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Today is a special day in Hip-Hop. On this day, thirty-five years ago, Ice-T released his debut album, Rhyme Pays. It is not only a collection of songs that introduced the world to “gangsta rap” before it was even a term but marked the arrival of one of Hip-Hop’s greatest storytellers.

West Coast Styles salutes Rhyme Pays and thanks all those involved with its creation for the trail it blazed and the standards it set, some of which very few other albums have matched even all these years later. Respect due.

Check out the tweets below where Ice-T and others provide some insights regarding this landmark recording, and the impact Ice has had on Hip-Hop in its entirety!

Ice-T’s ‘Rhyme Pays’ Turns 35