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AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Ice Cube

1990

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Album Summary

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is the debut studio album by American rapper Ice Cube, released on May 16, 1990, by Priority Records. It was his first solo album, after an acrimonious split from his former group N.W.A. The album was primarily produced by Public Enemy's production team The Bomb Squad. A critical and commercial success, it remains one of the defining hip hop albums of the 1990s.

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3.05

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

It's not my favorite flavor of hiphop but this album is solid. I mean, Ice Cube has always been ready to get up in faces and speak hard truths. That is very much on display here. Commentary on race, violence, inequality, culture, etc. is delivered with agressive poeticism. The biggest issue is that the beats are hella dated. SUPER dated. A related issue is that every track sounds so similar to the last that that my ears are worn out by track four.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

When Ice Cube split from N.W.A after the group's seminal Straight Outta Compton album changed the world forever, expectations were high, too high to ever be met by anyone but the most talented of artists, and at his most inspired. At the time Cube was just that. With AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted the rapper expanded upon Compton, making a more full-bodied album that helped boost the role of the individual in hip-hop. Save the dramatic intro where a mythical Ice Cube is fried in the electric chair, his debut is filled with eye-level views of the inner city that are always vivid, generally frightening, generally personal, and sometimes humorous in the gallows style. Ripping it quickly over a loop from George Clinton's "Atomic Dog," Cube asks the question that would be central to his early career, "Why there more niggas in the pen than in college?," while sticking with the mutual distrust and scare tactics N.W.A used to wipe away any hopes of reconciliation ("They all scared of the Ice Cube/And what I say what I portray and all that/And ain't even seen the gat"). "What I'm kicking to you won't get rotation/Nowhere in the nation" he spits on the classic "Turn Off the Radio," which when coupled with the intoxicating Bomb Squad production and Cube's cocksure delivery that's just below a shout, makes one think he's the only radio the inner city needs. The Bomb Squad's amazing work on the album proves they've been overly associated with Public Enemy, since their ability to adapt to AmeriKKKa's more violent and quick revolution is underappreciated. Their high point is the intense "Endangered Species," a "live by the trigger" song that offers "It's a shame, that niggas die young/But to the light side it don't matter none." This street knowledge venom with ultra fast funk works splendidly throughout the album, with every track hitting home, although the joyless "You Can't Fade Me" has alienated many a listener since kicking a possibly pregnant woman in the stomach is a very hard one to take. Just to be as confusing as the world he lives in, the supposedly misogynistic Cube introduces female protégé Yo-Yo with "It's a Man's World" before exiting with "The Bomb," a perfectly unforgiving and visceral closer. Save a couple Arsenio Hall disses, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is a timeless, riveting exercise in anger, honesty, and the sociopolitical possibilities of hip-hop.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

“Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” by Ice Cube (1990) I’m marginally familiar with this artist and lyrics (Ice Cube: “political hip hop” [TAR, 416]), especially “The Nigga You Love to Hate” and “This Is a Man’s World”. Most people are not consistently aware of the fact that socio-political propaganda has two dimensions. First, obviously, propaganda includes the promotion of set of views, which may or may not involve deception. But there is a second, more hidden dimension in which propaganda seeks to employ devices of socio-political power to downplay, distort, demean, or deny a voice to the views of others. The first dimension can be simply recognized as free speech (or advertising). But it is the second dimension that should be the focus of our analysis. Ice Cube’s lyrics, to state the obvious, are intentionally and self consciously angry, shocking, and offensive—entertainingly so. For this dimension of Ice Cube’s propagated views he gets five stars. Without question this album is a well executed, innovative, influential, and well performed expression of socio-political sentiment. Good poetry, vocals, production values, which still, 30 years later, have a solid fundamental appeal. Excellent listening experience. On the other hand (second dimension), these lyrics scare white people. They should. They are intended to. And apart from the fact that some racially aware white people (I’d like to think I’m one of them) feel guilty about how white people treated black people for at least the past 400 years, artists like Ice Cube have, using the second dimension referred to above, learned how to effectively tell white people to STFU. Out of unironically serious respect to the artistic integrity of this artist and album, therefore, I will. 3/5

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Not bad, but the misogyny is... a bit much. I get that this is the 'brand', but in my opinion it's hypocritical and undermines the message of the rest of the album. How can you critique the oppression of black people and at the same time promote the oppression of women? (I feel the same when it's the other way around, which also happens way too often, but that's a different story). Still gets 2 stars for the political songs.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
1

It does what it does well, but my patience with that level of unashamed misogyny these days is pretty much non-existent. Good delivery, sickening content.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

+1 stars for misogyny

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Has aged very poorly

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Sun Aug 08 2021
2

J'ai trouvé le texte de l'album très riche, je vous le joins dans sa totalité ci-dessous : ♫ Boom, bap, boom, bap n-word, fuck, drugs, gang !! Boom bap bap boom, encore n-word, fuck, de nouveau le n-word !! Boom bap motherfuck et revoilà le fameux n-word accompagné du mot fuck... Encore !? Un n-word de plus mon gars et bah ouais, l'album dure une heure, fuck motherfuck bam boop, n-word comme par hasard et m-word maintenant pourquoi pas, gun, fuck ! Gang ! C'est tout pour moi je m'appelle Ice Cube !♫

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Not my thing personally. I can see why it's so influential, but probably agree with the original Rolling Stone review - "The relentless profanity grows wearisome, the Bomb Squad beats lose steam, and Cube's attitudes toward women are simply despicable."

