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Essentials (1 Live Track) Best of, Explicit Lyrics

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1. Go To Church (featuring Snoop Dogg & Lil' Jon)
2. A Bird In The Hand
3. Ghetto Vet (Background Vocals by Mack 10 and Mr. Short Khop)
4. Greed
5. Supreme Hustle
6. It Was A Good Day
7. Spittin' Pollaseeds (featuring WC & Kokane)
8. Rollin' With The Lench Mob
9. The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit
10. When Will They Shoot?
11. Why We Thugs / Smoke Some Weed (Live) (featuring WC and Crazy Toones)
12. Givin' Up The Nappy Dugout
13. A Gangsta's Fairytale
14. Check Yo Self (featuring Das EFX)
15. What Can I Do?
16. War & Peace
17. Dead Homiez
18. Cold Places

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Explicit Version. The Essentials is a greatest hits compilation album by West Coast rapper Ice Cube. 18 tracks including album guest artists Snoop Dogg, Lil' Jon, Mack 10, Mr. Short,WC & Kokane, Khop, Das EFX and Crazy Toones.

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Good But Not Essential Sept. 20 2008
By D.P. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Normally when a non-studio Ice Cube album is released, there is a theme to the album that justifies spending the money to purchase it. "Bootlegs & B-Sides" was full of (then) unreleased remixes & extra songs not available on his albums, "Featuring Ice Cube" was full of his famous & best collaborations at that time, "Greatest Hits" & "Best Of Westside Connection" explains themselves, and "In The Movies" was songs that were featured in hit movies or various soundtracks. However, that's not the case here with "The Essentials" as you would think this is "part two" of his previous "Greatest Hits" album (similar to how Tupac Ressurection was) but these are just randon Ice Cube songs from his past albums put together with the only thing special here is a live performance audio track of "Why We Thugs/Smoke Some Weed" from his "Laugh Now, Cry Later" album. Various tracks from his previous "themed" albums are also released once again on this such as Today Was A Good Day (Greatest Hits), Ghetto Vet & Wrong N' To F' With (In The Movies). While some tracks on here are legendary Ice Cube songs (like "Dead Homies" & the original versions of "Check Yo Self" & "What Can I Do?"), most of these tracks aren't "essential" than the other songs that have been more important to Cube's career that have still yet to make their way to a "best of" album such as "Who's The Mack?", "True To The Game", "Wicked", "Really Doe" and a personal favorite of mine that is heavily slept on in "Until We Rich" with Krayzie Bone. Don't get me wrong, these aren't Cube's worst songs as they are good but I can't say with a straight face that these songs were "essential" when it came to the success of Ice Cube's career & were better choices than the songs they left off.

I recommended "Greatest Hits" for those who only knew & wanted Ice Cube's famous chart topping hits...I recommended "Best Of Westside Connection" for that same reason but also for those who wanted all (except one) of their collaborations together that weren't on the two group albums...I recommended "In The Movies" for those who wanted to get their hands on Ice Cube songs from rare & out of print soundtracks...however, I just can't recommend "The Essentials" for any of those same reasons. I can only recommend it for people who don't have enough money or don't want to take the time to go & buy Ice Cube's studio albums that have these same songs along with others that were better quality in production, lyricism, getting his message across, and were just bigger hits that were left off his previous "Greatest Hits" album that "The Essentials" decided to leave out in favor of just random songs. Again, I can only recommend this if you don't have the money or time to get all of Ice Cube's previous solo albums.
Essential to who? Jan. 17 2011
By H3@+h - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You could argue about any collection, what should and shouldn't be included. This isn't really a greatest hits, there's one of those already. This isn't even a GH part 2, or a "Rest Of". A better title would have been "The Random" or "The Sampling". So it's got some "hits" since the last collection came out, and tosses in a few must-haves from way back. Sadly this doesn't even include what the last collection missed. Where's Wicked, Really Doe or Until We Rich? Also nothing from Raw Footage other than "Cold Places". Now of course what is here is good, some of it great. I suppose it really just comes down to what your favorite tracks are. I'm sure a few people like this more than the previous Hits disc. In it's favor, it does have Go To Church and the kick-ass Supreme Hustle. I love the cover too. Can't wait to see him again this March.
This CD is perfect! Oct. 12 2013
By Rapfan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Buy this CD if you can. It's awsome. You won't regret it at all. I didn't! This CD is one of the best CD's I ever bought. Go for it and just buy it! Hurry up, because time is running out on
Birthday Gift Feb. 8 2013
By Rose - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this and other orginial albums of Ice Cube for a special friend's birthday. Recieved the item a few days after order was submitted. I was nervous I wouldn't get by the weekend of their birthday, but I did. The recipient could not have been more pleased! Thank you!
Great compilation! July 2 2010
By eastbayrae - Published on
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The only thing I would have liked to have seen on here was My Summer Vacation. Other then that it covers his entire career and hits all the best stuff. If you liked Bootlegs and B Sides this is for you.