Sunday, August 31, 2008

677. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990)

Track Listing

1. Better Off Dead
2. Nigga Ya Love To Hate
3. Amerikkka's Most Wanted
4. What They Hittin Foe
5. You Can't Fade Me
6. Once Upon A Time In The Projects
7. Turn Off The Radio
8. Endangered Species
9. Gangsta's Fairytale
10. I'm Only Out For One Thang
11. Get Off My Dick And Tell Yo Bitch To Come Here
12. Drive By
13. Rollin' Wit' Tha Lench Mob
14. Who's The Mack
15. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
16. Bomb


Ahh, more West Coast hip-hop... and it really does very little for me. Still, Ice Cube did a good thing in leaving NWA as this album is actually better, it doesn't rely as much on the pure novelty value of uninterrupted cursing.

Still there is plenty here to annoy, the constant and quite violent misogeny is one of them. You Can't Fade Me is quite a disgusting track, kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach because you don't want to have a kid is never nice.

That said the album starts pretty well, after the first track which is basically a intro the two tracks that follow are pretty great, but it soon starts feeling samey and never reaches the same heights as the beginning of the album. Oh well.

Track Highlights

1. The Nigga You Love to Hate
2. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
3. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
4. A Gangsta's Fairytale

Final Grade



In an interview with Cooleh Magazine, producer Hank Shocklee had this to say in regards to Ice Cube's approach to creating the album:

Cube contacted me wanting to know if we could do a few tracks for his solo album after the whole NWA thing came to what it was and I was like, I’ll do it if I can do the whole album. And he said, "that’s what I was hoping you would say." And when we were in the studio he showed up with notebooks and notebooks full of new rhymes, a bag full of rhymebooks. The reason why I liked Ice Cube was Ice Cube’s viewpoint was a lot more dangerous, even more than what I was used to with Chuck and P.E.. He came from the school of "tell a nigga like it is and not give a fuck" and his "not give a fuck" was so ecstatic, so real, so concentrated that it was like wow!

The Nigga You Love To Hate:

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