Judgement Day (album)

Judgement Day (album)
Judgement Day
Studio album by Esham
Released April 9, 1992
Recorded 1991-Early 1992
Genre Midwest hip hop
Label Reel Life
Producer Esham
Esham chronology
Boomin' Words from Hell
Judgement Day
KKKill the Fetus

Judgement Day is the second studio album by Esham A. Smith. Released separately in two volumes on April 9, 1992, it was the first double album in hip hop music. On June 6, 2006, a Judgement Day box set was released, containing both original volumes and previously unreleased material.



Reel Life Productions founder and Esham's brother James Smith decided that Esham should record a double album following the release of Prince's Love Symbol Album. Smith thought that if an R&B artist could record a double album, a rapper should record a double album.[1]


While the lyrical content of Judgement Day is similar to that of Esham's debut, Boomin' Words from Hell, the music features a heavier use of rock samples.[2] The album's rock-based sound influenced rap rock artists such as Kid Rock.[2]

Release history and reception

Judgement Day was hip hop's first double album,[3] released separately in two volumes, Day and Night, on April 9, 1992.[4] On June 6, 2006, a Judgement Day box set was released, featuring both original volumes remastered, two volumes of previously unreleased material, the exclusive album Martyr City, an illustrated booklet with a short autobiography written by Esham detailing the days of the original Judgement Day release as well as a background story for Martyr City, a live concert DVD, deluxe packaging and a Certificate of Authenticity.[5][6]

Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier wrote that Judgement Day, Vol. 1 "may not be his most well-crafted work, but it certainly stands as his most inspired work of the '90s",[4] while Vol. 2 "isn't quite as strong as the first volume, suffering mostly from a number of weak tracks [...] the first volume doesn't rely quite so much on cheap shock, instead focusing on evocative horror motifs, making Judgement Day, Vol. 2 the less important of the two."[4]

Track listing

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Vol. 1: 4/5 stars[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic Vol. 2 2.5/5 stars[4]


  1. ^ Death of an Indie Label - Part 2 of 5 - Esham Shockumentary. Event occurs at 1:18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6E_PopquqA. 
  2. ^ a b Hess, Mickey (2009). "Esham". Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume 1: East Coast and West Coast. ABC-CLIO. pp. 411–413. ISBN 0313343233. 
  3. ^ Smith, Esham. "Discography". Reel Life Productions. http://www.acidrap.com/eshamcatalog.html. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-hop. Backbeat Books. 2003. pp. pages 160–163. ISBN 0879307595. 
  5. ^ "The Deluxe Judgment Day Box Set - information". Reel Life Productions. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20060813121650/acidrap.com/jdayinfo.html. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ "The Deluxe Judgment Day Box Set - track listing". Reel Life Productions. Archived from the original on 2006-08-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20060813121851/acidrap.com/jdayxtra.html. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 

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