"6 in the Mornin'" is a song by American rapper Ice-T. Released in 1986 as the B-side of "Dog 'n the Wax (Ya Don't Quit-Part II)", the song is considered to be one of the defining tracks of the gangsta rap genre. It also appeared on Ice T's debut album Rhyme Pays in 1987.[1][2] The song was produced by Compton's Most Wanted associate the Unknown DJ.

"6 in the Mornin'"
Single by Ice-T
from the album Rhyme Pays
A-side"Dog 'n the Wax (Ya Don't Quit-Part II)"[1]
GenreGangsta rap
Length3:45 (original B-side)
7:11 (extended album version)
LabelTechno Hop Records
Sire/Warner Bros. (re-release)
Songwriter(s)Andre Pierre, Ice-T
Producer(s)The Unknown DJ
Ice-T singles chronology
"Ya Don't Quit"
"6 in the Mornin'"

"Midnight", from Ice T's 1991 album O.G. Original Gangster, is a prequel of this song. "Midnight" ends with the lyric "looked at my watch, it was six in the morning", and "6 in the Mornin'" opens with the lyric "six in the morning, police at my door."

A version of the song was later recorded by the Tennessee horrorcore group Three 6 Mafia on its Chapter 2: World Domination album, and was aptly renamed "3-6 in the Mornin'" and features occasional samples from the original. The song was re-recorded by Ice T for the 2020 Body Count album Carnivore.

In the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution, Ice-T explains that he was inspired by the rapper Schoolly D and his 1985 song P.S.K.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Dog 'N The Wax (Ya Don't Quit-Part II) (12")". Discogs. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Rhyme Pays review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  3. ^ "The Birth of Gangsta Rap". Hip-Hop Evolution. Season 1. Episode 4. Banger Films. September 25, 2016. HBO Canada.