Jewelz
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Studio album by O.C.

Released

August 19, 1997

Recorded

May 1996 - March 1997

Studio

D&D Studios
(New York City, New York)
Unique Studios
(New York City, New York)
Chung King Studios
(Manhattan, New York)

Genre

Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Underground hip hop

Length

61:11

Label

PayDay / FFRR / PolyGram Records

Producer

Buckwild, Da Beatminerz, DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, Patrick Moxey (exec.), Mr. Dave (exec.), Ogee, Show

O.C. chronology

Previous

Word...Life (1994)

Next

Bon Appetit (2001)

Jewelz is the second studio album by American rapper from Brooklyn O.C., released in August 19, 1997 on Payday Records and FFRR Records. Unlike his 1994 debut Word...LifeJewelz features a wider number of guest producers and rappers. DJ Premier produces four songs, while Buckwild and Da Beatminerz contribute three beats, Ogee produces two, and D.I.T.C. members Showbiz and Lord Finesse produce one song each. O.C. plays with a wide array of subject matter on the album, from the war-metaphor battle song "War Games" with Organized Konfusion, to abstract stories on "The Crow".

The album, like his first, received strong reviews, but lacked in sales. He made his debut on the Billboard 200 chart when the album peaked at #90, and also made his first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the single "Far from Yours", which peaked at #81.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - Credle - 0:32
2. "My World" O.C. Credle, Martin DJ Premier 4:16
3. "War Games" O.C., Organized Konfusion Credle, Martin DJ Premier 3:30
4. "Can't Go Wrong" O.C. Credle, Scott Ogee 3:46
5. "The Chosen One" O.C. Best, Credle Buckwild 4:35
6. "Dangerous" O.C., Big L Coleman, Credle, Dewgarde, Lapread Da Beatminerz 4:15
7. "Win the G" O.C., Bumpy Knuckles Campbell, Credle, Martin DJ Premier 5:45
8. "Far from Yours" O.C., Yvette Michele Barrier, Best, Bryant, Credle, Griffin, Johnson, Johnson,  Buckwild 4:58
9. "Stronjay" O.C. Credle, Dewgarde Da Beatminerz 5:06
10. "M.U.G." O.C., Freddie Foxxx Campbell, Credle, Martin DJ Premier 3:21
11. "The Crow" O.C. Credle, LeMay Show 4:27
12. "You and Yours" O.C. Credle, Scott Ogee 4:22
13. "Hypocrite" O.C. Best, Clay, Credle, Garfield Buckwild 2:31
14. "It's Only Right" O.C. Credle, Dewgarde, Ward Da Beatminerz 3:53
15. "Jewelz" O.C. Credle, Hall Lord Finesse 5:58

Samples[edit | edit source]

Intro (Jewelz)

  • "Anna" by Lucio Battisti

My World

  • "Theme D'Amour" by Ennio Morricone
  • "Killer's Lullaby" by Barry White

War Games

  • "It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney
  • "King of the Beats" by Mantronix

Can't Go Wrong

  • "Louisiana Blues" by Climax Blues Band
  • "American Tango" by Weather Report
  • "Funny How Times Flies" by Intro

The Chosen Ones

  • "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts
  • "White Clouds" by Hiroshi Fukumura and Sadao Watanabe

Dangerous

  • "Daisy Lady" by 7th Wonder

Win the G

  • "Outside Love" by Brethren

Far from Yours

  • "I Don't Want to Do Wrong" by Esther Phillips
  • "Slow Dance" by Stanley Clarke
  • "Tomorrow" by The Brothers Johnson
  • "To the Listeners" by Eric B. & Rakim

M.U.G.

  • "The Saddest Thing of All" by Michel Legrand

The Crow

  • "Zen-Gun" by Ryuichi Sakamoto

You and Yours

  • "A Garden of Peace" by Lonnie Liston Smith

Hypocrite

  • "Sensitize" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity

It's Only Right

  • "Do You Like" by B.T. Express

Jewelz

  • "I'll Take Time" by John Kasandra
  • "Changing Faces" by J.J. Band
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