Spice 1
Spice 1 album.jpg
Studio album by Spice 1


April 14, 1992


March 1991 - February 1992


J-Jam Studio
(Oakland, CA)
The Music Annex
(Menlo Park, CA)
Live Oak Studios
(Berkeley, CA)


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap




Jive Records


Ant Banks, Blackjack, CMT, E-A-Ski, Spice 1

Spice 1 chronology


Let It Be Known (1991)


187 He Wrote (1993)

Spice 1 is the debut studio album by American rapper Spice 1, released in April 14, 1992 on Jive Records. It was produced by Ant Banks, Blackjack, E-A-Ski, CMT and Spice 1. Spice 1 introduces his hardcore, violent lyrics and gory inner city narratives that he would continue to utilise throughout his career, and the album deals with typical gangsta rap topics such as murder, guns and drugs. MC Ant makes the only guest appearance, and appears on the song "Break Yourself".

The album peaked at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The single "Welcome to the Ghetto" performed well, reaching #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #5 on the Rap Songs charts. Along with singles, music videos were made for the songs "In My Neighborhood", "Welcome to the Ghetto", "187 Proof" and "East Bay Gangsta". 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written by R. Green.

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "In My Neighborhood" Spice 1 Ant Banks 3:42
2. "187 Proof" Spice 1 Spice 1 3:50
3. "East Bay Gangster (Reggae)" Spice 1 CMT, E-A-Ski 4:30
4. "Money Gone" Spice 1 Blackjack 3:45
5. "1-800-Spice" Spice 1 Ant Banks 4:03
6. "Peace to My Nine" Spice 1 Ant Banks, Spice 1 4:50
7. "Young N****" Spice 1 CMT, E-A-Ski 5:00
8. "Welcome to the Ghetto" Spice 1 Spice 1 4:09
9. "Fucked in the Game" Spice 1 Ant Banks 4:03
10. "Money or Murder" Spice 1 Ant Banks 4:26
11. "City Streets" Spice 1 Ant Banks 4:50
12. "1-900-Spice" Spice 1 Ant Banks 1:33
13. "Break Yourself" Spice 1, MC Ant Ant Banks 4:10
14. "187 Pure" Spice 1 CMT, E-A-Ski 3:38

Samples[edit | edit source]

In My Neighborhood

  • "Reach for It" by George Duke

Money Gone

  • "Time for a Change" by Mel Brown
  • "Save the World" by Southside Movement


  • "Shadows in the Rain" by The Police

Peace to My Nine

  • "One Nation Under the Groove" by Funkadelic
  • "Endangered Species (Tales From the Darkside)" by Ice Cube

Young N****

  • "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" by Parliament
  • "Us" by Ice Cube

Welcome to the Ghetto

  • "No One's Gonna Love You" by The S.O.S. Band
  • "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" by Marvin Gaye

Fucked in the Game

  • "Make Me Believe in You" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Get Up and Get Down" by The Dramatics

Money or Murder

  • "Joy" by Isaac Hayes

City Streets

  • "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" by The Dramatics

1-900 Spice

  • "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross

Break Yourself

  • "Once You Get It" by B.T. Express

187 Pure

  • "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James
  • "The Symphony" by Marley Marl
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