On this day in music history: September 13, …

On this day in music history: September 13, 1988 – “Power”, the second album by Ice-T is released. Produced by Afrika Islam, it is recorded at Syndicate West Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Autumn 1987 – Summer 1988. While his debut album “Rhyme Pays” is still climbing the charts, Ice-T begins work on his sophomore release. Formerly a gang member and drug dealer, much like his first album, he paints vivid pictures of his former lifestyle in the lyrics of his songs, while also warning against the consequences of living a fast and violent lifestyle. A point that is misconstrued by many not looking beyond the surface, especially in songs like “High Rollers” (#9 Rap, #76 R&B), and the title track. The album attracts further controversy with its album cover art, featuring Ice-T’s then girlfriend (later ex-wife) Darlene Ortiz in a barely there white bikini, brandishing a shotgun, standing next to Ice and DJ Evil E. On the back cover, it is revealed that Ice and E are also holding guns behind their backs. In spite of the criticism, it becomes Ice-T’s biggest selling album, spinning off two singles including “I’m Your Pusher” (#13 R&B). Original US vinyl LP’s feature embossed cover graphics on the front of the jacket. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued by Rhino Records in 2014. “Power” peaks at number six on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty six on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.