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Album Review

Numerous gangsta rappers came out of the Oakland rap scene of the late 1980s and 1990s, many of whom were faceless and interchangeable. One of the city's more noteworthy gangsta rappers was Spice 1, whose third album AmeriKKKa's Nightmare appealed to hip-hoppers who had been savoring Dr. Dre's The Chronic in 1994. Spice doesn't bring any new insights to gangsta rap — tunes like "Face of a Desperate Man," "Jealous Got Me Strapped" (featuring the late 2Pac Shakur), "You Done F****d Up," and "Murder Ain't Crazy" don't say anything that Ice Cube, N.W.A, the Geto Boys, or Ice-T hadn't said already. But the CD manages to hold attention thanks to Spice's appealing flow (his rhyming skills are solid, to be sure) and the very Dre-ish tracks produced by Blackjack, DJ Slip of Compton's Most Wanted fame, Ant Banks, and Spice himself. Dre's influence is impossible to miss on this album; like him, the producers favor a sleek, highly melodic approach that combines hip-hop beats with a strong appreciation of George Clinton's P-Funk innovations. Though AmeriKKKa's Nightmare falls short of the excellence of The Chronic, this is an enjoyable, if derivative, release that fans of the Dre/Snoop Doggy Dogg/Warren G school of 1990s gangsta rap will treasure.

Customer Reviews

Spice 1 is not from Oakland

Awesome album from Spice 1, coming out of HAYWARD, not Oakland. I hope this gets corrected in the description.

Amerikkka's Nightmare

This album is the solid gangsta rap. Bay area's finest

This album made me a fan

bumpin from start to finish.187 he wrote was his best cd but this wasent to far behind

Biography

Born: Byron, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Too Short discovered rapper Spice 1, who'd been born in Texas before moving to California. His self-titled debut was as vivid and fatalistic a gangsta album as possible, and his hard-edged, angry, and pessimistic rapping style and tone only added to the despair emanating from the disc. He followed it with an even more bitter and nihilistic release, 187 He Wrote in 1993, complete with simulated gunfire. Other releases included 1995's 1990 Sick and 1997's Black Bossalini (aka Dr. Bomb From Da Bay)....
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