O.C. ‎– Word...Life

Wild Pitch Records ‎– E2-30928, EMI Records ‎– E2-30928, Serchlite Music ‎– E2-30928, Wild Pitch Records ‎– 7243-8-30928-2-6, EMI Records ‎– 7243-8-30928-2-6, Serchlite Music ‎– 7243-8-30928-2-6
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1 Creative Control
Music By – Larry Baskerville, Troy Jameson*Producer – Organized Konfusion
2 Word...Life
Producer – Buckwild
3 O-zone
Producer – Buckwild
4 Born 2 Live
Producer – Buckwild
5 Time's Up
Producer – Buckwild
6 Point O Viewz
Music By – Anthony Best, David Vanderpool*Producer – Buckwild, Prestige (6)
7 Constables
Music By – Larry Baskerville, Troy Jameson*Producer – Organized Konfusion
8 Ga Head
Music By – Robert Hall*Producer – Lord Finesse
9 No Main Topic
Music By – Gary Scott*Producer – D.J. Ogee*Vocals [Additional] – Prince Po
10 Let It Slide
Producer – BuckwildVocals [Additional] – Pharoahe Monch
11 Ma Dukes
Producer – Buckwild
12 Story
Music By – Gary Scott*Producer – D.J. Ogee*
13 Outtro (Sabatoge)
Producer – Buckwild
14 Born 2 Live (Remix)
Music By – Larry Baskerville, Troy Jameson*Producer – Organized Konfusion

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Contains the original 4:18 mix of "Ga Head."

- Track 2 to 6, 10, 11 & 13 Produced [...] for Still Diggin' Productions.
Music [...] for Still Diggin' Music (ASCAP).
Track 7 & 14 Music [...] for Medicine Man Music (BMI)

Recorded and mixed at Battery Studios, Unique Recording, Soundtracks NY and Power Play Studios.

©℗ 1994 EMI Records USA under exclusive license agreement from Wild Pitch Records LTD.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 2438-30928-2 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 30928-2 MO L4817P Y 1-1-1 EMI JAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 30928-2 MO L4817P Y 1-1-2 EMI JAX

Other Versions (5 of 21) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WPD-2009 O.C. Word...Life(CD, Album) Wild Pitch Records WPD-2009 US 1994 Sell This Version
E1-30928, none O.C. Word...Life(LP, Album, Unofficial) Emi Records (2), Wild Pitch Records (2) E1-30928, none US Unknown Sell This Version
MJCD-004 O.C. Word...Life(CD, Album) Mary Joy Recordings, Wild Pitch Records MJCD-004 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
E2-30928 O.C. Word...Life(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Wild Pitch Records (2) E2-30928 US Unknown Sell This Version
E2-30928, 7243-8-30928-2-6 O.C. Word...Life(CD, Album, Club) Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records, Serchlite Music, Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records, Serchlite Music E2-30928, 7243-8-30928-2-6 US 1994 Sell This Version


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November 4, 2017
What we have here is an MC with outstanding skills and lyrical diversity coming over jazzy beats by Organized Konfusion, Buckwild, Lord Finesse and DJ Ogee.
We hear the familiar voices of Prodigy, Slick Rick and KRS-One through vocal samples and a line quotes the latter. Hip hop is a house and the more you know the more you feel at home in this culture. That's one of its best qualities, a unique and special feeling.
But back to the album. Is it gangsta? Definitely not. Is it hardcore? Yes because it's not the number of cusswords that make you hardcore, the true and deep meaning of hardcore is being honest and uncompromising and that is what Omar Credle is all about. The title of the first track/intro already shows the direction: "Creative Control" = artistic freedom of expression without compromises = real rap.
The general atmosphere of the album is of a joyless nature. Musically the hardest track is "Constables" followed by "No Main Topic", lyrically the hardest track is "Story" – one of the hardest lyrics ever.
"Word... Life" sounds like a forgotten classic.

"I'd rather be broke and have a whole lot of respect"


December 28, 2016
anyone else got this promotional cd pressing?? it's not listed


November 29, 2016

An absolute classic record that still gets way too overlooked all these years later. O.C. was an exceptionally talented MC, on par with all of the lyrical heavy-hitters (Nas, the Wu guys, Organized Konfusion) of that era. The man oozed confidence, a unique voice, and a complex, yet effortless flow that cuts deep. "Time's Up" is the most obvious entry-point for showcasing just how advance O is, but the whole album is a gem. Not the usual battle rhymes, even when he goes for MC's throats ("O-Zone," "Point O Viewz"), but his topical diversity excels on Word...Life and never feels forced or pretentious. "Born 2 Live" is an absolutely vivid and beautiful reflection on childhood and death, "Let It Slide" is an intense treatise on avoiding beef, "Story" graphically and unflinchingly explores the consequences of criminal life, and "Ga Head" deals with a breakup with an unexpected twist (and avoids the kind of misogyny and homophobia that one could expect from such a song). Aside from O, the production is all-around superb, particularly with Buckwild of D.I.T.C. really coming into his own with his understated, deep fusion soundscapes. If you're at all a hip-hop head, you need this record. One of the best of 1994.


November 29, 2016

For whatever reason, I just found out in the past week about the differing versions of "Ga Head" depending on the pressing. I've owned a Columbia House version since the 90's, and it has the "alternate" shorter version with the tweaked beat. Somehow the original 4:18 version by-passed me; I think I enjoy that one more!