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Love this album. Social commentary, great tracks from start to end, and one that deserves a listen straight through.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

One of my favorite rap albums of all time. Bangers from start to finish.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

18. Nunca quis ser mais alto, maisrápidomaisFORTE. Vivo p'ra cair na merda, tipo Vítor Norte. MotA: Endangered Species "Was America willing to maintain order... No matter what the cost?"

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Interesting to think that this album could have been produced by Dre. I think this album benefits a lot from the East Coast style production combined with Ice Cube's West Coast rap style. Every song is good, with Cube alternating between Cube attacking the beat and smoothly following behind it. The pervasive funk samples on this album really make it a breeze to listen to 4/5

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

After the first couple of tracks I worried this would feel samey. Wrong. Deep grooves in the samples, Cube's in-your-face delivery and a dollop of humour and self-awareness made for a very enjoyable listen.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

When you think of Ice Cube over the past few years, you think of movies like Ride Along, Barbershop and other somewhat wholesome offerings. This album, and specifically the lyrics, is a bit of a contrast to that. The beats are funky. More funky than I remembered, to be honest. Most "gansta rap" of this era was a bit more raw and gritty, but is a bit more polished and, well, funky. This album also wears it's Public Enemy ties and Parliament Funkadelic influence on it's sleeve, featuring Public Enemy's production teams, The Bomb Squad/Da Lench Mob, as well as appearances from Chuck D and Flava Flav. This is most definitely a west coast rap album, with skits between songs, racial and misogynistic lyrics in full effect and a slathering of political ranting. Some of the themes still ring true today, while others are definitely from a bygone era (this album actually turns 31 in 4 days, so...yeah.) One thing is for sure...this is still a damn good record, regardless.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

A great hip-hop album. At times the songs feel like they can blend together and that might have to do with the beat, but I have no real complaints about that. Ice Cube has some important things to say, and they're still relevant to this day.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

A powerful and angry hip-hop album that established the genre's footing in the industry. Ice Cube's debut is for sure my favorite after Death Certificate and for a very good reason. He's let out his anger at injustice and top lyrical ideas into one compact album. Ice Cube is a lyrical genius, who's storytelling skills draws you into the setting and mood, while also conveying the underlying message. This is best demonstrated in "The Nigga Ya...", "AmeriKKKa's...", and "Once Upon a Time...". I also love how he incorporates humor and imagination, as in "You Can't Fade Me" and "A Gangsta's Fairytale." And then there's the Bomb Squad production which serves to reinforce and complement the power of Ice Cube's messages. It's reminiscent of what made Public Enemy so special. I did feel the second side was weaker than the first, but still amazing tracks one after the other.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

After NWA, Ice Cube showed he could still deliver with a strong debut solo album. There's no doubt that The Lench Mob brings a-game production for the album, but it's Ice Cube's attitude and lyricism that really cements this as a hardcore hiphop album for all time. NWA deserves praise on their own, of course, but Ice Cube clearly did well for himself after the group. I'll say that the first half of songs are better than second half, but the whole thing is still cool af.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Ice Cube is a talent. His career is a marvel. He's part of NWA and also a children's movie icon. He can do it all. The misogamy in this genre does not age well, not that it was ok then. What Cube does though is create a persona that allows him to dip in and out of otherwise increasingly wicked ideas and statements. Performance is the key. And he is able to build up commentary on race, society, culture, and the industry. This is an incredible debut for a Ice Cube as well. His role in NWA was huge and then he was able to jump out and put this together.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Solid west coast rap. The rhythm section on this album really stands out with classic soul and funk lines. Overall this album is very well balanced. My biggest issue is the portrayal of women in this album though Yo-Yo’s inclusion is a good counterbalance to his misogyny. Ice Cube’s flow is good with moments that break out of contemporary patterns and anticipate the more creative rapping to come

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

It's not my favourite genre in hip hop, but this album is solid. Ice Cube speaks hard truths. That's very evident here. Comments on race, violence, inequality, culture, etc. are delivered with aggressive poetry. (7/10) FT: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

This album is basically an opener of what the hip hop of the 1990s would be like. Groups like Public Enemy and N.W.A opened the way, in the late 1980s, for rappers to take the spotlight in the next decade. In this sense, this first Ice Cube effort goes everywhere, but finds things to say in every corner it touches. Great lyrics, beats and samples overall. Songs that are more political and have social commentary are the highlights, like "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" and "Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)", but the rawness of "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate" is also very interesting.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Ice cube at the height of his powers in terms of lyrical content. You can literally see the birthing pains of gangsta rap. His subject is the oppression of African Americans and the weight of the system. But is also outrageously misogynistic and a bit hung ho. Would probably be quite tame by later standards and still has some meangingful politics in there. He is a splendid rapper mind and the tunes are quality bass heavy hip hop from it's golden years.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Too much Ice, not enough to drink. Honestly, I appreciate this album more than I like it; it’s a landmark for sure, and songs like Once Upon a Time in the Projects and It’s a Man’s World bump so fucking hard. But Ice Cubes flow get old pretty fast without the rest of NWA to back him up. The mostly unremarkable beats certainly don’t help, either. It has some great stuff, but it is too bloated for his charisma to carry it alone.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Good flow, but I couldn't make it through the violent/sexist/explicit tracks. Big yikes!

