Ice-T – O.G. Original Gangster (1991)
What a refreshing surprise.
Of course, the typical gangsta rap themes are all covered here (as one might expect from an album named Original Gangster).
However, amid the “dope and dead presidents” imagery, there are some refreshingly enlightened lyrics.
Including, but not limited to:
1. Ed. Unlike Axl Rose, who claimed to “drink & drive everything’s in sight,” for Ed, his story of reckless drunk driving ended abruptly with his death.
2. Straight Up N****. “He wanna be gay, well that’s your business…have it your way.” Remember, this was 1991.
3. The House. “Someone save these kids.” Ice-T urging neighbors to look out for signs of child abuse and to do something about it.
4. Escape from the Killing Fields. The violent lifestyle is horrifying as opposed to something worth glorifying.
5. M.V.P.S. Giving respect to many of his peers, male & female.
6. Body Count. “I feel sorry for anyone who listens to one form of music.” As do I.
Now, for those who fear Ice-T had become insufficiently gangster, there’s still plenty of predictable misogyny, violence & expletives but fortunately, there’s also loads of originality along the way.
Want to make some money time-traveling?
Step 1 – Go back in time to 1992.
Step 2 – Bet any takers that Ice-T (the man who sings Cop Killer) will go on to play the role of a Cop that helps track down Killers (for 15 years and counting on Law & Order SVU).
Step 3 – Wait patiently until/Travel to the year 2000, collect winnings.
You can’t lose!
O.G. was certainly a winner in my books. In my case, it was a low-risk $3 gamble that yielded a highly rewarding return on investment.