O.G. Original Gangster

O.G. Original Gangster

by Ice-TIce-T


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/1991
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0075992649223
catalogNumber: 26492
Rank: 52592

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

Customer Reviews

O.G. Original Gangster 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is full of great raps. It is Ice-T's best one. The raps really make you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.