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Good continuity, solid beats, but gets monotonous, plus increasingly misogynist and trite.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

Production and assembly is great, and it's a (rightly) angry album, but the shameless sexism is not a good look now.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
1

I love hip-hop, but I don't generally fuck with gangsta rubbish. NWA's Straight Outta Compton is one exception, so let's see if Ice Cube's solo stuff will click.... No. It's shit. Production is pretty catchy, but repetitive, and full of irritating skits with unfunny jokes. Ice Cube's flow and delivewry are alright. Lyrics are the usual misogynistic rubbish about kicking pregnant women in the stomach and so forth. Man, he really likes talking about his dick. What artistry. Yeah, we could say it's raw and aggressive because it's the art of the disenfranchised urban poor. But let's all remember that this style of hip-hop was successful throughout the 1990s because largely white audiences lapped up increasingly extreme stereotypes of the exoticised African-American man, like a modern and aggressive version of minstrelsy. I will defend hip-hop as a genre, but this is crap. "Endangered Species" featuring Chuck D is tolerable, though it's offset by a shitty Flavor Flav appearance later. To be clear, I don't need my hip-hop to be sanitised. But it needs to have something (anything) that lifts it above the level of hateful hyper-masculine posturing. 1/5 To end on a positive note, here's a great hip-hop album from 1990 that should be on the list: Master Ace - Take A Look Around (1990)

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Sun Aug 01 2021
1

One star for excessive language & disrespect to women. The music etc was just ok for me as well. Don't get me wrong I love rap, hip-hop etc, but only if it is good. This was NOT good.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

Good beats, but much weaker than The Predator. Lyrical content is just terrible, with the social messages overshadowed by one-note misogyny

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Sat May 21 2022
1

I’m giving this one star because of the misogynistic lyrics and general tone which has dated really badly. If we are rightly holding TV from the 50s and 60s accountable for its obvious racism then we have to also hold early rap accountable for its horrendous sexism.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

pretty damn good this is real rap

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

I loved this album. However, it was really disheartening to hear how little progress we've made in the country with the same issues from this album in '90 still being very prevalent today.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

He's a badass, and so is this album

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Unreal how good this is

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

A classic, perfect for riding with the top down. Public Enemy production with a Chronic feel. Ice Cube is a legend

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Han har oändlig karisma på denna skiva... ett av de aggressivaste, smartaste och roliga hiphop-albumen någonsin.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

This is my definition of perfect hip hop production. Punchy, funky to the point and very quick. Obligatory problematic content disclaimer that is common of (almost) all 90s releases.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Classic

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Wow. This is just pure energy. Everything I like about hip-hop and more. Ice Cube really was at the top of his game here and the soul funk beats are just sublime. A word on the album’s misogyny. It’s a bit of a commonplace to diagnose this symptom in hip hop, but interestingly while “You Can’t Fade Me” unquestionably leaves a bad taste in the mouth, it exists in this strange tension alongside “It’s a Man’s World” towards the end of the album. That is truly the kind of confrontational paradox that this genre often avoids. In a word: masterpiece.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

This album is such a great listen and can continually listen to over and over.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

it’s a legendary album for a reason. it does have some of the misogyny 90s hip hop is famous for, but it’s also the best album from one of the best artists of all time.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

Another long overdue introduction to a hip hop legend. This album has aged beautifully. Ice Cube is not trying to be cute or too clever with the lyrics. It’s straight ahead hip hop that’s well produced with good lyrics. It’s really a wonderful album to listen to. It’s a man’s world is an interesting subversion and dismissal of the misogyny trope, I’m here for it.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

Ice Cube leaves NWA and follows up with a great album and then influenced the genre again. I had not heard this full album before just a couple of songs. Not all the songs are Ice Cube rapping at a faster pace and being angry. A couple of the songs have a mellower beat. It is a different change of pace. Lyrically Ice Cube continues to address social and political issues in his unique way. Also the skits are unnecessary but those are on most rap albums. i enjoyed the album and I would listen to it again.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

I remember this being fire

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Classic rap album.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

wish i had been into this at the time

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Sadly, this is still relevant.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

West coast is heavy in this one

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Really excellent. I had no preconceived relationship with Ice and this was a great surprise.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

always liked cube, plus chuck d and flav are an awesome surprise - wasn't expecting to see them here

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Heat, anthems, BLM end of black history month iconic end 3.9

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

I’m basically hip-hop illiterate. But this was much better than I expected! Plus, I once saw Ice Cube shooting basketball at some corporate event on the Fox lot. That’s gotta count for at least a star.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Loved all the beats and samples lyrics really not for me.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Dit is voor mij echt jeugdsentiment. Eerste gangstarap plaat die ik luisterde. Echt een goede flow die gast, vette groove en toffe samples. Vooral die 1e track is een van de beste raptracks die ik ken.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Heel cool! Kende 't eigenlijk niet echt, maar echt goed.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Much funkier than I expected. More interesting than NWA.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Cool hip-hop album. Cube went hard back in the day.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

A good listen to old school rap. A lot of the themes in the songs resonate to today's climate in the USA. Best: The N***a Ya Love to Hate, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, It's a Man's World Worst: Who's The Mack?, Get Off My D**k and Tell Yo B***h to Come Here

