It was on this date April 14, 1992 Spice 1 Released his debut self titled album Spice 1

Spice 1 is the self-titled debut album by American rapper Spice 1, released April 14, 1992 on Jive Records. It was certified gold by the RIAA.[4] The album was produced by Ant Banks, Blackjack, E-A-Ski & CMT and Spice 1. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 82 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers.[5] One single, “Welcome to the Ghetto“, peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 5 on the Billboard Rap Songs.[6]


Spice 1

Studio album by Spice 1

Released April 14, 1992



Length 56:38


Spice 1 chronologyLet It Be Known
(1991)Spice 1
(1992)187 He Wrote
(1993)Singles from Spice 1

  1. “In My Neighborhood”
    Released: March 30, 1992
  2. Welcome to the Ghetto
    Released: June 12, 1992

Professional ratings

Review scores Source Rating


Entertainment Weekly(B)

The Source

Along with singles, music videos were produced for four songs: “In My Neighborhood”, “Welcome to the Ghetto”,”187 Proof” and “East Bay Gangsta”. Richie Rich makes a cameo appearance in “Welcome to the Ghetto”. “East Bay Gangsta” and “Welcome to the Ghetto” were B-sides on the other singles. The album was included in the Source Magazine’s 100 greatest hip hop albums.

Critical reception

Allmusic – “…His style, an appropriate mix of irony, disdain, acceptance and confusion, never succumbs to the situation or seeks to justify or downplay the sense of impending doom.”

Entertainment Weekly (7/24/92, p. 60) – “…Spice 1’s lyrics are clever enough to make you forget you’ve heard it all before…his tales unfold with the drama of short stories…”

iTunes Store – “…with a large serving of gunplay and ghetto storytelling. Spice’s unique vocal style showcased an uncanny ability to twist and contort his flow…the bass-heavy beats still knock with authority, ideal for bumping in the scraper…”

Track listing

Spice 1


1.”In My Neighborhood”


2.”187 Proof”GreenSpice 13:50

3.”East Bay Gangster (Reggae)”Green


4.”Money Gone”Green

  • Blackjack
  • Spice 1



  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1


6.”Peace to My Nine”

  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1


7.”Young Nigga”Green

  • E-A-Ski & CMT
  • Spice 1


8.”Welcome To the Ghetto

Spice 14:09

9.”Fucked In the Game”Green

  • Blackjack
  • Spice 1


10.”Money or Murder”Green

  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1


11.”City Streets”Green

  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1



  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1


13.”Break Yourself” (featuring MC Ant)Green

  • Ant Banks
  • Spice 1


14.”187 Pure”Green

  • E-A-Ski & CMT
  • Spice 1


Total length:56:38


Welcome to the Ghetto

187 Pure

  • “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” by Bob James

City Streets

F***ed in the Game

In My Neighborhood

Money Gone

Money or Murder

Peace to My Nine

Young N****

Note: The sample credits contain a disclaimer from George Clinton disparaging the lyrical content of the song, yet stating the sample was allowed due to the message of music as a free agent of change inherent in “Mothership Connection.” This type of note was uncommon for most artists who were sampling.

Chart history

Album Chart (1992) Peak position

U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 14

U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 82

RIAA Certification Certifacation Country Sales

Gold USA .658,000

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