this could be considered the last hallmark of the musical trend.

The album’s cover artwork references the cover of Marvin Gaye’s album, In Our Lifetime.

  1. “Gang Bangin’ Ass Criminal” (featuring Kurupt, Soopafly, Tray Deee, Bad Azz, Techniec)
  2. “It’s Going Down” (featuring Kurupt, Prince Ital Joe)
  3. “Playa Partners” (featuring B-Legit, Bo-Roc)
  4. “It Might Sound Crazy” (featuring Too Short)
  5. “Our Daily Bread” (featuring Kurupt, Prince Ital Joe)
  6. “In California” (featuring Val Young)
  7. “Initiated” (featuring 2Pac, Kurupt, Outlawz)
  8. “Oh No” (featuring Tray Dee, J-Money)
  9. “Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back
  10. “O.G.” (featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg)
  11. “Baby Mama Drama” (featuring Big C-Style, Lil’ C-Style)
  12. ‘Only For U” (featuring Big Pimpin’ Delemond, Val Young)
  13. “Ridin’ High” (featuring WC, CJ Mac)
  14. “The Ultimate Come Up” (featuring MC Eiht, Bad Azz)
  15. “Thank God For My Life” (featuring Bad Azz, Tray Dee, Soopafly, Big Pimpin’ Delemond)
  16. “Why Do We Bang” (Outro)
  17. “Pimp City” (featuring Soopafly) (LP and cassette only bonus track, available on Soopafly: Dat Whoopty Woop)


Hard Core is the debut studio album by American rapper Lil’ Kim. It was released on the Atlantic subsidiary Big Beat Records on November 12, 1996 in the United States. The album was notable for its overt sexual tone and Kim’s lyrical delivery, which was praised by music critics soon after its release.[1]

The album debut at number eleven on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number one on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums, and reached the top ten of the Canadian Albums Chart. In the United States, Hard Core was certified double platinum by the RIAA and sold more than 3 million copies sold worldwide. Hard Core is one of the few female hip hop albums to be considered a classic.