Today in Hip Hop History: October 18, 1994
Underground hip hop aritst O.C. of D.I.T.C. released his debut studio album, Word…Life, through Wild Pitch Records in 1994. The album sparked his rise to prominence and respect within the rap game at the time. Word…Life was produced by Buckwild, Prestige, Organized Konfusion, DJ Ogee and Lord Finesse. It featured no outside vocals.
Majority of the album was produced by fellow D.I.T.C. members. The group, short for “Diggin’ in the Crates Crew”, consisted of Big L, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, O.C., Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and A.G.. The New York based group propelled O.C.’s career and Word…Life cemented his position within the group.
Word…Life featured two singles; “Born 2 Live” and “Time’s Up,” the latter which was used in 8 Mile for a battle rap scene. “Time’s Up” was an overarching diss at thug posers that flooded the rap game at the time of its release. The song off the album remains a classic to this day.
Word…Life peaked at #11 on the Top Heatseekers Chart and #34 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. It is stil considered a staple within O.C.’s hip hop career and an underground classic.