Label: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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Genre:Hip Hop


1Creative Control1:44
4Born 2 Live
5Time's Up
6Point O Viewz4:14
8Ga Head
Music ByRobert Hall*
ProducerLord Finesse
9No Main Topic
Music ByGary Scott*
ProducerD.J. Ogee*
Vocals [Additional]Prince Po
10Let It Slide
Vocals [Additional]Pharoahe Monch
11Ma Dukes
Music ByGary Scott*
ProducerD.J. Ogee*
13Outtro (Sabatoge)
14Born 2 Live (Remix)3:45

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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.

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  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 30928-2 MO RE1 L4A19O Y 2-1-1 EMI JAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 30928-2 MO L4817P Y 1-1-3 EMI JAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 30928-2 MO L4817P Y 1-1-4 EMI JAX

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Word...Life (LP, Album)Wild Pitch Records, Serchlite Music, EMI, EMI RecordsE1-30928US1994
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Word...Life (CD, Album)Wild Pitch RecordsWPD-2009US1994
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Word...Life (CD, Album)Wild Pitch Records7243 8 30928 2 6Europe1994
Word...Life (Cassette, Album, White Tape Guide)Wild Pitch RecordsE4-30928US1994
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Word...Life (CD, Album, Club Edition)Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records, Serchlite Music, Wild Pitch Records, EMI Records, Serchlite MusicE2-30928, 7243-8-30928-2-6US1994


  • CollectsNEffects's avatar
    From what i’ve read the OG 1st pressing of the album has the shorter version of Ga Head this copy which i have in the collection is the longer version the original the re release in digipack has this long original version as well
    • Omaha99's avatar
      Confusingly there exists an MP3 only 'Deluxe Edition' of 'Word...Life' that lists the shorter 3:41 version of 'Ga Head' as the original mix, with the longer 4:16 version listed as 'Alternate Mix'...
      Can anyone definitively confirm which is the original version of 'Ga Head'? The longer 4:15 version (with horns), or shorter 3:41 version?
      Thanks very much
      • dcarroll349's avatar
        Mos def one of the best ever on wax. D.I.T.C. forever!!
        • DerFeindHoertMit's avatar
          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"
          • Recordcollecta1's avatar
            anyone else got this promotional cd pressing?? it's not listed
            • driver_ufo84's avatar
              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.
              • driver_ufo84's avatar
                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!



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