Spice 1 is an American rapper who is originally from Hayward, California. Rapper Too Short discovered him. He released his first single “Let it Be Known” in 1991. Spice 1 is an acronym of Sex, Pistol, Indo, Cash and Entertainment. He is one of the pioneers of Gangsta rap. His lyrics are always equipped with hard-hitting emotional street tales. Although he’s one of the biggest rappers in Gangsta rap genre, spice 1 never got his due.
Spice 1 Biography and family
Spice 1 is born as Robert Lee Green Jr. on July 2, 1970, in Corsicana, Texas, USA. His mother’s name is Jean Green-Craven. Jean is remarried to Jerry Craven after divorcing Robert’s father. Though He was born in Texas, Robert aka Spice 1 is very close to his stepfather and mother. His stepfather always refers him as his son. Young Robert always liked writing songs and rapping. He said in an interview that he decided to be a rapper at 15.
He wrote his first rhyme at the age of 14. His first single Let It Be known was released in 1991 but he didn’t receive his desired fame as the single wasn’t widely distributed. Next year, he released his first album, self-titled Spice 1. This album is regarded as one of the best rap album of all time. He was in contract with Jive records. He ended that contract in 1999 following a dispute.
Education: Spice 1 attended Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, California. While he was in school, he got into rap and released his first single. Further status of his education is unknown.
Spice 1 Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $1.4 Million US Dollars
Spice 1 has a net worth of $1.4 million US dollars as of 2017. He was in contract with Jive records from 1991 to 1999, and they released 5 albums together. After he broke his contract with Jive, he accused Jive records of giving him less money. He also accused Jive records of not promoting his albums. All of his albums with Jive were well received by the critics. He has collaborated with many artists including the legendary Tupac Shakur. He is now with Thug world music group. He makes many of his money from the album sales, shows and appearances.
Spice 1 assets
Spice 1 lives in an apartment in Bay area, California. He owned a Cadillac Escalade, in which he got shot in his chest in the year 2007. He also owns many luxurious cars.
Spice 1 Business model
His main source of income is from the albums, singles, stage shows, and appearances. With many years of experience in the music industry, he spawned his own label, Thug World Music Group. The music label stepped into this very world by launching his album with his solo Home Sweet Home.
Spice 1 debut album of his name had many uncut lyrics and unusual storyline and the world was not ready for it. But the lead single Welcome to the Ghetto was hit and because of that, the album had an RIAA gold status. Welcome to the Ghetto led Tupac Shakur to notice him. The album is now considered as a cult and one of the greatest albums of all time. His song 187 proof charted as no. 1 in the prestigious Billboard chart. He and Tupac were inseparable at that time and they collaborated on many songs. Spice 1 has 12 studio albums, 11 compilation albums, one EP and 6 charting singles. The list of his studio albums is-
• Spice 1: RIAA Gold
• 187 He Wrote: RIAA Gold
• AmeriKKKa’s Nightmare: RIAA Gold
• 1990- Sick
• The Black Bossalini
• Spiceberg Slim
• The Ridah
• Dyin’ 2 Ball
• The Truth
• Haterz Nightmare
Some of his hit songs are-
• Welcome to the Ghetto
• Fucked in the Game
• Money or Murder
• City Streets
• Dumpin’ Em in Ditches
• The Murda Show
• Strap On The Side
• Jealous Got Me Strapped
• In 2007 spice 1 was shot in his chest in front of his parent’s home.
• Spice 1 helped a family of a toddler who died from the injuries in a car crash.
Spice 1 is one of the best rappers from the bay area and one of the forefathers of Gangsta rap genera.