Rhyme Pays
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Studio album by Ice-T


4 November 1987


1986-1987 at Salty Dog Studios (Los Angeles, California)


Hip hop, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop




Sire/Warner Bros.


Afrika Islam, Ice-T

Ice-T chronology


Power (1988)

Rhyme Pays is the debut album by American rapper Ice-T, released in 1987 on Sire Records. The album, especially the song "6 'N the Mornin'", is considered to have defined the gangsta rap genre, and was the first hip hop album to carry a Parental Advisory warning label, although the industry-standard explicit lyrics sticker was yet to be developed.

Rhyme Pays peaked at number 93 on the Billboard 200 music chart, and number 26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by Ice-T, written by T. Marrow, and produced by Afrika Islam and Ice-T.

No. Title Time
1. "Intro/Rhyme Pays" 6:29
2. "6 'n the Morning" 7:11
3. "Make It Funky" 5:09
4. "Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy!!!)" 3:03
5. "409" 5:20
6. "I Love Ladies" 4:44
7. "Sex" 2:57
8. "Pain" 3:36
9. "Squeeze the Trigger" 6:12

CD bonus tracks[edit | edit source]

10. "Make It Funky (12" Mix) 5:58
11. "Sex (Bonus Beat)" 3:53
12. "Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy!!!) (12" Mix)" 3:27
13. "Our Most Requested Record (Long Version)" 6:45
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