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Spice 1

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  • Born: Byron, TX
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


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All Music Guide:

Too Short discovered rapper Spice 1, who'd been born in Texas before moving to California. His self-titled debut was as vivid and fatalistic a gangsta album as possible, and his hard-edged, angry, and pessimistic rapping style and tone only added to the despair emanating from the disc. He followed it with an even more bitter and nihilistic release, 187 He Wrote in 1993, complete with simulated gunfire. Other releases included 1995's 1990 Sick and 1997's Black Bossalini (aka Dr. Bomb From Da Bay). Immortalized followed two years later, and in the spring of 2000 Spice 1 returned with Last Dance and Playa Rich Project. A sequel to the latter brought him into 2002, while the Spiceberg Slim album came out that summer. Unlike many rappers in his position, Spice 1 did not suffer a critical backlash from such a high volume of releases in such a short amount of time. He continued to change with the times, and that reflected on his consistant sales and unwavering fanbase.


Robert L. Green, Jr., better known by his stage name Spice 1, is an American rapper born in Corsicana, Texas. He has consistently been releasing solo and group albums since 1992. Spice 1 was ranked number 56 in The Source magazine's Top 115 Hip-Hop Artists from 1988–2003. His self-titled debut was also listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.

^ "Robert OG Spice Green - Facebook". Retrieved 9 March 2015. ^ Ron Wynn. "Spice 1 - Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

JiveRecords (1991-1999)[edit]

Spice's stage name is an acronym for "Sex, Pistols, Indo, Cash, and Entertainment". He was first discovered by rapper Too Short. In 1991 he put out his first release, Let It Be Known EP, which was not widely distributed. In 1992, he released his self-titled debut Spice 1, a vivid and fatalistic gangsta rap album. He followed it with an even more bitter and nihilistic release, 187 He Wrote, in 1993.

Spice 1 released six albums under Jive Records along with one greatest hits album. Though was reported by Jive that he had an album called "Full Metal Jacket", Spice 1 has stated that this information was false. The album was never released and it is uncertain whether any songs were recorded for the project. He was supposed to collaborate with 2Pac on an album called "One Nation", along with other west and east coast rappers.

In 1996, Spice 1 appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside many prominent hip hop artists such as Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Organized Konfusion, and Fat Joe. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.

While Spice 1 was signed to Jive, three of his albums reached Gold status. According to the RIAA, these albums were Spice 1, 187 He Wrote and AmeriKKKa's Nightmare. He continued to have success on later albums as well, though he never managed to receive further certificates for selling over 500,000 albums.

The biggest song in Spice's career was "Trigga Gots No Heart", from both the Menace II Society soundtrack and his album 187 He Wrote. However, at the same time he released "Trigga Gots No Heart", fellow rapper MC Eiht also had a hit single, "Streiht Up Menace", from the soundtrack which took the number one spot. In 1999 Spice 1 released his last album with Jive, Immortalized. Though it received good reviews, it was not well promoted and didn't sell as expected. According to Spice 1, he left Jive Records because they wanted him to clean up his image.

^ "Classic Spice 1 Interview(Shout to Dubcnn.com)". Escobar300's Blog. Retrieved 9 March 2015. ^ Thompson, Mark. "Spice 1 - Definition of a Ridah". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

Life after Jive (2000-present)[edit]

Spice 1 has released more than 10 group and solo albums since his release from Jive.

Spice defended Ice-T in his feud with Soulja Boy Tell 'Em in 2008.

More recently Spice 1 is working on a new album, with production credits from Nat Powers.

Spice 1 has finished recording a project with recording artist Bossolo, entitled "Thug Therapy", the album dropped March 17 2015 under Thug World Music Group LLC. and is getting highly favored by Spice 1 fans all across the globe. Spice 1 is currently in Australia on tour with Dj Yella of NWA,Compton Knine & E3 as of March 17,Although the Straight Outta Compton Tour has ended Spice 1 remains in Australia on his own Tour put together by Dj Lopez, and will return to the United States May 11th. 2015 to finished up his long awaited album "Haterz Nightmare:" feat. Bone Thugs,Katt Williams,Twista,The Game, Bossolo, Wc & more.

Spice 1 will appear in the TV show The Dirty in 2015, directed by Miguel Nunez (aka Rasheed Brown) and starring Vivica Fox. Spice 1 plays a notorious drug dealer on the streets of Oakland, California.

^ allmusic ((( Spice 1 > Biography )))^ HipHopDX (28 July 2008). "Spice 1 Rides For Ice-T Against Soulja Boy". HipHopDX. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 

Personal life[edit]

He attended Mt. Eden High School in Hayward.

Spice 1 was shot in the chest on the morning of December 3, 2007, while sitting in his Cadillac Escalade outside his parents' home in the 26000 block of Chiplay Avenue in Hayward. The shooting is believed to be motivated by robbery, rather than any sort of rivalry. He suffered a collapsed lung. He talked about the shooting 6 days after it occurred from his hospital bed.

^ "Rapper Spice 1 shot, recovering in hospital". SFGate. Retrieved 9 March 2015. ^ "Spice 1 Speaks On Shooting From Hospital Bed". BallerStatus.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
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