TITLE: Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Colors (#70 US, #77 R&B), I’m Your Pusher (#13 R&B, #21 Dance), High Rollers (#9 Rap, #76 R&B, #63 UK), Lethal Weapon (#12 Rap, #98 UK), You Played Yourself (#64 UK), New Jack Hustler (#67 US, #3 Rap, #49 R&B), OG Original Gangster (#7 Rap)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe, if you’re a hip-hop historian
LINEUP: Ice-T with DJs, producers, etc.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A decent collection if Ice-T’s Warner Brothers era.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: First appearing in the public’s consciousness with a cut on the Breakin’ soundtrack, Ice-T moved from electro-influenced raps to a more spare gangsta rap sound, then to a combo of hard rock and rap that manifested itself in the band Body Count, and then exile from Warner Brothers / Sire.
Ice-T’s records sold over time, but didn’t make a huge chart impact until he scored the theme to the movie Colors, then the publicity from the Body Count debacle put his name on the lips of everyone, it seems. As a rapper, his got some gifts – but isn’t as memorable as LL Cool J.
It’s a decent overview of the rapper’s early work, when he was a musician instead of an actor. Still, he’s more of a celebrity than an accomplished artist, even if he was on the leading edge of gangsta rap.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He’s released more compilation albums than original albums.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: More of a name than a great artists – though there’s some decent stuff here.