Greatest Hits: The Evidence

Greatest Hits: The Evidence

by Ice-T


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A year before N.W.A. assaulted the airwaves with their seminal record Straight Outta Compton, Ice-T dropped his debut disc, Rhyme Pays, and heralded the arrival of gangsta rap. Since then, with the multi-platinum success of artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Tupac Shakur, G-rap has become the hip-hop norm. So it's only fitting that the original gangster, Ice-T, returns with a greatest-hits album that caters to fans of hip-hop's golden era in the late 80s and early 90s (and wisely excludes tracks from his controversial foray into thrash-metal rap with the group Body Count). With his laid-back drawl, pimp gear, and his pressed and curled mane, Ice-T paints a vivid portrait of life in the dope game on tracks such as "High Rollers" and "New Jack Hustler." Underlying the playa glitz and glam, however, are rhymes that hope for a better way. On the Curtis Mayfield-inspired "I'm Your Pusher," music is T's drug of choice, and on "Colors," the title song from the provocative 1988 film, he pleads for the end of gang violence. With all the raw hits assembled here, Ice-T -- who has achieved even greater success as an actor in films such as New Jack City and Trespass -- reminds hard-rap enthusiasts what's been missing from the recent incarnations of gangsta rap: a strong conscience. Ryan Crosby

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Release Date: 08/08/2000
Label: Atomic Pop
UPC: 0750564001127
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 36448

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