Spice 1 – Spice 1 (LP Repress) [Get On Down GET51284]
***PRE-ORDER – Expected arrival date 15/12/23***
Repressed once more, Spice 1 emerges as an undisputed West Coast legend, making his mark on the scene following the explosive eras of N.W.A. and Too $hort in the late ’80s. His enduring legacy is a testament to his finesse and authority in the rap game. With a menacing and powerful nasal flow, Spice 1 has consistently mesmerized fans with his gritty tales of the streets since his self-titled debut in 1992.
If you’re seeking thematic depth in your MCs, Spice 1 may not be your go-to artist; he’s all about crime narratives and the harsh realities of ghetto life. Yet, he masterfully hits that storytelling sweet spot with each new track.
“Spice 1” boasted four hit singles, earning Gold status on the strength of infectious tracks like the catchy “East Bay Gangster,” the raw and honest “Welcome To The Ghetto,” and the groove-laden “In My Neighborhood.” Notably, Spice 1 also took the reins as producer for the alcohol-themed “187 Proof,” a standout among the album’s singles and a showcase of his clever vocal prowess.
Sonically, Spice 1’s album offers a diverse soundscape, ranging from plunky keyboard-bassline funk to deeper, fuzzy ’70s samples, all complemented by his strong lyrical delivery. “Break Yourself” drives with an electro-funk energy, “1-800 Spice” introduces a reggae-inspired flavor, and “Peace To My Nine” gets even chunkier, featuring a well-placed sample from P-Funk’s “One Nation Under A Groove.”
Originally available on promo-only vinyl, the official retail vinyl was first made available from Get On Down in 2018 and is now repressed for 2023. Spice 1’s debut stands the test of time and proudly carries the California gangsta flag. Some colors simply refuse to fade, and Spice 1’s legacy is one that continues to shine brightly in the West Coast rap landscape.