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Though he never quite blew up nationally like some of his peers, Spice 1 is a legendary gangsta rapper who influenced an entire generation of street-centric MCs. Growing up in the Bay Area city of Hayward, he started rhyming in his teens, eventually hooking up with Too Short who helped him land a deal with Jive Records. His self-titled debut album (not counting the super-rare Let It Be Known) hit the scene in 1992 and was gobbled up by a fast-growing audience of heads who liked their hip-hop with a large serving of gunplay and ghetto storytelling. Spice's unique vocal style showcased an uncanny ability to twist and contort his flow, alternating speed and delivery somewhat like E-40, occasionally adapting a weird stutter and also flirting with ragamuffin-type reggae patois. Produced by E A Ski and Ant Banks, the bass-heavy beats still knock with authority, ideal for bumping in the scraper while heading to your local sideshow. Highlights include the P-Funk stylings of "Young N***a" and "In My Neighborhood," the cowbell-laced dealer saga "Money Gone," the boozy single "187 Proof."

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Underappreciated!

Top 10 Rap albums of all time!!! No bull s**t

West Coast Heat (Yay Area Stand Up)

This album is a definite West Coast Banger. The lyrics are tight. The production is the Bomb. See about this CD.

This is tight

what happened to the bay now a days man this is what put the bay on the map but now its all hyphy crap this is reall bay shyt

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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