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Greatest Hits Best of, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Dec 4 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004Z2V3
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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1. Pushin' Weight
2. Check Yo Self [Remix]
3. We Be Clubbin'
4. $100 Dollar Bill Ya'll
5. Once Upon A Time In The Projects
6. Bow Down [westside connection]
7. Hello
8. You Can Do It
9. You Know How We Do It
10. It Was A Good Day
11. Bop Gun [One Nation] [Radio Edit]
12. What Can I Do? [Remix]
13. My Summer Vacation
14. Steady Mobbin'
15. Jackin' For Beats
16. The Nigga Ya Love To Hate
17. In The Late Night Hour

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Few rappers have capitalised on their own notoriety as efficiently as Ice Cube. As a solo artist, he pursued a black radical agenda as well as indulging in ghetto fantasies and developing a parallel career in films. Nowadays, he may be better known for the Fridaymovies, but much here proves his surly but oddly elegant rhyming, classic funk samples and hard-edged beats can still impress.

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Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Ice Cube since his NWA years but I didn't really get stuck into his music when he left until he released War & Peace, vol. 1. Known to be my first Ice Cube album, I was both impressed and disappointed. How can this be called a Greatest Hits album when some of his greater songs aren't even on this. Where's the classic diss song, "No Vaseline", and the song featuring Krayzie Bone, "Until We Rich"? Those were classic songs that Ice Cube had ever released. On a more positive note, there are some of his better works on here like "N*gga Ya Love to Hate", "Hello" which is probably the highlight on this album since it features Dr. Dre and MC Ren, two other members from NWA. "Bow Down" is another great track with a memorable tune, "You Can Do It" is a good song but it wasn't that great. The classic song, "It Was a Good Day", (scoring somewhere in the 30's in the 'Top 50 Rap Songs') is another gem on the album and "Late Night Hour" is a great song, produced by the Neptunes, containing re-written pieces from some of NWA's earlier classic hits. I heard that his 3 earlier albums were much better and I will be getting them soon but if you want to bang some loud music on the streets, get this.
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By A Customer on April 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is a collection of Ice Cube's most popular songs, but not necessarily his best ones. If you're a casual fan it's a good place to start. But his first three solo albums - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator - are superb rap albums packed with hardly any filler. On Greatest Hits, Cube's more recent stuff is weaker than his classic stuff. The two new songs aren't that great, and the "Check Yo Self" remix can't hold a candle to the funky original. Still, if you're a hard core Cube fan it's worth checking out, just to have a good retrospective of his career. "Hello" is a highlight that reunites him with NWA members Dr. Dre and MC Ren, then there's the one-two punch of "My Summer Vacation" and "Steady Mobbin'"(from Cube's explosive Death Certificate). "Once Upon A Time in the Projects" are "The N**** Ya Love To Hate" are excellent tracks that showcase how good of a rhymer and storyteller he can be.
If you're really want to experience Cube's best work, check out his first three solo albums. But this collection is a good place to start if you're just getting into him.
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With West Coast hip-hop currently enjoying a prominence equal to its G-Funk heyday this Ice Cube retrospective is a timely reminder of just who was the real LA radical.
After walking out on seminal gansta' rap godfathers NWA in 1989 following a royalties dispute, Ice Cube embarked on a trio of albums that are amongst the best ever to emerge from the streets beneath LA's elevated roadways. 'Amerikkka's Most Wanted' made Ice Cube's manifesto abundantly clear: raw beats and hard-hitting, often militant, social commentary. Cube was turning the tools of his and Dre's gangsta creation - the first-person violent narratives - into politicised commentary on the increasingly decaying LA communities that surrounded him.
Crucially, it was the production genius of Public Enemy beatmakers, The Bomb Squad, that brought these urban tales into sharp focus. And, in many ways, Ice Cube's combination of sunny Clinton funk and crackling violence makes even better bedfellows with the Sadler/Shocklee sound than Chuck D's pointed political rhyming. For a while, Ice Cube was Chuck's dark cousin.
With 'Death Certificate' and 'The Predator' he didn't win himself any fans in the Jewish, gay or feminist communities and largely compromised the power of his political position with NOI and right-wing prejudices. Both were, however, unparalleled works of innovation and drama and remain largely unsurpassed in the West Coast hip-hop canon. As complete concepts - particularly 'Death Cerfificate' - they make Dr. Dre's 'Chronic' sound like a couple of singles and a lot of filler.
Things started to go wrong with 'Lethal Injection', by which time Snoop was becoming a global star of unprecedented proportions in the hip-hop world and G-Funk was bumping out of every car on every street.
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Ok let's be honest. We all know his songs like "Bow Down" & his reunited N.W.A. tracks will make you blow those factory speakers in your Yugo, but where's the other Ice Cube? If he would've done this right - as a box set - he could've added some of the stuff us real fans love: songs like "I Wanna Kill Sam", "Cave B*tch", and countless others that really make you want to start a sequel of the 1992 L.A. riots in your own lily white subdivision. Oh well, i guess there's always a chance we'll see a volume 2 in stores soon. My only beef with this album was the first new song he included on it. It's not even worthy of being on his 3rd greatest hits cd. Finally, if you're looking for another greatest hits compilation to buy i would highly recommend the "Skee-lo's greatest hits" cd. It's nice to have an entire cd i can listen to while i microwave popcorn.
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By freeti on July 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
All my fav tracks on here. really good cd.
1. Pushin Weight F/ MR. Shokhop- not bad tune. 3/5
2. Check Yo Self Remix F/ Das EFX- pretty good. 4/5
3. We Be Clubbin'- Crazy track. 4.5/5
4. $100 Bill Y'all- love it. 4.5/5
5. Once Upon A Time In The Projects- Love it. 4.5/5
6. Bow Down (Westside Connection track)- 4.5/5
7. Hello F/ Dr Dre & Mc Ren- Too bad Easy E didnt live to see this one. R.I.P. Easy. 5/5
8. You Can Do IT F/ Mack 10 & Ms Toi- 4.5/5
9. You Know How We Do It- not bad. 3/5
10. It Was A Good Day- Classic track. 5/5
11. Bop Gun F/ George Clinton- 2.5/5
12. What Can I Do?- 3.5/5
13. My Summer Vacation- 3.5/5
14. Steady Mobbin- 4/5
15. Jackin For Beats- 4.5/5
16. The Guy you love to hate- 4/5
17. In The Late Night Hour F/ Pusha T Of Clipse- 5/5
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