The 50 Best Rap Album Titles Ever

26. Ice-T, Rhyme Pays (1987)


Label: Sire, Warner Bros.

Yes, Ice-T's debut album is an obvious play off the old adage "crime pays," but it works so well because for Ice, a former pimp and drug dealer, rhyme and crime were so closely linked. The lead single, "6 'N the Mornin'," is one of gangsta rap's defining documents; "Somebody Gotta Do It (Pimpin' Ain't Easy!!!)" dished on Ice's former profession; and "Squeeze The Trigger" is self-explanatory. No wonder it was the first hip-hop album to receive the Parental Advisory label.

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