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.