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Sunday, March 9, 2008


Spice 1 is Spice 1's first studio album, and his second overall. It was released on April 14, 1992 in the United States and was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 30, 1993. In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums.
Track listing
"In My Neighborhood"
"187 Proof"
"East Bay Gangster (Reggae)"
"Money Gone"
"Peace to My Nine"
"Young Nigga"
"Welcome to the Ghetto"
"Fucked in the Game"
"Money or Murder"
"City Streets"
"Break Yourself"
"187 Pure"
Spice 1 (born Robert L. Green, Jr. in Corsicana, Texas), is a West Coast rapper raised in Hayward, California, best known for his acclaimed self-titled album Spice 1. He has consistently been releasing solo and group albums since. Spice 1 was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine's Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988 - 2003.
Jive Records (1991-1999)

He was first discovered by rapper Too Short. His first album, Let It Be Known, was not well-known or widely released, and included seven old-school style tracks. His second album, widely considered as his debut, was a very vivid and fatalistic Gangsta rap album, and his angry, edgy, 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.
Spice 1 managed to release six albums under Jive records along with one greatest hits album under Jive as well. It was reported by Jive that he has an album called "Full Metal Jacket", which was suppose to release under Jive. However, Spice 1 stated in many interviews that this information was false. It was something Jive wanted to push him into releasing, but he never agreed to do so. Therefore, the album was never released and it is uncertain whether or not songs for this album were used for future albums or if any songs were even recorded for this project.
While Spice 1 was signed to Jive, three of his albums reached Gold status. According to the RIAA, these albums were Spice 1, 187 He Wrote and AmeriKKKa's Nightmare. He continued to have success on later albums as well, though he never managed receive further certificates for selling over 500,000. Despite this he never changed his image, continuing to retain a gangster image throughout his career on Jive Records. The biggest song in his career was "Trigga_Gots_No_Heart" from the Menace II Society (AVILINK_BTJUNKIE) Soundtrack. However, at the same time he released "Trigga Gots No Heart", which also served as a first single for his album, fellow rap artist MC Eiht also had a hit single from the Soundtrack which took the number one spot called "Straight Up Menace". Leaving Spice 1 with the second best single off the soundtrack. After 8 years, Spice 1 released his last album with the label, The Immortalized. Though it received good reviews, it was not well promoted and didn't sell as expected. According to Spice 1, he left Jive Records because they wanted him to clean up his image.
Life after Jive (2000 - 2007)
Spice's creative output has ballooned since his release from Jive. He has released more than 10 group and solo albums since.He now resides in Lynnwood and rooms with Domino while recording for Kop & Flip Records.
Spice 1 was shot on the morning of December 3, 2007 while sitting in his parents' driveway. The shooting is believed to be motivated by robbery, rather than any sort of rivalry. Spice 1 is currently recovering at Eden Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. Spice 1 talked about the shooting 6 days after it occurred from his hospital bed.


Styles said...

Nice drop Doc. Already got this and still bump it everyonce in a while. Use to bump it back in the day faithfully. You could't turn the corner and not here somebody bangin' Welcome to the Ghetto. Oh the memores.

jonathan.sandler said...

Fantastic! I was actually just thinking about his stuff the other day. Many thanks, Doc.

nic said...

Damn i didn't know he got shot - thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Great post! Spice 1 was that dude back in the day! Haven't really felt too much of his stuff since leaving Jive, but damn the EP and first two joints was hard as hell. Dude's attention to detail and storytelling ability is far superior to most. Hope he get's well soon. Thanks Doc.