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Published on Jun 26, 2009
Spice 1: 'Strap on the Side" Song Producer: Blackjack Album: "AmeriKKKa's Nightmare" (RIAA Certified Gold) Date of Release: 11/22/1994 Record Label: Jive Sub-genre: Gangsta/Hardcore (West Coast) -Album Notes: Spice 1 (vocals, keyboards, programming); 2Pac, Method Man, E-40, G-Nut (vocals); Stan "The Guitar" Man, Horace "Bookie" Coleman, G-Man (guitar); Pee Wee (guitar, keyboards), Willie Z, Ant Banks (keyboards); Blackjack (keyboards, programming); DJ Slip, DJ Battlecat (programming). Engineers include: Bruce Leighton, D-Wiz, Ant Banks. **He was first discovered by rapper Too Short. His first release, Let It Be Known EP, was not well-known or widely released, and included seven old-school style tracks. His self-titled debut album Spice 1 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. It was reported by Jive that he has an album called "Full Metal Jacket", which was supposed 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 "Nigga Gots No Heart" from the Menace II Society 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.**
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