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The nigga you love to hate,

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

legend of the game

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

יס

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Ice Cube is a legend, and proves that he is the key player in NWA with this album

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Nije se morao dokazivati, ali opet za početak solo karijere je morao drito u meso. Nakon odjeba N. W. A., krenuo je u solo vode i to mu je bio najbolji potez, pogotovo što se tiče 90ih. Ovaj album mu je možda čak i najbolji, iako ima još 2 albuma koja su jako blizu kvaliteti kao što ovaj album donosi, a to su Death Certificate i The Predator, iako se lako može i Lethal Injection ubaciti. Ovdje je gladan kao ja nedjeljom kad se ručak pojede, pa moram ćevape naručit navečer.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Really strong but gets kind of one-note towards the end for me

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

First time hearing this. Really liked it.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

This album is definitely not for middle class mom's. Classic Ice Cube.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Just don't really connect with the source material, but good execution of an older style of hip hop.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Loved to hate Ice Cube before. This was the first time I ever actually listened to his music, surprisingly nice

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Iconic sound of the 90s.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Really inventive, very of its time, very interesting

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Here for it

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

I really liked Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A., but I am not a huge rap fan. I have to say I really liked this album. Hard to believe this man would go on to star in Disney family movies. Favorite song Gangsta's Fairytale.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Shit goes hard Prefs: The Nigga You Love To Hate, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Once Upon a Time in the Projects, I'm Only Out For One Thang, It's a Man's World, The Bomb Moins pref: You Can't Fade Me/JD's Gaffilin

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Iconic sound that's making a comeback right now. Can't deny the cultural phenom that was and is Ice Cube.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Bright me back to one of the hardest times in my life and reminded me of the music I listened to to express the rage.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

a great album if you don't actually listen to it

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Fork, fork, forkity fork. Guns. Fork.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Setting aside the rampant misogyny, this is a great album. A fair amount of that credit must go to The Bomb Squad - the production is top notch and the beats infectious. Ice Cube's delivery is relentless and he carries on very much in the same vein as during his time in NWA - though perhaps even more extreme. Reckon I will be coming back to this one.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Gooooooood

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I am not familiar with ICE CUBE or his debut album AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED. I am not a fan of hip hop / rap. The only artist that I have listened to and liked is PUBLIC ENEMY. After listening to AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED, I enjoyed this style of hip hop. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, ICE CUBE - AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED Is joined by the subsequent album: THE PREDATOR (1992) Rate Artist: ICE CUBE (4.5) Rate Album (Year): AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED (US 1990 Original) (4.5) Rate Album (Year): AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED (US 20xx Reissue (xx Bonus)) (4.5) Ranking of ICE CUBE - AMERIKKKA’S MOST WANTED songs No. Title Length Ranking 01. Better Off Dead 1:03 09.0/10 02. The Nigga You Love To Hate 3:13 10.0/10 03. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted 4:08 09.0/10 04. What They Hittin' Foe? 1:22 08.0/10 05.1 You Can't Fade Me 4:43 08.0/10 05.2 JD's Gafflin' 0:29 05.0/10 06. Once Upon A Time In The Projects 3:41 10.0/10 07. Turn Off The Radio 2:37 09.0/10 08. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) 3:21 09.0/10 09. A Gangsta's Fairytale 3:16 10.0/10 10. I'm Only Out For One Thang 2:10 09.0/10 11. Get Off My Dick And Tell Yo Bitch To Come Here 0:56 08.0/10 12. The Drive-By 1:01 09.0/10 13. Rollin' Wit The Lench Mob 3:43 10.0/10 14. Who's The Mack? 4:35 10.0/10 15. It's A Man's World 5:26 10.0/10 16. The Bomb 3:25 09.0/10 US 1990 Original Release 152.0/170 = 8.94 / 2 = 4.47 Bonus EP: Kill At Will 17. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) (Remix) 4:10 10.0/10 18. Jackin' For Beats 2:57 10.0/10 19. Get Off My Dick And Tell Yo Bitch To Come Here (Remix) 3:38 09.0/10 20. The Product 3:35 10.0/10 21. Dead Homiez 3:55 10.0/10 22. JD's Gafflin' (Part 2) 0:32 08.0/10 23. I Gotta Say What Up!!! 3:08 08.0/10 US 2003 Reissue (7 Bonus) Release 217.0/240 = 9.04 / 2 = 4.52

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

I do have a soft spot for this hard gangsta rap lol but by the 17 song I started to get a little tired, it is good and goes hard all way long tho those beats and bars are fire

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Cube’s got rhymes for days, with nice production from bomb squad - classic samples but less messy than Public Enemy stuff. His delivery is good but having Chuck D feature on there makes him sound a little tame by comparison. The flow is pretty basic, but hey it’s 1990. Decent album but not an all time classic for me.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

pretty fun rap 7/10

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Yeah, I very much like this sort of stuff

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

This is perfect timing. Just got done listening to a tribe called quest and now this. Just starting to get into 90s hip hop and this is definitely a banger!

