Criminal Activity

Criminal Activity is the debut album by American rap supergroup Criminalz, which consisted of Spice 1, Celly Cel and Jayo Felony.[1] It was released on August 7, 2001 via Celly Cel's label, Realside Records. Cel also served as executive producer and audio production of the record was handled by Doyle, G-Man Stan and Spice 1. It peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 26 on the Billboard Independent Albums.[2] The album features guest performances by Yukmouth, Tray Dee, Sylk-E. Fyne and Bun B.

Criminal Activity
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 2001
Recorded2001
StudioFind A Way Studios (Hayward, CA)
Genre
Length45:50
LabelRealside Records
Producer
Celly Cel chronology
Deep Conversation
(2000)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
It'z Real Out Here
(2005)
Jayo Felony chronology
Underground
(1999)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
Crip Hop
(2001)
Spice 1 chronology
The Last Dance
(2000)
Criminal Activity
(2001)
Spiceberg Slim
(2002)

One song, "Boss Up", was previously released on the Spice 1 compilation, The Playa Rich Project.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]
RapReviews          [4]

Allmusic - "Everyone was expecting a lot from this group from the first time it was mentioned...For many reasons this just doesn't work...It seems like they all wrote their verses independently of one another, then rapped in whatever order they felt like it. There's no fluid feel...as a whole this definitely falls short of any of their solo work."[3]

RapReviews - "...Most rap groups who made great albums needed guidance to make those great albums. The Criminalz definitely lack a mastermind to weld the three of them together and make them realize their synergies...There are almost no ad-libs, there's no interacting, it might as well be that these three never were in the same studio together..."[4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Lockdown" (Intro) 1:01
2."Criminal Activity" (performed by Celly Cel)G-Man Stan1:43
3."Ridaz" (performed by Celly Cel, Spice 1 and Jayo Felony)G-Man Stan4:16
4."Puttin' In Work" (performed by Jayo Felony, Celly Cel and Spice 1)Doyle4:31
5."Niggaz Like Us" (performed by Celly Cel, Spice 1 and Bun B)Doyle4:34
6."My Life" (performed by Jayo Felony, Spice 1 and Celly Cel)Doyle4:23
7."Boss Up" (performed by Spice 1, Jayo Felony, Big Tray Deee and Yukmouth)Spice 14:26
8."Doin' It Big" (performed by Celly Cel, Spice 1 and Sylk-E. Fyne)Doyle4:22
9."The Real World" (performed by Celly Cel, Spice 1 and Jayo Felony)Doyle4:07
10."Reminisce" (performed by Spice 1, Celly Cel and Jayo Felony)Doyle4:49
11."What They Hittin' Fo?" (performed by Spice 1, Celly Cel and Jayo Felony)G-Man Stan4:23
12."Rollin' Wit My Folks" (performed by Spice 1 and Celly Cel)Doyle3:14
Total length:45:50

Chart historyEdit

Chart (2001)[2] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 26
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 57

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mills, Brad. ((( Criminalz > Overview ))). Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  2. ^ a b ((( Criminal Activity > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  3. ^ a b Mills, Brad. Review: Criminal Activity. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ a b Jost, Matthias. Review: Criminal Activity. RapReviews.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-08.

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