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.
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.
“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
+1 stars for misogyny
Has aged very poorly
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.
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 !♫
Love this album. Social commentary, great tracks from start to end, and one that deserves a listen straight through.
One of my favorite rap albums of all time. Bangers from start to finish.
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?"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Good flow, but I couldn't make it through the violent/sexist/explicit tracks. Big yikes!
Good continuity, solid beats, but gets monotonous, plus increasingly misogynist and trite.
Production and assembly is great, and it's a (rightly) angry album, but the shameless sexism is not a good look now.
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."
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)
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.
Good beats, but much weaker than The Predator. Lyrical content is just terrible, with the social messages overshadowed by one-note misogyny
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.
pretty damn good this is real rap
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.
He's a badass, and so is this album
Unreal how good this is
A classic, perfect for riding with the top down. Public Enemy production with a Chronic feel. Ice Cube is a legend
Han har oändlig karisma på denna skiva... ett av de aggressivaste, smartaste och roliga hiphop-albumen någonsin.
I remember this being fire
Classic rap album.
wish i had been into this at the time
Sadly, this is still relevant.
West coast is heavy in this one
Really excellent. I had no preconceived relationship with Ice and this was a great surprise.
always liked cube, plus chuck d and flav are an awesome surprise - wasn't expecting to see them here
Heat, anthems, BLM end of black history month iconic end 3.9
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.
Loved all the beats and samples lyrics really not for me.
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.
Heel cool! Kende 't eigenlijk niet echt, maar echt goed.
Much funkier than I expected. More interesting than NWA.
Cool hip-hop album. Cube went hard back in the day.
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
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: The nigga you love to hate,
legend of the game
Ice Cube is a legend, and proves that he is the key player in NWA with this album
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.
Really strong but gets kind of one-note towards the end for me
First time hearing this. Really liked it.
This album is definitely not for middle class mom's. Classic Ice Cube.
Just don't really connect with the source material, but good execution of an older style of hip hop.
Loved to hate Ice Cube before. This was the first time I ever actually listened to his music, surprisingly nice
Iconic sound of the 90s.
Really inventive, very of its time, very interesting
Here for it
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.
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
Iconic sound that's making a comeback right now. Can't deny the cultural phenom that was and is Ice Cube.
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.
a great album if you don't actually listen to it
Fork, fork, forkity fork. Guns. Fork.
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.
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
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
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.
pretty fun rap 7/10
Yeah, I very much like this sort of stuff
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.
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
Not really my thing, doesn't really hold up compared to other classics or more modern rap
p aggressive - C
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.
Groundbreaking but not my Favorite of his.
A snapshot of racial tension in gangsta rap. Not my favorite Ice Cube album.
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
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.
Really gritty album but great. Love Ice Cube. 7/10.
Quite enjoyed this without relating to a single word of it. White Privilege FTW.
Not bad, not as good as NWA
Fijner dan andere rap die we tot nu toe gehoord hebben, maar de pistoolschoten en het ‘nigger’ komen nu m’n neus wel uit.
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!
3.5/5 it might be good, i'll have to listen to it again
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.
"Ice cube the bitch killer"
Classic album, still relevant today
One of my favorite Ice Cube joints 😊 I only like one or two songs overall it left me feeling angry.
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.”
-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
Young, angry Ice Cube. Nice!
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.
It was quite good but got a bit bored towards the end
I liked the tracks at the start. The later tracks were ok, but a poco loco
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.
Not bad, although was kind of boring
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
He’s got a dope sound and a fierce energy. Just not my type of music.
Von der Musik her nicht schlecht, wenn sich auch später viel ähnlich klingt. Von den Texten sind manche noch aktuell, manche definitiv nicht.
Ice Cube sounds pretty west coast, and I guess I prefer east coast. Not a bad album, but not very catchy either.
I think this isn't for me, but I can see why it is so highly regarded. The production is absolutely ace.
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
I got the importance of this album for modern hip-hop and its songs are really cool. A little bit repetitive, but still cool!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
"Mediocre beats will work if they're loud enough." -the golden rule of gangsta rap, probably
Definitely ice cube
ganska bra men jag upplevde det som lite töntigt emellanåt
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
Ice Cube turns out not to be a joke act after all.
Great album from the star of Are We There Yet?
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
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?
Snälla ice cube… var int så aggressiv… ja blir skrämd :(
It was fine
very listenable but nowhere near as creative as Dr Dre or others of the same period
this album melted me
Nog steeds is rap niet mijn ding. Maar ik kon dit album luisteren zonder gefrustreerd te raken
A lot of misogyny in here but also a lyrical slice of life.
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.
Cool rhythm and flow, so dang much misogynism and talk about sex.
Not that bad to be honest, violent and aggressive lyrics, would give this a 2.5 if I could
Again, kind corny sounding because of the early 90s style. Lots of misogyny of course, but overall a decent enough record
Rap agressivo, fala bastante sobre raça e violência, causou empatia mas musicalmente não me agrada.
It was okay. I don’t usually listen to hip hop/rap music
More Ice Cube, oh boy
Not for me.
Definitely not my style, but it was an interesting listen. This style of rap is more palatable for me and I appreciate the lyrics focusing on political and social messages as opposed to sex and drugs exclusively like that Missy Elliot album. Favorite Track(s): “The Nigga You Love To Hate” and “The Bomb”
1990, gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, political Hip Hop, nicht wirklich was was ich mir anhören würde
Hip-hop. Mucho taco y poca chicha.
