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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Larcenist, Soloist, Lyracist, Vocalist, Crime by Rhyme
You wonder how Ice-T became famous? You wanna know why enough people listened to "Cop-Killer" to make a fuss in the first place? Well Rhyme Pays and Power were the reasons. On this album, Rhyme Pays, anyone who appreciates skill and style will find plenty. "Pain" is what describes Ice-T's philosophy. "Rhyme Pays" shows his skill. Put...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dubious Achievement
So Ice-T practically invented what we now call "gangsta rap."
As if inventing gangsta rap were something to be proud of.
Published on July 25 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Larcenist, Soloist, Lyracist, Vocalist, Crime by Rhyme, Jan. 31 2003
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Vince (Long Island, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
You wonder how Ice-T became famous? You wanna know why enough people listened to "Cop-Killer" to make a fuss in the first place? Well Rhyme Pays and Power were the reasons. On this album, Rhyme Pays, anyone who appreciates skill and style will find plenty. "Pain" is what describes Ice-T's philosophy. "Rhyme Pays" shows his skill. Put simply, you can't claim to be old-school and not have this album. It is just too darn good to never have heard. I burned out two tapes of it back before cds...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut LP from O.G., Oct. 26 2001
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This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
Although this is not quite up to the level of subsequent Ice-T albums, this is still a classic 5-star album. My favorite cuts were the hardcore ones that previewed Ice-t's later career (6 in the mornin', Pain, Squeeze the Trigger), although the other cuts were also clever and entertaining, especially the title track and 409. No filler, except for the remixes at the end, but I only count the first 9 tracks as the real album. Pick this up, it is a must-have for anyone who enjoys real, intelligent rap and not the stuff that you see on MTV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic---period, June 5 1999
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This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
This is one of Ice T's best albums, second only to maybe "Original Gangster." "6 in the Morning" and "Squeeze the Trigger" are the two best joints on the album.
This is a great CD to listen to if you want to know about the roots of rap, especially in L.A. Ice T put the west coast on the map and practically invented what we now call "gangsta rap." There is more depth in one line from one of his songs than in most of the stuff available today. "6 in the Morning" says more than every No Limit album ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6' in the moring is where it all started, March 15 1999
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Need I say more???.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars This CD makes Slappy Happy., Jan. 30 2002
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I have this CD and I think its quite good. It is really where gangsta rap started and it is very obvious if you listen to "6 'N The Morning" and than listen to Eazy-E's "Boyz In Tha Hood" I'm not fond of every track but I do think this is a good CD even if it does lack some of the insight and wisdom of Ice's later years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding debut, July 27 2001
This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
If you like Ice T, you gotta get this one. One of the few artists that started out great and only got better as time passed. This was released 14 years ago and it does not sound dated in any way. Just sounds like Ice T rippin it as he always has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like him or not, Ice-T is an extraordinary artist, July 17 2001
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R. Riis "rriis" (NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
I'd really only rate this four stars, but I'm compensating for some of the ignorant people who gave this one star for their own non-musical reasons. Ice-T, while not to everyone's taste, is an intelligent, literate, and powerful writer/performer, and his messages have more to do with empowerment, responsibility, and self-respect than most other artists in any genre. At any rate, this CD, while good, is not his best work (go with "Power" or "O.G. - Original Gangster", or start with his "Greatest Hits - The Evidence"). Nevertheless, a fine CD, with strong beats, little production clutter, and well-articulated messages delivered in Ice-T's strong style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's funny, don't you think?, Aug. 31 2000
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This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
It's funny how some of the reviews of this album weren't even made by people who have listened to the CD. Base the rating you give the CD on musical merit, not on your personal right-wing political beliefs and your objections to a song which wasn't on this album in the first place... ie: Cop-Killa
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM DISERVES "10 STARS", AND ICE-T'S BEST ALBUM, March 3 1999
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IF, YOU DONT KNOW HIP-HOP, WHY BOTHER EVEN TO COMENT ON THIS. THE TRUE HIP-HOPER KNOW'S THAT THIS IS AND WILL BE THE DARNEST BEST ALBUM THAT "ICE-T" HAS EVER MADE!!! BECAUSE ICE-T WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MC'S WHO COULD RAP STRAIGHT OUTTA HIS HEAD. THE CLASSIC BASS IN "6 IN THE MORNING"- THE REAL STRORY OF HOW HE STRUGLED IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES! THIS ALBUM IS JAM PACKED WITH O.G.BEATS YOU'LL BE PROUD TO BLAST THIS JAMS INFRONT OF A POLICE CAR!!! HEHEHE.... AND TO THE PERSON WHO GAVE '2 STARS' TO THIS ALBUM,---GO FIND YOURSELF ANOTHER KIND OF MUSIC COUSE YOU DONT KNOW SQUAD!!!!!!!! PEACE TO ALL PLAYA'S FROM THE HIMALAYA'S!!!!!!!!! AND LET THE OLD HIP-HIP LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dubious Achievement, July 25 1999
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This review is from: Rhyme Pays (Audio CD)
So Ice-T practically invented what we now call "gangsta rap."
As if inventing gangsta rap were something to be proud of.
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