Mad Rome; Alonzo Williams; Grand Daddy I.U.; Mayor; Ariel; Marc Live
Number of Discs
Feddi De Marco
Smoothe Da Hustler
Trigga The Gambler
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ted Birkey (keyboards).
Recording information: 14the Street Music Works; Silent Sound.
Photographer: Steve Vacariello.
Unknown Contributor Role: Mickey Benzo.
Calling an album GANGSTA RAP might seem like an absurd platitude coming from any rapper other than Ice-T, the undisputed originator of the genre. Ice takes time off from his acting gig on LAW & ORDER: SVU to douse listeners with a potent shot of classic ghetto storytelling and explicit recaps of O.G. sexcapades. With a host of guests (including wife Coco) and a solid boom-bap production style dusted with the requisite g-funk flourishes, Ice-T takes the nearly-self-parodying thug posturing so prevalent in 21st century hip-hop, and reminds listeners who invented the pose and why it was so deadly in the first place.