It Takes a Thief
It Takes a Thief
Studio album by Coolio


19 July 1994




Hip hop, gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, g-funk




Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.


Billy Boy, Brian G, CS Coleman, Rashad Coles, Coolio, Crazy Toones, Dobbs the Wino, Doug Rasheed, Spoon, Paul Stewart (exec.), WC

Coolio chronology


Gangsta's Paradise (1995)

It Takes a Thief is the debut solo album by American rapper Coolio, released in 1994 on Tommy Boy Records. After being a member of the group WC and the Maad Circle, Coolio embarked on a solo career. Coolio's last collaboration with the group is on "U Know Hoo!", produced by members Crazy Toones and WC.

The album received praise for bringing a humourous and lighthearted perspective to the violent and profane themes of typical West Coast gangsta rap. The single "Fantastic Voyage" served as Coolio's breakthrough song, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200. The songs "Smokin' Stix", "Can-O-Corn" and "Sticky Fingers" appeared in the film Poetic Justice, although none appeared on the soundtrack.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Fantastic Voyage (Timber Mix)" Coolio Alexander, Berwers, Craig, Dobbs, Ivey, McCain, Shelby, Shockley, Stokes,  Woods Dobbs the Wino 5:32
2. "County Line" Coolio Alexander, Allen, Beard, Bynum, Chase, Dobbs, Dobson, Fletcher, Glover, Guy, Henderson, Ivey, Jones, Robinson, Smith, Stewart, Thompson Dobbs the Wino 2:57
3. "Mama, I'm in Love wit a Gangsta" Coolio, LeShaun Ayers, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Ivey, Jasper Dobbs the Wino 4:09
4. "Hand on My Nutsac" Coolio Ivey Dobbs the Wino 3:28
5. "Ghetto Cartoon" Coolio Dewait, Ivey, Perren, Woods Rashad Coles 3:13
6. "Smokin' Stix" Coolio Conway, Feldman, Ivey Dobbs the Wino, Billy Boy, Brian G. (co.) 3:20
7. "Can-O-Corn" Coolio Ivey Dobbs the Wino 3:40
8. "U Know Hoo!" Coolio Calhoun, Ivey Crazy Toones, WC (co.) 3:51
9. "It Takes a Thief" Coolio Ivey CS Coleman, Spoon (co.) 5:06
10. "Bring Back Somethin fo da Hood" Coolio Ivey, MacDonald Dobbs the Wino 3:11
11. "N da Closet" Coolio Gaye, Ivey, Nyx, Wakefield, Wilson Dobbs the Wino 3:51
12. "On My Way to Harlem" Coolio Ivey Dobbs the Wino 3:13
13. "Sticky Fingers" Coolio Chase, Dobbs, Ivey, Fletcher, Glover, Robinson Dobbs the Wino 2:59
14. "Thought You Knew" Coolio Ivey Dobbs the Wino 3:19
15. "Ugly Bitches" Coolio Deene, Gold, Ivey Dobbs the Wino, Doug Rasheed (co.) 4:06
16. "I Remember" Coolio, Billy Boy, J-Ro Gamble, Green, Huff, Ivey, Mitchell Dobbs the Wino, Spoon (co.), Coolio (co.) 4:47
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