13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There's no question about it — Ice T is a true legend who lives up to the title of his own anthem "Original Gangster." Dude started putting out records in the eighties, has a thorough catalog of classic hits, was one of the earliest and most successful rapper-turned-actors, fronted his own metal band, beefed with the government and police, married a swimsuit model, and stays getting paid. Released in 1988, Power is his second solo album and features unforgettable jams like the music game as drug game Mayfield redux "I'm Your Pusher," the fast life theme song "High Rollers," and Slick Rick-esque booty call epic "Girls L.G.B.N.A.F." Ice's devastating mix of effortless cool and razor sharp lyrics is in fine form, and Afrika Islam's production totally bumps; a potent combination of bombastic drum machines and choice breakbeats, with heavy bass and keyboard action, plus swift cuts from from Evil E. A great album through and through, other standouts include the posse cut "The Syndicate" and anti-censorship attack of "Radio Suckers."

EDITORS’ NOTES

There's no question about it — Ice T is a true legend who lives up to the title of his own anthem "Original Gangster." Dude started putting out records in the eighties, has a thorough catalog of classic hits, was one of the earliest and most successful rapper-turned-actors, fronted his own metal band, beefed with the government and police, married a swimsuit model, and stays getting paid. Released in 1988, Power is his second solo album and features unforgettable jams like the music game as drug game Mayfield redux "I'm Your Pusher," the fast life theme song "High Rollers," and Slick Rick-esque booty call epic "Girls L.G.B.N.A.F." Ice's devastating mix of effortless cool and razor sharp lyrics is in fine form, and Afrika Islam's production totally bumps; a potent combination of bombastic drum machines and choice breakbeats, with heavy bass and keyboard action, plus swift cuts from from Evil E. A great album through and through, other standouts include the posse cut "The Syndicate" and anti-censorship attack of "Radio Suckers."

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