The 25 Realest Rap Songs About Prison

Ice-T "The Tower" (1991)

Producer: Bilal Bashir, Ice-T
Album: O.G. Original Gangster
Label: Sire/Warner Bros.

"The Tower" is a somber, step-by-step account of life in prison. From the ride up in a "big gray bus" to fatal stabbings in the yard, Ice-T offers a first-person account of just how bleak the days are behind bars. There's an air of existential crisis to the record that sets it apart from many that cover similar territory. Yes, there are tales of conflict where our narrator shanks a guy "twice in the neck" and leaves him "dead in the yard," but it's not really a boast about his toughness. Even after all the drama, Ice-T still doesn't know who has the power, and more than likely, it's none of the inmates. —Ernest Baker

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