The Villain in Black
|The Villain in Black|
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 9, 1996|
|Genre||Gangsta rap, G-funk, Political hip hop|
|MC Ren chronology|
After the release and success of his critically acclaimed debut studio album Shock of the Hour in late 1993, MC Ren immediately began working on his sophomore album. The deaths of DJ Train and Eazy-E would however prove to be a huge setback and Ren stepped off the scene for a while. Meanwhile, he continued his work with the Nation of Islam, and visited Egypt in mid-1995. Following his return from Egypt, MC Ren continued to work on his album, this time however scrapping all the material he recorded with DJ Train. Enlisting Cold 187um and Dr. Jam to produce his album, Ren began recording new material.
While making The Villain in Black, MC Ren was closely affiliated with the Nation of Islam, which had a large impact on the some parts of the album's content. Khalid Muhammad appeared in the track "Muhammad Speaks," where he spoke about the history of the rights of African-Americans. He also made an appearance on the closing track "Bring It On".
The album titles is a reference to MC Ren's nickname, The Villain.
Two singles were released from the album: "Mad Scientist" and "Keep It Real".
Release and receptionEdit
|Los Angeles Times|||
The album debuted number 31 on Billboard 200, with the first-week sales of 31,000 copies.
|1.||"Bitch Made Nigga Killa"||Cold 187um||4:02|
|2.||"Keep It Real"||Dr. Jam||4:52|
|3.||"It's Like That" (featuring Bigg Rocc)||Cold 187um||4:34|
|4.||"Mad Scientist"||Dr. Jam, Madness 4 Real (co.)||4:22|
|5.||"Live from Compton 'Saturday Night'" (featuring Cold 187um)||Cold 187um||5:56|
|6.||"Still the Same Nigga"||Jessie "Big Jessie" Willard||5:27|
|7.||"I Don't Give a Damn"||Dr. Jam, Madness 4 Real (co.)||3:56|
|8.||"Mind Blown" (featuring Bigg Rocc)||Cold 187um||4:42|
|9.||"Great Elephant"||Jessie "Big Jessie" Willard||3:45|
|10.||"Muhammed Speaks" (featuring Khalid Muhammad)||Cold 187um||1:31|
|11.||"Bring It On" (featuring Above the Law, Triggerman and Khalid Muhammad)||Cold 187um||4:42|