Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
It's true that Cube's third solo album lacked the righteous fury and sonic assault of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and the visionary social scope of Death Certificate, but calling it his third-best album is hardly a consolation... more »
It's true that Cube's third solo album lacked the righteous fury and sonic assault of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and the visionary social scope of Death Certificate, but calling it his third-best album is hardly a consolation prize. It remains the last great album that Cube released before giving in to his gangsta-god complex on later efforts. From a political point of view, Cube doesn't bring a whole lot of new ideas to the plate, but musically the album sounds as good as ever with its dark and aggressive beats. Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs lays down some thick, rolling bass lines for "We Had to Tear This Muthaf---er Up," while DJ Pooh jacks a smooth '70s soul loop from the Isley Brothers for "It Was a Good Day," leaving Cube himself to handle the beats on songs such as "When Will They Shoot," with its stomping beat and flinty edge. --Oliver Wang
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This is it!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to know what there is to like about gangsta rap in general and Ice Cube in particular, get this album and DEATH CERTIFICATE. Political anger and a restless urge to open some eyes power this album. Ice Cube the producer is at his creative best here formally on tracks like "I'm Scared", "---- 'Em" and "The Predator". But more than anything else it's his work as a lyricist that makes this album. He paints the brutality and fear of the gangsta life in tracks like "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha" and "It Was a Good Day". He invokes the fear and helpless rage directed against the white community in general and police in particular, in tracks like "When Will They Shoot?", "We Had to Tear This Motha----- Up" and "Who Got the Camera?" He makes you understand where the shot is coming from when it's finally fired in "Say Hi to the Bad Guy". Whether you agree with his views or not, after hearing this album you will have to leave room for them. More than that, most of these tracks are incredibly entertaining - you'll find yourself chanting the lyrics along with him. Classic songs, these will get in your head and stay there."
Old Schol Ice Cube = Classic
Mr Joshua | Winston Salem NC | 08/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ice Cube must be given credit for being one of the founders of this art of hiphop. Ice Cube today makes garbage material music. He should stick to acting these days, but when you go back in the day, Cube was puttin out classic tracks and albums. The Predator is one of them. Probably his best and most original. This album is what really introducted Cube with the mainstream audience. "It Was A Good Day" is an all time hiphop classic. Wicked is a sick track also that caught hiphop fans attention.The others tracks are worthy old school Cube material. I would urge anyone who loves the art of hiphop and doesnt have this classic to pick this up."
One of the best of Cube
Bruce Scobie | Houston, TX USA | 12/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Without a doubt, this is Cube at his finest. Perhaps not as fresh as his just-post-NWA albums - but the sound, feel, and the layout fit the best of anything I have seen from him before or after this piece. This was the only album of his that I enjoyed enough to listen to EVERY track - not once, but again and again. Cube's feelings appear much the same, but his lyrics are new on this album, too, something which seems to be lacking on later releases. All the tracks here hit hard, with the rage you expect from an album released soon after the Rodney King riots, but with just enough levity (Gangsta Fairytale 2) and positive outlook (It Was a Good Day) to prevent a complete "social injustice overload." Ice Cube was not afraid to be crystal clear about his opinions and even his personal life on this album, either - and much of what he says is just as relavent now as it was almost 10 years ago when this was first released. If you like Ice Cube, and you don't have 'Predator' - make sure to pick it up."