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

I appreciate this for what it is, but I don't like it as much as other East Coast stuff from the same time

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Cut & paste text to be used to summarise most hip-hop albums on this list: Too long, too many songs, too many skit-bits. but when it's good, it's really good

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

he really didn't want to have a baby with that lady. very good listen, but the lyrical content isn't for me which makes me feel like a fraud for nodding along to ice cube banging on about murder and misogyny. if i don't listen to the words its great, but once i hear what they're talking about it starkly reminds me that my life couldn't be any further form that stuff even if i tried. i struggle with gangster rap in general as its songs about things that i either have no reference for or glamourising attitudes and behavior that i don't agree with.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

very good flow. great beats. some problematic lyrics by today's standards

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I can see why it’s a classic of it’s genre

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

hype. and kind scary at moments.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

A great album but definitely a product of its time

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Good

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Tekstene er drøye og produksjonene høres veldig gammeldags/naive ut, men koste meg med denne.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Big bounce, liked it a lot, pas mal old school and it does it well ! Also ça groove a max sur les prod

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Beats by the bomb squad are great, the skits add to the great flow Ice Cube has. Lyrically the stories are harsh and dark making it difficult for some to listen to but give the album its rawness

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

West Coast Hip Hop Gangsta Rap Favs: - The N Ya Love to Hate - A Gangsta’s Fairytale 7/10: This was a good West Coast album, but sounded just a little repetitive after a while.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

It's difficult to offer a decent take on this album. On the one hand, it's absolutely piggin' great. On the other hand, it is tied to its time in a way that becomes rapidly uncomfortable. I was really pleased to hear Yo-Yo contributing to "it's a man's world", which goes a little way to showing that Cube knows his brand of misogynistic rap is "a bit much" but does it make up for the juvenile attitude of the rest of the album? Yeah, naw. I appreciate that Cube is a parody of himself and of the genre, but its not explicit enough to not be seen as genuine. He is bloody good though.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

4.0

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

ok

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Wed Sep 02 2020
3

50 minutes of classic hip-hop. Great sampling. Occasional mediocre songs, usually a track is great with brilliant elements throughout. Rivals Ill Communication, giving it a 3/5 instead a 4/5 because I think 3/5 is the true rating for both this and Ill Communication, would rather prefer to give it a 70-75/100.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
3

There are times in this album when Cube goes off, and there are times when he settles into his slower delivery with lazy rhymes. He should have kept this thing to 45 minutes and cut out the corny fairy tale allusions. Best track: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Not really my thing, doesn't really hold up compared to other classics or more modern rap

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

p aggressive - C

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

My knowledge on hip hop in general isn't strong, less so gangsta rap, even so it's obvious the relevance of this has only increased over time.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Groundbreaking but not my Favorite of his.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

A snapshot of racial tension in gangsta rap. Not my favorite Ice Cube album.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I really enjoyed my listen, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Although I’m not sure that I’ll be going back to the album anytime soon. Not my genre sadly

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

The album offers great historic context. Ice Cube does a great job. His voice is so cool and the songs are fun. Lacks strong singles and the run time is a bit long.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Really gritty album but great. Love Ice Cube. 7/10.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
3

5.5

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Quite enjoyed this without relating to a single word of it. White Privilege FTW.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Not bad, not as good as NWA

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

Fijner dan andere rap die we tot nu toe gehoord hebben, maar de pistoolschoten en het ‘nigger’ komen nu m’n neus wel uit.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

De sound van de nummers die ook daadwerkelijk nummers zijn vind ik wel tof, maar dat oeverloze geleuter en geroep tussen de tracks door is zoooo vermoeiend en saai. *pang* *pang* ik ben stoer!

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

3.5/5 it might be good, i'll have to listen to it again

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

I admit, I didn't want to listen to it at first. But I was actually very positively surprised and enjoyed it more than I was annoyed by it. That's saying a lot for a rap album. Would like to rate 3.5. Rounded down instead of up for the casual sexism.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

"Ice cube the bitch killer"

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Eh

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Classic album, still relevant today

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

One of my favorite Ice Cube joints 😊 I only like one or two songs overall it left me feeling angry.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

The frustration and urge to say “fuck that shit” at being told to be a model minority is something that hits home. “If you just stopped being angry/in your face/flaming/etc.” is bullshit and it’s nice to hear it called out. At the same time, isn’t all this posturing to prove how OG you are the same as white hipsters or nerds or whatever proving they’re “real” in whatever way? It takes some skill to make the simple flow of early 90s rap interesting. Also, misogyny, but obviously. Favourite track: “Turn off the Radio.”

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

-The vast majority has a flow that you would expect from Ice Cube -I like the general concept/story through the album -Favorite Track is "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" -It might be a 4 but nothing really stood out to draw me back for another listen

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Young, angry Ice Cube. Nice!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

I love the sociopolitical focus. I am not a fan of the misogyny. I really found myself grooving along to the beats and samples. 3.5, almost 4.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

It was quite good but got a bit bored towards the end

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

I liked the tracks at the start. The later tracks were ok, but a poco loco

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

Je remarque avec surprise que les likes diminuent sur mes reviews en ce moment. Je m'attèle à vous proposer du contenu de qualité, il s'agirait de s'en rendre compte et de rapidement se ressaisir, sans quoi je devrais sévir.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Not bad, although was kind of boring

