Making Trouble

Making Trouble is the debut album by the American hip-hop group the Ghetto Boys. The group originally consisted of Bushwick Bill, DJ Ready Red, Sire Jukebox and Prince Johnny C. Following the release of Making Trouble, Rap-A-Lot Records dropped Sire Jukebox and Johnny C from the group, and added Scarface and Willie D.

Making Trouble
1991 reissue cover
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 1988
  • Ghetto Boys
  • Cliff Blodget
  • Karl Stephenson
Ghetto Boys chronology
Making Trouble
Grip It! On That Other Level
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
RapReviews(2.5/10) [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide [3]

Making Trouble received little attention, negative reviews, and is often forgotten in the midst of the group's later successful, acclaimed and controversial albums.[1]

Style and influenceEdit

The group used a style of rap similar to Run-DMC at this time as opposed to the more hardcore rap style that Scarface and Willie-D provided in later albums. Insane Clown Posse's Violent J, who was influenced by the Geto Boys, regards the song "Assassins" as the first horrorcore song ever recorded.[4][5] It was covered by Insane Clown Posse on their 1999 album The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.

Track listingEdit

# Title Time(s)
1 "Making Trouble" 5:19
2 "Snitches" 2:43
3 "Balls and My Word" 3:50
4 "Assassins" 5:45
5 "Why Do We Live This Way" 6:53
6 "I Run This" 4:20
7 "No Curfew" 3:36
8 "One Time Freestyle" 3:26
9 "Geto Boys Will Rock You" 3:45
10 "You Ain't Nothin'" 2:46
11 "The Problem" 2:58


Ghetto Boys

  • Prince Johnny C. – vocals, production
  • The Sire Jukebox – vocals, production
  • DJ Ready Red – vocals, turntables, production

Additional personnel

  • Karl Stephenson – production, sampling
  • Cliff Blodget – production


  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 329. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone geto boys album guide.
  4. ^ Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin (2003). "The Dark Carnival". In Nathan Fostey (ed.). ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 174–185. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8.
  5. ^ Weingarten, Christopher (October 28, 2011). "Insane Clown Posse's Violent J Picks 11 Horrorcore Classics". Spin. Retrieved 4 November 2011.