Un disco agotador
The beats are surprisingly good, same people as public enemy apparently. The lyrics alternate between okay and unenjoyable, maybe a 2.5? alright in small amounts
Rap isn't my thing lol.
I get it... but this definitely isn't for me
I've never been a fan of "gangsta rap" but I appreciate what Ice Cube has done for the music industry.
Nice beats, repetitive flows
not to my taste - wasnt a stand out album musically.
Meh. Probably wouldn't bother again.
Dischetto un pò così, forse non era la giornata giusta per l'hip hop però non mi è rimasto molto di questo disco.
Vorrei dire di aver trovato in questo album qualcosa di diverso da quello che mi aspettavo ma era anche difficile. Se devo essere sincero è stato godibile, il flow mi piace e i beat sono onesti. Arriverebbe quasi al 3 se non fosse per i testi che, oltre a qualche rima veramente brutta, c'hanno i soliti contenuti che mi rendono davvero difficile andare sopra al 2, in particolare i contenuti misogini per cui, da quello che ho capito, Ice Cube gode di una certa notorietà. Sicuramente ho fatto un po' più di orecchio al genere ma continuo a non capirlo e a non condividerlo, soprattutto perché è evidente che non stanno recitando dei personaggi (almeno così loro credono). Metto due solo perché musicalmente non m'è dispiaciuto.
Queste sonorità mi ricordano gli anni '90 e in qualche modo anche la mia infanzia (i film americani, la break dance..) Non posso dire che mi sia piaciuto ma nemmeno che mi abbia fatto sKKKifo. I testi manco l'ho guardati. Certo che un'ora e più di sta roba ma un po' ucciso..2
Not my thing
Meh, its ok, no real hits
Really didn’t enjoy “You can’t fade me”, but liked this album more than most rap I’ve listened to.
Not my thing
Some days you need to be in the right mood for the 1001 albums, it can be a challenge. On this particular day and this particular album, there was too much content to stomach. I managed to get about halfway through before needing a break, and didn't feel like coming back to it, maybe another day.
It's probably a great and iconic rap album but I just don't get it. Rap will never appeal to me. He does have a good way with words however, i will give him that.
average 90s rap
Decent late eighties/early nineties rap. I really like Ice Cube's style, but like later period gangsta rap more. This is a little too close to the NWA/80s style. 2.5/5
Novamente a audição de um álbum de rap não se sustenta.
Given the reviews above, I thought it'd be worse than it was, but I think we'll get a lot better hip hop than this. Mixes in some interesting social commentary that would've been pretty inflammatory in 1990 (but feels a bit stale now) with a lot of lines that made me wince pretty hard. It's pretty crude in a lot of places - 'Get off my my dick and tell your bitch to come here' as the title of a song sounds like a bad parody of rap, and the attitude towards women in general is pretty grim. Also, I'm not a prude, but the unrelenting tide of bitch/nigga/dick is pretty wearing and it loses its edge by the end because you're so worn down. 2/5.
Decent, but a bit dated. Very clearly an early 90s west coast sound, good beats but the social commentary aspect of it probably more impressive than the actual lyrical quality. Influential on what was to follow but I feel I've been spoiled by improvements in the genre in general, particularly in production quality. 2.5 maybe.
This started off great, classic style hip hop with strong beats and driving flow, but soon showed its age, with middling at best songs with poor lyrics.
Raw, angry, but doesn't flow and nowhere Near his best
Some sweet gangsta rap. 3 Really bores me after a while though 2
Old school hip-hop…I can appreciate it for its historic importance…but it‘s aweful!
Did not enjoy and did not finish.
Noniinno, tätä samaa ysärigangstailua joka ei kyllä putoa edelleenkään yhtään. Ei jäänyt mitään mieleen enkä oikeastaan haluaisikaan jäävän.
1/5. Nix für mich. Nicht ganz gehört
Slightly better than expected. Still didn’t like it though.
Jos Ice T oli positiivinen ylläri, niin Ice Cube oli aikamoinen pettymys. N.W.A. jossa Ice Cube oli mukana, oli kanssa ihan okei, mutta tää soololevy oli aika tuhnu. Ei ollut tarttuvia biisejä ja mitä sanoja jaksoi kuunnella niin sellaista uhoa vaan ja vähän pyssynpauketta taustalle. Ei uppoa!
Not my thing
Did not listen entirely; not a fan of rap
I’m a lover of hip hop/rap and really like some of the NWA stuff. Enjoy the west coast and G-Funk that Dre brought to the mix but this was barely listenable! Loud, overly aggressive and didn’t feel like the album had any sort of direction to it. Put it off about half way through. Disappointed to be honest.
1/5 Don’t like the old school rap
As dull a record, as has ever been made.
Instead of joking on this actually being most unwanted, I will say this genre isn't one I normally listen to and point out the excessively profane lyrics as a big turn off.
"Music" for poc, who want to feel justified in blaming everybody else for problems of their own making, and for white people who want to feel "edgy". Rap is KKKrap.
Nope. Not for me. I can appreciate it's power and impact, but I couldn't get into it.
I am just not that into rap, the songs all sounded very similar to me.
Hooray, another dose of violent misogyny. This one goes straight in the trash next to Dr. Dre.
Who really wants to listen to ignorant people acting angry, shooting guns, calling each other Nigga.? The music and style is actually good, it is just all the extreme content that really ruins this album. 1/5
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.