King Harris II Colors His Own West Coast Reality Into An Ice-T Classic (Audio Premiere)
Oxnard, California (by way of Long Beach) MC King Harris II is gearing up for the release of his Nightmare On Wolff Street album tomorrow, on “Friday the 13th” no less. After making impactful appearances on albums by Tech N9ne and E-40, the diligent MC (who also happens to be Jay Rock’s cousin) comes correct on a full-length debut featuring Game, Stevie Stone, and Ray J. Produced and developed by Gangrene’s Oh No, this is an electrifying Gangsta Rap album from a man with a story, and years of putting in music work.
Within the 15-track LP, King Harris (who raps under his government name) joins Oh No The Disrupt for a modernized take on Ice-T’s “Colors.” The theme rap from the 1988 Dennis Hopper-directed film of the same name, this song has always stood for a tour guide through the ganglands of Southern California. Almost 30 years later, Harris honors the formula—keeping the imagery strong and the chorus in tact. Whereas Ice chronicled the bandana colors of the gangs (as portrayed in the film), King Harris opens the door to include the racial tensions plaguing cities, including the Ox’. Oh No, who has produced for Mos Def, Action Bronson, and others as of late, uses some of the Afrika Islam & Ice-produced elements from the Sire Records single.
“I always wanted to flip that beat” King relayed to Ambrosia For Heads. Colors was always one of my favorite movies; it was real in my eyes. It didn’t feel the least bit Hollywood to me. I was seeing that shit around me every day. When [Oh No] and I were making the album, I knew I wanted him to use this sample; especially with all of the racial tension that is going on [in the world]—it was perfect.”
#BonusBeat: Ice-T’s 1988 video single, “Colors”: