Spice 1 (album)

Spice 1 is the self-titled debut album by American rapper Spice 1, released April 14, 1992 on Jive Records. It was certified gold by the RIAA.[4] The album was produced by Ant Banks, Blackjack, E-A-Ski & CMT and Spice 1. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 82 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers.[5] One single, "Welcome to the Ghetto", peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 5 on the Billboard Rap Songs.[6]

Spice 1
Spice1album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 14, 1992
Recorded1991–1992
Genre
Length56:38
LabelJive
Producer
Spice 1 chronology
Let It Be Known
(1991)
Spice 1
(1992)
187 He Wrote
(1993)
Singles from Spice 1
  1. "In My Neighborhood"
    Released: March 30, 1992
  2. "Welcome to the Ghetto"
    Released: June 12, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[2]
The Source4/5 stars[3]

Along with singles, music videos were produced for four songs: "In My Neighborhood",[7] "Welcome to the Ghetto",[8] "187 Proof"[9] and "East Bay Gangsta".[10] Richie Rich makes a cameo appearance in "Welcome to the Ghetto". "East Bay Gangsta" and "Welcome to the Ghetto" were B-sides on the other singles. The album was included in the Source Magazine's 100 greatest hip hop albums.

Critical receptionEdit

Allmusic - "...His style, an appropriate mix of irony, disdain, acceptance and confusion, never succumbs to the situation or seeks to justify or downplay the sense of impending doom."[1]

Entertainment Weekly (7/24/92, p. 60) - "...Spice 1's lyrics are clever enough to make you forget you've heard it all before...his tales unfold with the drama of short stories..."[2]

iTunes Store - "...with a large serving of gunplay and ghetto storytelling. Spice's unique vocal style showcased an uncanny ability to twist and contort his flow...the bass-heavy beats still knock with authority, ideal for bumping in the scraper..."[11]

Track listingEdit

Spice 1[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."In My Neighborhood"
3:42
2."187 Proof"GreenSpice 13:50
3."East Bay Gangster (Reggae)"Green4:31
4."Money Gone"Green
  • Blackjack
  • Spice 1
3:46
5."1-800-Spice"
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
4:03
6."Peace to My Nine"
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
4:58
7."Young Nigga"Green
  • E-A-Ski & CMT
  • Spice 1
5:00
8."Welcome To the Ghetto"Spice 14:09
9."Fucked In the Game"Green
  • Blackjack
  • Spice 1
4:03
10."Money or Murder"Green
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
4:26
11."City Streets"Green
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
4:49
12."1-900-Spice"Green
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
1:33
13."Break Yourself" (featuring MC Ant)Green
  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1
4:10
14."187 Pure"Green
  • E-A-Ski & CMT
  • Spice 1
3:38
Total length:56:38

SamplesEdit

Welcome to the Ghetto

187 Pure

City Streets

F***ed in the Game

In My Neighborhood

Money Gone

Money or Murder

Peace to My Nine

Young N****

Note: The sample credits contain a disclaimer from George Clinton disparaging the lyrical content of the song, yet stating the sample was allowed due to the message of music as a free agent of change inherent in "Mothership Connection." This type of note was uncommon for most artists who were sampling.

ChartsEdit

RIAA Certification
Certifacation Country Sales
Gold USA 658,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wynn, Ron. Review: Spice 1. Allmusic. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Columnist. Review: Spice 1. Entertainment Weekly: 60. July 24, 1992.
  3. ^ Columnist. Review: Spice 1.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  5. ^ ((( Spice 1 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  6. ^ ((( Spice 1 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  7. ^ Spice 1 - "In My Neighborhood" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on February 4, 2010.
  8. ^ Spice 1 - "Welcome to the Ghetto" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on February 4, 2010.
  9. ^ Spice 1 - "187 Proof" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on February 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Spice 1 - "East Bay Gangsta" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on February 4, 2010.
  11. ^ Review: Spice 1. iTunes Store. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  12. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Spice-1-Spice-1/release/237513
  13. ^ "Spice 1, TLN". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  14. ^ "Spice 1, BLP". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  15. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1992". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2021.

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