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It Takes a Thief is the debut studio album by American rapper Coolio. It was released on July 19, 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective to often violent and profane themes of typical Gangsta rap.

It Takes a Thief
It Takes a Thief (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1994
GenreGangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, G-funk
LabelTommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
ProducerPaul Stewart, Dobbs The Wino, Rashad Coles, Billy Boy, Crazy Toones, CS Coleman
Coolio chronology
It Takes a Thief
Gangsta's Paradise
Singles from It Takes a Thief
  1. "County Line"
    Released: October 5, 1993
  2. "I Remember"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Fantastic Voyage"
    Released: March 8, 1994
  4. "Mama I'm in Love Wit' a Gangsta"
    Released: 1994

"Fantastic Voyage", a hit from the early 1980s, returned to the charts after Coolio released a song of the same name from this album. The song received regular airplay on MTV and became his breakout hit, peaking at #3 in the US. Songs "Smokin Stix", "Can-o-Corn" and "Sticky Fingers" first appeared in the film Poetic Justice.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]


Track listingEdit

1."Fantastic Voyage (Timber mix)"5:32
2."County Line"2:57
3."Mama, I'm in Love wit a Gangsta" (featuring LeShaun)4:09
4."Hand on My Nutsac"3:28
5."Ghetto Cartoon"3:13
6."Smokin' Stix"3:20
8."U Know Hoo!" (featuring WC)3:51
9."It Takes a Thief"5:06
10."Bring Back Somethin' fo da Hood"3:11
11."N da Closet"3:51
12."On My Way to Harlem"3:13
13."Sticky Fingers"2:59
14."Thought You Knew"3:19
15."Ugly Bitches"4:06
16."I Remember" (featuring J-Ro and Billy Boy)4:47
sample credits[5]


Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 5


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  2. ^ "It Takes a Thief Review - Music Reviews and News -". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Coolio". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
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  6. ^ "Coolio: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Coolio: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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