‘Greatest Hits: The Evidence’

As a starter, this is fine - but it's hardly comprehensive...

If you really want a definitive collection of [a]Ice-T[/a]’s work, go and buy his albums ‘Power’ and ‘OG – Original Gangster’ . This is not to criticise this greatest hits package, which, technically, does a decent job of presenting an overview of his illustrious career. However, when you have an artist like Ice, with such an impressive body of work, you have to come with more than 17 tracks.

‘The Evidence’ draws upon Ice‘s six individual albums and two Body Count albums for WEA. However, Ice‘s most relevant work came on his first four albums. Hence what you have is strong album cuts from those first four, like ‘Lethal Weapon’ (from ‘The Iceberg’) and ‘Make It Funky’ (from ‘Rhyme Pays’), having to give way to weaker lead tracks from Ice’s final two albums and Body Count material. Also mysterious in its absence is his most significant track with Body Count, the controversial ‘Cop Killer’.

Still, you’ll get an idea of why Ice is such a revered figure in rap, with irrefutable classics like ‘6 ‘N The Mornin”, ‘I’m Your Pusher’, as well as such hits like ‘Colors’, ‘Power’ and ‘You Played Yourself’.

West Coast and gangsta rap’s leading protagonist has always had a penchant for controversy and original ideas and, as such, every rap fan worth their salt should own something of his. As a starter, this is fine – but hardly a comprehensive look at the man’s true impact.

Derek A Bardowell