Studio album by O.C.


October 18, 1994


July 1993 - April 1994


Battery Studios
(New York City, New York)
Unique Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City, New York)
Power Play Studios
(Long Island City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Underground hip hop, Hardcore hip hop




Wild Pitch Records


Buckwild, DJ Ogee, Lord Finesse, Organized Konfusion, Prestige

O.C. chronology


Jewelz (1997)

Word...Life is the debut studio album by American rapper O.C., released in October 18, 1994 on Wild Pitch Records. Recording sessions took place at Battery Studios, Unique Recording Studios, Soundtrack Studios and Power Play Studios in New York City from July 1993 to April 1994. The album was produced primarily by Buckwild alongside Organized Konfusion, Lord Finesse, Prestige and DJ Ogee. Apart from an outro by Organized Konfusion member Prince Po, the album does not feature any guest appearances. Nas was arranged to appear on a song but he never showed up to the studio for the recording session.

The album peaked at #34 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by O.C..

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Creative Control" Baskerville, Credle, Jamerson Organized Konfusion 1:44
2. "Word...Life" Best, Credle Buckwild 4:53
3. "O-Zone" Best, Credle Buckwild 4:04
4. "Born 2 Live" Best, Credle Buckwild 4:46
5. "Time's Up" Best, Credle Buckwild 3:29
6. "Point O Viewz" Best, Credle, Vanderpool Buckwild, Prestige 4:14
7. "Constables" Baskerville, Credle, Jamerson Organized Konfusion 4:04
8. "Ga Head" Credle, Hall Lord Finesse 3:55
9. "No Main Topic" Credle, Scott DJ Ogee 3:42
10. "Let It Slide" Best, Credle Buckwild 4:23
11. "Ma Dukes" Best, Credle Buckwild 3:58
12. "Story" Credle, Scott DJ Ogee 3:03
13. "Outtro (Sabotage)" Best, Credle Buckwild 2:51
14. "Born 2 Live (Remix)" Baskerville, Credle, Jamerson Organized Konfusion 3:45


Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Art Direction: M.C. Serch
  • Design: Terry Clarke
  • Engineer (Additional): Richard July, Anton Pukshansky
  • Engineer (Assistant): George, Tony
  • Mastered by: Chris Gehringer
  • Mixed by: Tony Smalios
  • Photography: Danny Clinch
  • Recorded by: Tony Smalios

Album liner notes[edit | edit source]

To the Mentors: Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS-ONE, Chuck D., Kool G Rap

Stage One: "Much love ta my Crew tha Organismz: Prince Poe, Pharoah Monch, Stone, Complex, My D.J. Nique, Nyce, Rolls Royce, X-treme, Saga, Snap D-ave..."

"Peace to Cousin Boo, Lil' Eddie."

"Good Lookin' ta my Man Serch and Chantel...Love an Kisses ta Mayanna Moosh!"

"Peace ta my Fam!...Ma Dukes, Good Lookin'...you made history with me, Love Ya!...Pops...shaped my conscience... I'm a pass it on ta my sons!"

Stage Two: "To my Uptown Crew...Buckwild (you about ta blow, Paw...Watch!), Lord Finesse (Funky Man) for hittin' me with insight!...Kev Geeda...mad intelligence behind you Bee Boy...L.P. an my fuckin' man O.G.! (you bout ta blow, too!)."

"Peace ta 'Queens' Emcees...Peace ta 'Bushwick', my foundation."

"Peace ta Mark 'Sake Lover' Pearson & ta Sean 'The Captain' Carasov, and ta Eclipse.

Thanks to: Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, Wild man Steve and D.J. Riz, Kevvy Kev at KZSU
Special Shout to Nike for all the gear... Good Lookin' ta Big Kim.

Last but not least...Rest in Peace to Mike Boogie, Cousin Orell, Arnufo, Blackie, Missy, Aunt Young Aae, and Mister Jamerson...Ya'll spirits are Everlasting!
We had to rush this album out, so if I missed ya, next time I'll hit ya!

Samples[edit | edit source]

Creative Control

  • "Hey Jude" by Maynard Ferguson.


  • "Never Will I Marry" by Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley.
  • "Fly, Fly, the Route, Shoot" by If.


  • "The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)" by Power of Zeus.
  • "Leaves" by Pete Jolly.
  • "Shook Ones Part I" by Mobb Deep.

Born 2 Live

  • "Risin' to the Top" by Keni Burke.

Time's Up

  • "A Day in the Life" by Les DeMerle.
  • "Hey Young World" by Slick Rick.

Point O Viewz

  • "Seed of Love" by Little Boy Blues.
  • "Searchin' (Live)" by Roy Ayers.


Ga Head

  • "Hey Jude" by O.C. Smith.
  • "Together Let's Find Love" by The 5th Dimension.

No Main Topic

  • "Gong" by Duke Ellington.
  • "Fresh Is the Word" by Mantronix.

Let It Slide

  • "Dream Clock" by Weather Report.
  • "Statues" by Jack Bruce.
  • "Outside Love" by Brethren.

Ma Dukes

  • "Come Dancing" by Jeff Beck.
  • "Back on the Track" by Jimmy McGriff.

Outtro (Sabotage)

  • "Riding High" by Faze-O.
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