TITLE: It Takes a Thief
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: #8 US, #67 UK
SINGLES: County Line (#109 US), I Remember (#107 US, #73 UK), Fantastic Voyage (#3 US, #41 UK), Mama I’m in Love Wit’ a Gangsta (#119 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really
LINEUP: Coolio. Guests LeSuan, J-Ro, Billy Boy, WC. Six producers, too.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First full length by Coolio has some fun songs, but not everything hits and some are a little rough.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coolio’s first album was a slow starter until “Fantastic Voyage” was unleashed on the public as a single. That catchy, and fun, tune helped Coolio become a sensation.
The rest of his debut album has some fun tracks, even with his predilection for gangsta rap’s most unpleasant tendencies. Coolio tries to offset those tropes with humor and self-deprecation at times.
The production and samples are creative, and even got some of the base tracks back into the public consciousness. Combining gangsta rap with some humor made a nice change, but not everything is successful.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The original “Fantastic Voyage” was by Lakeside
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Decent, some great tracks, and some that I don’t know if they really work.