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

I can appreciate this album for what it did in bringing racism, both systematically and individually, and the attitudes about rap, impoverished individuals and urban culture to the forefront. However, I can't really get past the blatant sexism that Ice glorifies. "It's A Man's World" tries to make a light and parody those attitudes, but it just comes off as a cringy and thoughtless attempt. Music becomes a timestamp of the attitudes surrounding it, and this record definitely personifies that. The sexism didn't age well, but it certainly is relevant in the same racist issues America still has today. Beyond that, the music is brilliant. It's not my style or preference in rap, but I can appreciate it for what it is. You can see that Ice Cube was really the driving force in N.W.A because these songs hold up pretty well against that content. He's his same aggressive, in-your-face narrator that wants you to feel his anger. Favorite Song: A Gangsta's Fairytale Least Favorite Song: It's A Man's World

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Musically, this is nice and angry. That being said, there are least a few songs on it that I feel weird about having the titles for pop up on my Spotify.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

ЧТО: Дебютник О’Ши Джексона, более известного под псевдонимом Ice Cube, выпущенный в 1990 году после ухода Кьюба из легендарной группы N.W.A. Классический хип-хоп из 1990-х. И текстово, и музыкально альбом наследует традиции предыдущих поколений развития жанра и использует их для создания новой классики. В этом, как мне кажется, невероятная сила этой культуры - в уважении и бережном отношении к своим корням. Сразу оговорюсь, что мне трудно писать о хип-хоп музыке. Мне до конца не осмыслить данную пластинку. Это не мой культурный код, но моя сфера интересов. Так что здесь будет исключительно объективный анализ из вне, построенный на человеческой логике, одинаковой для белых и чёрных. Only facts. КАКОЙ: Бумбэп во всей своей красе. Альбом состоит из, если можно так выразиться, качевых ударных партий, сэмплов из фанка и соула и агрессивной читки Кьюба. Как известно, в каждом таком альбоме огромное количество отсылок к поп культуре. Но не мне их искать. Скажу только, что настроение альбома можно описать как «straight outta Compton”. Альбом начинается с интерлюдии - диалоге приговорённого к смерти на электрическом стуле со своим палачом. Это иллюстрирует все эмоциональное наполнение альбома. О ЧЕМ: Темы текстов классические для хип-хопа 1990-х, да и в принципе для хип-хопа. Трудности жизни чёрного человека в Америке, существование в тяжелых условиях гетто - все это отражается в агрессивности подачи и лирики. Кроме того, Кьюб демонстрирует своё мастерство МС, что логично после его ухода из N.W.A. и нападок со стороны коллег по цеху и СМИ. Повторюсь, что мне трудно осознавать посыл таких альбомов, но тем не менее можно сказать, что тексты охватывают набор важных (и обязательных для жанра) концептов, связанных с самолюбованием, криминалом, уличной жизнью и разборками разного рода, успех в которых доказывает обеспечивает kind of street credibility. ИТОГ: Хорошая музыка и классические жанровые тексты. Для меня некоторые биты (в частности на указанных ниже песнях) являются образцовыми. Хотя альбом и не в моем культурном коде, но я уверен, что я не заброшу его сразу после прослушивания, а сохраню для прослушивания в определенные моменты жизни. Альбом безусловно повлиял на развитие хх на западном побережье, в целом в Америке да и во всем мире. Пластинка по праву располагается в ряду важнейших хх альбомов 90-х. ЛУЧШИЕ ПЕСНИ: The N**a Ya Love To Hate, A Gangsta’s Fairytale, Once Upon A Time In The Projects.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
3

the beats and editing was solid, each song opening is very exciting, but I found myself bored thirty seconds into most tracks

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

I like to listen to the 1001 offerings twice to make sure I didn't miss any nuances the first time through. With this album, I'm pretty sure there were no nuances to miss. It's about as subtle as a brick that hits you in the head. His Fuck You voice really suits the gangster rap genre. He has some important messages and delivers them in a way that leaves little doubt about what the message is. His delivery style does make it hard to play the album when company is over or children are within earshot. I suppose my children and dinner guests tonight were not his target market anyway. Oh well, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
3

Pew pew

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

The issue with this album is it is so samey throughout. While Cube is the fundamental piece that makes NWA work, the other members are so fundamental to the attractiveness of the group due to the diversity of sound. That is what is lacking on a solo Cube project. The only reprieve was found in the occasional features which spiced things up.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

He’s got a dope sound and a fierce energy. Just not my type of music.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Von der Musik her nicht schlecht, wenn sich auch später viel ähnlich klingt. Von den Texten sind manche noch aktuell, manche definitiv nicht.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Ice Cube sounds pretty west coast, and I guess I prefer east coast. Not a bad album, but not very catchy either.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

I think this isn't for me, but I can see why it is so highly regarded. The production is absolutely ace.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Ice Cubes debut doesn’t have a lot of memorable music. Lyrics feel outdated, but understand how it drive the narrative of rap in the early 90’s

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

I got the importance of this album for modern hip-hop and its songs are really cool. A little bit repetitive, but still cool!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

The genre of “gangsta rap” was one I was never dove head first into. When I was younger, NWA, Dre, Snoop, Eazy-E were all finding their footing in the world of music and Ice Cube wasn’t someone whose catalog I had any desire to check out. I had my fill on some of the music made by the aforementioned artists, so Cube fell by the wayside. I’d always meant to get around to his stuff, but never found the time. In listening to this, I can see the appeal. It’s catchy, the rhymes are borderline ridiculous at times, but what do you expect? It was hard hitting, it was original, it was what I expected but it never wowed me.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

