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It Takes a Thief [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

CoolioAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B000000HJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fantastic Voyage
2. County Line
3. Mama, I'm In Love Wit A Gangsta
4. Hand On My Nutsac
5. Ghetto Cartoon
6. Smokin' Stix
7. Can-O-Corn
8. U Know Hoo!
9. It Takes A Thief
10. Bring Back Somethin Fo Da Hood
11. N Da Closet
12. On My Way To Harlem
13. Sticky Fingers
14. Thought You Knew
15. Ugly Bitches
16. I Remember

Editorial Reviews

The rapper's 1994 debut album features 16 tracks including the hit 'Fantastic Voyage' & the classic 'County Line'. Tommy Boy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something to ride to September 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Coolio starts you on a ride with a remake of Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage," complete with smooth gangsta lyrics and a catchy chorus. It works wonders on a boomin sound system. Besides that the rest of the tracks, most of them anyways, are worth a listen, specifically U Know Hoo with W.C. and Ghetto Cartoon. But Fantastic Voyage is the best of the album......all I gotta say is "slide, slide, slippity slide......"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After getting his major debut in the group The Madd Circle, with west coast rapper, WC, Coolio came out with his solo debut It Takes A Thief back in 1994. His debut was able to blend in with the popular west coast rap scene around that time. Here Coolio takes you through a tale of stories before he became a recording artist. The album's concept is interesting, but at the same time, gets kind of repetitive. But the overall product is highly enjoyable for one fan to like.

With the lead single "Fantastic Voyage", Coolio creates a track for one to bounce to. "County Line", and "Mama I'm In Love With A Gangsta", he rhymes about being broke and being locked away for some time. The latter track features up and coming rapper Leshaun (you might recognize her from LL Cool J's "Doin' It") who drops an okay verse. Further down the album are tracks like "Can-O-Corn", and "Sticky Fingers" where he reminisces over times he used to shoplift to get by in life. The album's title track is one of the biggest highlights on the album as Coolio tells stories on how he used to rob people for their goods. "N Da Closet" is another standout, as he explains about the effects of his drug habit. The end of the album "I Remember" is another great track that features J-Ro from the Alkaholiks, and Billy Boy.

Given that this is an excellent album, Coolio missteps on such songs like "Ghetto Cartoon", and "On My Way To Harlem". Both tracks are one of the few that failed to standout in my opinion.

Overall Coolio's debut was a great album. Coolio sounds very motivated and hungry as he strives to keep his lyrical content above the average. I enjoyed the content that he placed here on this album, and it will keep a listener interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the latest April 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Even though this album isn't very well known, I think it is much better than his latest album. I don't think "Fantastic Voyage" is all that great, but "Ghetto Cartoon" is terrific! Also, "County Line", and "Smokin Stix" are good. The one favorite track on this album is "It takes a thief", this track is brilliant! All of the other songs are okay, not great. If you thought "Gangstas Paradise" (the song) was good, look into this album.
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By Liz
Format:Audio CD
"It Takes a Thief" is a good start for Coolio, this being his first album. I really liked the songs "Fantastic Voyage" and "County Line", but if you really want to laugh your rear end off, listen to the single "Ghetto Cartoon"--all I can say is that it is a scream. Most of the songs are good, but listen to my top picks. You'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD review June 6, 2012
By Jef
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Coolio CD I purchased arrived quickly and was in great condition for being used. Plays perfectly and has no scratches. The price was right too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the day when I was young... March 20, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I personally think this is one of the best things that came out from west coast rap thru the whole "Deathrow, Ruthless" era. You gotta be really about your neighborhood and about your friends and family to understand this album since this album is kinda like Coolio's diary on how he came up from gettin high and being broke to puttin out an extremely good album. You can take the radio edit songs to see its worthy enough like Fantastic Voyage but you wont get the whole experience until you feel "n da closet" "I remember" "Can-o-Corn" "sticky fingerz" I feel really sorry for anybody from my generation who hasn't appraised to this album yet and if you can, smoke some....
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as it ever was June 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you listened to this when it first came out and loved it- you'll love it now. Coolio shows skill and smarts in the lyrics, as well as humor. Nothing greater than a Can-o-Corn!
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3.0 out of 5 stars it could have been better March 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I purchiced this C.D. To complete my Coolio colection I thought itm would be better. When I got around to listening to it I happen to notice it really sucked
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolio is in da house
It's the Hip hop's hair doo master Coolio on a debut album, my locc Coolio went from B.G. to Locc'sta from Compton, CA aka the CPT. Read more
Published on January 23, 2006 by hockeyplaya187
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Voyage, enough said!
It's the Hip hop's hair doo master Coolio on a debut album, my locc Coolio went from B.G. to Locc'sta from Compton, CA aka the CPT. Read more
Published on December 13, 2005 by Loco-E
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superstar ganked by the industry
This album absolutely kicks the snot out of 95%+ of the music to come since. Picking highlights for this album is difficult but here's a couple:

Ghetto Cartoon: Coolio... Read more
Published on December 3, 2005 by LaughingLion
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
This album is truly a classic, with SOME good tracks like Fantastic Voyage, Smokin Stix. However, I found a lot of "filler" tracks on the album and probably would not buy... Read more
Published on August 5, 2004 by L. Chun
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a HOT album
"It Takes A Thief" is Coolio's classic! It's been a while since I last listened to it but I remember thinking it was a masterpiece when I first heard it. Read more
Published on October 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic voyage
fantastic voyage rocks, even though it's now a kinda old song (still one of the best though). the whole cd is old skool, and worth your $. Read more
Published on January 19, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic voyage
fantastic voyage rocks, even though it's now a kinda old song (still one of the best though). the whole cd is old skool, and worth your $. Read more
Published on January 19, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars It takes a thief to listen to this
Fantastic Voyage is the only good song on this excuse for an album. The rest of the songs are not even the least bit interesting. The other songs aren't even worth listening to. Read more
Published on May 20, 2000 by Eric Aros
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