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Death Certificate Original recording remastered, Explicit Lyrics

4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 4 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008BL9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Funeral
2. The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit
3. My Summer Vacation
4. Steady Mobbin'
5. Robin Lench
6. Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out
7. Look Who's Burnin'
8. A Bird In The Hand
9. Man's Best Friend
10. Alive On Arrival
11. Death
12. The Birth
13. I Wanna Kill Sam
14. Horny Lil' Devil
15. Black Korea
16. True To The Game
17. Color Blind
18. Doing Dumb Shit
19. Us
20. No Vaseline
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With benefit of hindsight, we now understand that most rappers are indeed earnest, but few intend their words to be taken with the same weight as a heartfelt proclamation by a guitar-strumming folkie. Ice Cube's third solo release, taken the wrong way, is a hateful tract full of misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and violently prejudicial remarks toward just about every other ethnic group; anyone missed in this skein was an oversight. However, with the exception of some choice words for NWA's former manager, Cube's remarks are best seen as caricatures--well, OK, grotesques--rather than perspectives. His spoken intros and the way in which the songs broke into episodes broadly hinted at Ice Cube's move into film. Years later, it's easier to ignore the hateful spew and admire the formal innovations featured on this recording, which helped make Ice Cube into a multimedia star. --Martin Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
This is Ice Cube at his apex. He did good work with NWA, and his first LP was pretty good, the EP was pretty good, but this album is just fantastic. The beats are great with production by the Bomb Squad (Chuck-D's crew), the lyrics are tight, but what makes this album so good is the concept. I first bought this on tape so the concept is more understandable and every single song had a purpose; the first side is straight up gangsta with bombs like My Summer Vacation, Bird in the Hand, and Look Who's Burnin, while the second side is more pro-black with strong (and some, not me, would consider over the top) songs like Horny Little Devil, True to the Game (which is still the funniest video I ever saw), and Color Blind. But then at the very end he serves NWA some hot fire with "No Vaseline", a response to "Real Niggaz". This is what the War and Piece albums tried to be but didn't come close. By that time Cube had become a movie star wearing top hats. But this album is not only classic Cube but classic hip-hop. This album makes most of today's hip-hop, which is devoid of concept and talent, look like doo doo.
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Ice Cube may have maxxed out early with this release: He covers the gambit of gangsta rap and does it superbly in his definitive style. It's no wonder The Predator and Lethal Injection feel lame in comparison. Though some have been disturbed by the album's content, calling it homophobic, sexist, racist, etc., I don't think that Ice Cube is saying that he's right, or that people should be what he raps about in his songs. Since it's infancy, rap and hip-hop have been more of a medium for painting pictures of black life and culture, and it's not always about being positive or making things better -- it's about getting the issues out on the table. This album represents the views of a pissed off, hetrosexual, black male, but doesn't offer any apologies. Taking middle ground on an ablum that is infused with rage doesn't make any sense. When Cube expresses his anger with Korean grocery store owners in black neighborhoods, it's more out of frustration and the feeling of a lack of black ownership, and it certainly doesn't call for violence against Koreans. I seriously doubt Ice Cube actually condones this type of violence. More to the point, the song is more about the anger that existed in black neighborhoods at the time, something many people were not aware of until the LA Riots.
Musically, the record is on point, with great beats and samples. I thought this CD showcased a little more funk in the music than AmeriKKKa's, which was a nice touch. The addition of How to Surive in South Central makes this album essential for 90s hip hop fans.
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Format: Audio CD
Man, you'd think that after setting the world on fire with Amerikkka's Most Wanted, there would be no way that Ice Cube could top that album. But with his second release Death Certificate, he comes VERY CLOSE. This album is SO EXCELLENT that after playing it the first time, you'd have to play over again. In 1991, Cube came hard once again, showing us a venomous taste in some political issues for this record. It's another one of my favorite album. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: The ENTIRE album, even the skits are worth listening to.
Production: Thumbs up.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up, he came politically correct on this one.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: Ice Cube had the West Coast ON LOCK with this album in 1991, even more so than N.W.A. at the time with the release of their lackluster album NIGGAZ4LIFE (by the way, check out the BRUTAL dis of N.W.A. on this album entitled "No Vaseline"). Overall, another STRONG RECOMMENDATION on this album, one of the greatest sequels EVER in hip hop. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this.
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Format: Audio CD
The Amerikka's Most Wanted has nothing on this classic which surprised me. This kind of production you rarely see and for that he received 5 mics from the source. The most racially and gruesome album yet, Ice Cube at this point in his career was standing on the top of rap being the icon of gansta rap for years to follow. He became a muslim and became a massive rap machince. The intro going to the first song on the death side called "The Wrong N***A To F**k" started the rage and thoughout the CD songs like Color Blind, A Bird in The Hand, I Wanna Kill Sam, Black Korea, the whole CD is just masterful. It talks about the riots before they even got started in LA. Most songs are in depth and true about that period of time in America. Yes Ice Cube had people shook, even his old group who he dissed on NO VASELINE. You have to cop this album. I can desribe every song but, I wouldn't have enough room to list all the complex opinions I have. A definite top 15 rap CD of all-time!!
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Format: Audio CD
Ice Cube brought everything on this album. He brings a format where he is able to speak on a wide array of subjects and uses each individual song to express new topics. It's this type of vision that is not often seen and even less accomplished by other artists. Cube employs unbelievable storytelling skills that create pictures so clear no one can mistake what he is talking about. For some this album might be too over the top, but that is Ice Cube's point. If it didn't strike a chord in people, would they really pay as much attention to the more basic images that Ice Cube lays as the foundation for each song? Probably not, similar to what Eminem does today, Ice Cube gets you to listen to his albums.
"The Wrong N---- To F--- Wit" has Ice Cube setting the tone for the entire album as he shows he's not backing down from anything and everything. "My Summer Vacation" is storytelling at its best. One of Cube's many classics, with a superb beat. "Steady Mobbin'" seems more like an introspective into his life as he explains why he has do what he does. "Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out" is a funny song with a protective dad who won't let her daughter go out with a "shady character" like Ice Cube. "Look Who's Burnin'" is a timeless classic about STD's. "A Bird In The Hand" talks about the hardships minorities face growing up. It has one of best lines on the album "a bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush", a quick shot at George Bush. "Man's Best Friend" is a great song about why man's new best friend is a gun, not a dog because of the changing times. "Alive On Arrival" is the highlight of the album as Ice Cube runs through an unbelievable story beginning with him getting shot and having to go to an overworked, run-down county hospital.
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