I have mixed feelings on this album - and on basically all releases from NWA and its former members really. It's an important album in the evolution of the genre and it certainly has its strong points, but there's also a lot about it that hasn't aged well at all. I'm not going to make a whole point-by-point dissertation... I think this ranks as a medium three and that's about it. It doesn't really need more said about it than that.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Overall a classic. I enjoyed the skits and samples, even when they skewed a bit silly. The one-note misogyny interfered with some of the other commentary for me, though. I also had a hard time differentiating a lot of the songs.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Tough as nails inner city portrait - very often threading misogyny but at the same time ground breaking in terms of enlightenment for 1990. Does not let up for a minute - Ice Cube really brings out the words and paints hugely vivid images of gangbanging life

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Listening to the lyrics I thought made it was trying to address misogyny, but the whole attitude of the album seemed to be in a tone of gangster rap, so I was confused. Like when people go to the opera to see La Boheme dealing with issues of poverty.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

A man with a message, although it's a mixed one. Is he being ironic or a hypocrite? Who knows. The whole stick it to the (white) man/break down the system gets a bit tiresome after a while. The music is OK and he's a decent rapper so I'm gonna stick my vote on the fence in the middle cos the jury is out. Hope that's OK with you IC?

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Listened to on 3/8/22 2.5/5 Favorite song: You can’t fade me Genuinely liked this more than I thought I would but the explicit lyrics were a bit excessive in some of the songs - the social commentary on race in America and the integration of radio/quotes were 10/10 though

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

"Mediocre beats will work if they're loud enough." -the golden rule of gangsta rap, probably

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Definitely ice cube

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

ganska bra men jag upplevde det som lite töntigt emellanåt

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Ice Cube's expression on this album cover mirrors my feelings on finding out that (after a couple of weeks of mostly dross) I now have to listen to an Ice Cube album. It turns out that my incredulous miffment was ill founded. I quite enjoyed this record. It seemed bouncy and energetic. I got the sense that the lyrical content may have been rude/offensive, but wasn't really taking it in. 3/5

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Ice Cube turns out not to be a joke act after all.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Great album from the star of Are We There Yet?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

I was kind of surprised that I did enjoy this. There isn't as much variety in the beats as you hear in more recent rap but you can't deny that Ice Cube is a really excellent storyteller

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Enjoyable sound albeit repetetive to it’s detriment. The track ”Can’t fade me” sticks out for it’s misogyny but what he says on ”Who’s The Mack?” and the framing of ”It’s a Man’s World” makes me believe that he think he was aware of how it came off when he wrote it. The question then becomes why write it at all?

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Snälla ice cube… var int så aggressiv… ja blir skrämd :(

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

It was fine

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Wed May 04 2022
3

very listenable but nowhere near as creative as Dr Dre or others of the same period

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Thu May 12 2022
3

this album melted me

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Nog steeds is rap niet mijn ding. Maar ik kon dit album luisteren zonder gefrustreerd te raken

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Fri May 20 2022
3

A lot of misogyny in here but also a lyrical slice of life.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Best Song: The Nigga Ya Love to Hate. Such a groovy blastoff into this album, that still hits hard lyrically despite being so upbeat musically. Worst Song: I'm Only Out For One Thing. No song has ever been improved by including Flava Flav. Overall: Yeah it's good, even if it does have some lyrical work that has aged pretty poorly. Also far too long for what's on offer, and could have used some editing before release.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I like Public Enemy better and this sounds pretty similar to me and came later. What makes me laugh are those that are blowing up this whole thing like he's Shakespeare born again. It's ok but only if you're in an angry mood.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Been a while since I listened to this one

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Kogo jak kogo ale pana Cube sie kolejny raz nie spodziewalem na liscie, znowu z solowym materialem, tym razem debiutanckim albumem AmeriKKKas Most Wanted z 90, pokazal co umie zarowno jako tworca tekstow i czlowiek interesu potrafiacy znalezc odpowiednich ludzi do roboty, mowie tutaj o produkcji plyty ktora jest glownie zasluga the bomb squad, ekipy ktora juz w tamtych czasach tworzyla dla slick ricka, ll cool ja, czy public enemy, ktorzy sa featurami na dwoch trakach jeszcze jednym gosciem na plycie jest pani yo yo, w pewnym sensie artystka wypromowana przez niego, co do samego kontentu plyty to jest tematycznie podobny do tego co juz bylo grane na predatorze, wiec obok gangsterskiego zycia gettowego i lekcji szancuku dla kobiet znajdzie sie takze miejsce na pokazna doze rasizmu, czasem wymierzonego rowniez w czarnych, na ktorych uzywa ciekawego okreslenia jak oreo, ale nie jest to jeszcze tak doszlifowany material, jesli porownywac go z jego nastepnymi albumami, wiec teksty sa o wiele bardziej bezposrednie i proste, tak samo jest z technika rymowania, ktora nadal jest w powijakach, tym razem plyte ratuja instrumentale, ktore jak przystalo na lata 90 bazuja na bogatym samplowaniu zarowno klasycznych funkowych czarnych artystow lat 70 i 80, ale takze swiezych trakow rapowej sceny, czy nawet materialu od ex grupy, wiec nawet jesli to nie byl to najlepszy krazek jaki slyszalem od tego pana, to i tak szanuje za solidna dyskografie, na plejke leci whos the mack i the nigga you love to hate

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Boxy production but still pretty great.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

It's good. I like the production and the story. It aged well for an album released in 1990.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Aggressive, outraged (and rightly so), elements of misogyny. The usual...

