14 Jan EXCLUSIVE: Spice 1 On His Debut Album Selling 900,000 Copies in Two Weeks
In this exclusive interview clip below, West Coast legend Spice 1 talks on his debut self-titled album on Jive Records selling 900,000 albums in the first two weeks alone, which was released on Tuesday 14 April 1992. Spice 1 features 14 strong tracks including the two classic Singles In My Neighbourhood and Welcome to the Ghetto as well as 187 Proof and was largely produced by Ant Banks, CMT and E-A-Ski. Spice 1 followed his earlier solo debut EP Let It Be Known in 1991 on Triad Records and his original solo EP under the different alias of 187 Proof titled Dope Like Pound Or A Key earlier in 1991. Spice 1 had his original breakthrough being discovered by Too $hort and collaborating with him and a host of others on the 1988 The Dangerous Crew 6-track EP titled Dangerous Crew.
Following on the success of a long list of then recent earlier Jive artists including Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Schoolly D, Boogie Down Productions, Too $hort and A Tribe Called Quest, Spice 1 contained many classic samples from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Funkadelic, Parliament, Ice Cube and featured a memorable, unique disclaimer from George Clinton regarding Spice 1: “Because Of Our Beliefs expressed in ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ it would be hypocritical to deny use of the sample, but we are not in agreement with the thoughts and ideology expressed in ‘Peace To My Nine’.”
The Oakland rappers’ debut album received Gold RIAA Certification on 30 November 1993, peaked #14 US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #82 Billboard Top Heatseekers. The second Single from the album Welcome to the Ghetto climbed on the Billboard charts to #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks chart and #5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart after its June 1992 release and would go on to influence his friend 2Pac’s I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto (the first posthumous single by Pac), before Spice 1 would provide a follow up to it in 2002 with Welcome Back to the Ghetto on his Spiceberg Slim album. The success of the album was even more remarkable considering it had no major features on it from the likes of Too $hort or others and yet still managed to sell very widely. The album is notably mastered by the legendary, multiple Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Tom Coyne.
Spice 1 was previously included in The Source magazine’s 100 greatest hip hop albums and Spice 1 was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine’s Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988 to 2003. His debut album was awarded 4 mics in the June 1992 Issue #33 of The Source and now almost 26 years later has most definitely certified itself as a true classic rap release. Check the below clip for some further insight into the story surrounding the album.