This Is How It Is
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Studio album by Original Flavor


March 17, 1992


February 1991 - January 1992


Firehouse Studios
(Brooklyn, NY)
Quad Studios
(New York City)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Atlantic Records


DJ Clark Kent (exec.), Ski, Damon Dash (exec.)

This Is How It Us is the debut studio album by American Hip hop group Original Flavor. Released in March 17, 1992 under Atlantic Records. The production on the album was handled by Ski. Recording sessions took place from February 1991 to January 1992 at Firehouse Studios and Quad Studios in New York City. The album spawned the single "When I Make It".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "This Is How It Is" - 3:40
  2. "When I Make It" - 4:01
  3. "Best Friend's Girl" - 3:29
  4. "Way Wit Words" - 3:12
  5. "Kick The Butta" - 5:05
  6. "Waitin' 4 My Break" - 3:27
  7. "Handle The Technique" - 2:56
  8. "Give 'Em Some Wrek" - 2:43
  9. "Gumdrops" - 3:53
  10. "I Like It (Freestyle)" - 3:51
  11. "Brain Storm" - 4:39
  12. "Swingin'" - 4:32
  13. "Here We Go" - 4:35

Samples[edit | edit source]

This Is How It Is

  • "Somethin' Else Again" by Richie Havens
  • "Fool Yourself" by Little Feat

When I Make It

  • "Lady" and "So This Is Love" by George Benson

Best Friend's Girl

  • "Mean Greens" and "Goin' Home" by Eddie Harris
  • "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Junior Mance

Way Wit Words

  • "What Do I Do When I'm Alone" by Grover
  • "The Word Family Song" by Gordon, Susan, Mr. Hooper and Oscar the Grouch
  • "Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson

Kick The Butta

  • "UFO" by ESG
  • "Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On" by Ike and Tina Turner
  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "The World is a Ghetto" by War
  • "Blues and Pants" by James Brown

Waitin' 4 My Break

  • "The Big Beat" by Billy Squier
  • "Gee Whiz, It's Christmas" by Carla Thomas
  • "UFO" by ESG
  • "Introduction to the J.B.'s" by Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s

Handle The Technique

  • "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson
  • "Loran's Dance" by Grover Washington, Jr.

Give 'Em Some Wrek

  • "I Know You Got Soul" by Bobby Byrd
  • "Hot Pants" by Enoch Light


  • "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock
  • "You'll Like It Too" by Funkadelic
  • "Funky Drummer" by James Brown

I Like It (Freestyle)

  • "Impeach the President" by The Honeydrippers
  • "Fancy Dancer" by The Commodores
  • "Can Mind" by James Brown
  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "Miss Broadway" by Belle Epoque

Brain Storm

  • "Not Yet" by Grover Washington, Jr.
  • "Fool Yourself" by Little Feat


  • "Mosadi (Woman)" by The Crusaders
  • "Feel Good" by Fancy
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