There’s some debate as to whether this album was released on 2nd October 1990 or a week prior, but at the time of writing Wikipedia is suggesting the former so we’ll go with that, making today the album’s 25th Anniversary. In the wake of NWA’s explosive debut LP in 1988, ‘89 and ‘90 saw a raft of solid Compton releases hit the shelves. Oft overlooked among them is King Tee’s ‘At Your Own Risk’, the follow up to 1988’s ‘Act a Fool’. Featuring production from frequent Ice Cube collaborator DJ Pooh and a pre-Alkaholiks E-Swift, the album carries a more light hearted feel than much of Compton’s output from the era, including the uncharacteristic New Jack Swing flavored ‘On the Dance Tip’.
The album comes in at #19 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1990 whilst ‘Ruff Rhyme’ from album (backed with ‘Played Like A Piano’ feat Ice Cube) comes in at #31 in Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles from the year. ‘Played Like A Piano’ also features on our Classic Material 1990 Mixtape.
There is currently no official stream for the album on Youtube, although a fairly reliable Youtube stream can be found here.
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