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

I remember as a kid when N.W.A. blew up. "Fuck tha Police" was a BIG DEAL, and the white politicians and news commentators all seemed to think that rap music was vile and dangerous. All the parents I knew either agreed or had opinions that were a variation of "You call that music? It just sounds like noise to me!" This of course made all the white kids want to listen to it. I never listened to rap or hip hop myself, and I was too young to have friends who were into NWA, but I certainly remember Ice Cube being huge. I don't recognize anything on this record specifically, but it has that perfect 90s hip hop sound and was way more nostalgic and fun to listen to than I expected. That said, this is just not for me. I suppose that gansta rap is not supposed to be easy to listen to, but the constant swearing and especially the misogyny makes this impossible for me to really get into. It's a pretty powerful record though. It's political and angry and he certainly does not shy away from saying exactly what he thinks. Ice-T clearly doesn't give a shit if me or anyone else approves.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Didn't give this one quite the in depth listen I feel it deserves but it was definitely a fun time. It feels significant for it's time and an inspiration for what was to come. Definitely makes me want to dive more into classic hip hop.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Though i give him credit for strong lyrical content pretty much across the board, i feel like the musical aspects of it are non very interesting... it seems like sound effects are the only differentiating feature, otherwise the beat seems the same. Interesting, particularly the unexpected gansta's fairytale.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Dynamic and engaging, but one is worn out by the constant "n"-ing and subject matter (admittedly not just the album here, which gets repetitive, but also the 30 years since). Feels a litlte put-on and trite today, but there's no denying it's got more than a few teeth.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

liked it, a classic i guess, ice cube's first album after his split from NWA. just didnt give me the wow factor 3.5 rounded down

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Never listened to an Ice Cube album before. Wasn’t really looking forward to changing that. After the opening skit, the second track started, blew my hair back, and Ice Cube had my full attention. I really dug that first song with all its samples. The album did start to wear on me halfway through, though, and I found myself getting a little impatient with all the misogyny. In some ways this was better than I expected. In other ways, a lot like I expected.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

I really loved some of this and really hated some of this.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

This was my first Ice Cube album and I wanted to like it. I dig hip-hop, and most of the beats and samples were right in the pocket for me. Unfortunately, the lyrical content for many of the tracks was too violent towards women for me to love.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Pretty good hip hop. I like Ice Cube's style, but nothing really jumped out at me after the first few songs. Standouts: The N*gga Ya Love To Hate, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside)

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

The Predator came up only about a week before this one, and I have to say I prefer The Predator, personally. This seemed a bit less varied and generally less interesting to me, and I just don't think it really aged well, in terms of both the beats and the subject matter. I suppose it was a product of its time though. I think Yo-Yo may have been the star of the show to be honest, because what a debut she made on It's A Man's World. Favourite: It's A Man's World

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Far from my favourite Ice Cube album. It's not terrible though, although some of it hasn't aged well.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Urban wrap makes me uncomfortable. While raw and honest, I have WP guilt about the n-word usage. It is essential to the context though. Relaxing a bit and listening to it as the poet intends, I find the storytelling aspect intriguing. Mechanically sound.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Solid and classy, not my fav tho.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Dit is toch meer een beetje ghetto'tje spelen. Zou KKK dan ook voor kaaskopkut staan? Voor Roel: dit zijn Osdorp Posse referenties :-P

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Allemaal aardig hoor. Maar Spotify laat vervolgens Public Enemy horen. Klinkt toch echt een stuk sterker.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Un rap noventero agradable que a veces casi le tira a soul o funk pero sin atascarse. No le puse toda la atención a la letra, pero siendo de Ice Cube y con el título, no creo que tenga mucha profundidad o innovación. Se gana su tercera estrella y punto.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Iconic ganstarap but there are few areas where it's a bit sexist and casting doubt on some black people's identities by calling them "Oreo cookies". It was a different time for sure and ironically I bet Ice Cube of the 90s would absolutely hate the Ice Cube of today. Regardless it's good for the genre, for sure. But for me I'd rather listen to other rap.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I generally like Ice Cube's voice and the Bomb Squad production but I find this one fairly exhausting.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Didn't like every song but overall solid gangster.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
3

I'm a much bigger fan of East Coast rap. Never really got the huge fascination with Ice Cube, I think Dre is the real genius behind NWA. The one thing I can point to is that Ice Cube was always very outspoken about social injustices, so props for that. But as far as something I want to listen to, this album is good not great.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
3

Gangsta rap isn't really my favorite rap genre, but a few of the unique-sounding songs did stand out that I liked.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
2

sic(kkk)

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Thu Oct 29 2020
2

Cool rhythm and flow, so dang much misogynism and talk about sex.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

Not that bad to be honest, violent and aggressive lyrics, would give this a 2.5 if I could

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Again, kind corny sounding because of the early 90s style. Lots of misogyny of course, but overall a decent enough record

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Fri May 07 2021
2

2.5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Rap agressivo, fala bastante sobre raça e violência, causou empatia mas musicalmente não me agrada.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

It was okay. I don’t usually listen to hip hop/rap music

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