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Now, with the impending release of Laugh Now, Cry Later, his first solo album released on his own Lench Mob Records, Ice Cube is on top of his creative game and relishing in his ability to make his latest album at his own pace and on his own terms.
We all know that Ice Cube, founding member of NWA and former "hardcore gangster rapper," performs in family-friendly fluff comedy flicks aimed at the most mainstream of family audiences, but no one with any sense cuts him serious flack for that. Not only are the Friday and Barber Shop movies pretty great, but do you have any idea how big his bank account is by now? When it comes to music, what is the dude to do? It's obviously his first love, but he has about three choices: to work with the Neptunes and try to update himself; to go completely middle America and do a Broadway revue or something; or he can do what he's always done: flex his lyrical muscles, squint a lot, bark out some hardcore lines on top of slick hip-hop--you know, to try and restore his cred. A glance at the song titles will tell you which choice he made. It's interesting to know that the very rich still have problems ("Child Support") and even millionaires have to convince us all that they're tough just like they did when they were broke-ass ("Why We Thugs"). There's some real political commentary here, but it gets lost in uninspired beats and that super-dated style, genre... everything. It would seem that Cube's producers forgot to tell him that no one really cares for that '92 stuff anymore. --Mike McGonigal
Top Customer Reviews
"thank God that the gangsta's back
we ain't got to put up with this brainless rap
may your lungs collapse n' m.c's are funny
all you can rap about is p---y and money"
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But I can't say that. I'm a 30+ listener who remembers when Ice Cube completely revolutionized rap forever! I still remember the old video "Eaziar Said than Dunn" when at the videos conclusion Ice Cube turned around and gave a menacing grimace to the camera. Scared the crap outta me. That look personified everything I've either seen or hadn't seen but heard about in my neighborhood. And he wasn't afraid to drop plenty of F bombs. He even lent a few to Eazy-E, since we know he and the DOC wrote a large portion of the NWA lyrics.
Contrary to what most have said about NWA revolutionizing the rap game, I would have to give the lions share of that glory to Ice Cube, since after his departure from NWA, the group became something of a self-parodying comic strip, while the classic "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" album maintained the raw, believable grittiness of "Straight Outta Compton."
And then somewhere along the line it seemed that Cube's success began to work against him because he didn't actually do the things he rapped about (Thank God). Oh, and then he started doing movies, which some people strangely feel discredits his gangsterism. Whatever.
All of this when combined with our new generation of "true gangster rappers" who all have short career and actual life expectancies, seems to have pushed some critics to doubt the merit of Cube's comeback album. Comments about being Old or
Old School recur frequently.
Actually, it's the old school Cube that I was hoping for. And you do actually get it with the "Laugh Now, Cry Later" album.
Cube brings his original flavor back that made gangster rap so grittty and relevant in the first place. And unlike most of the Platinum Puppies who think they've marked their territory with baby urine, Cube actually has a lot more useful and relevant social commentary that punctuates the usual commercial formula that is needed to sell records. He did this with "F-- The Police" and "Dopeman" years ago -- and long before Tupac made himself a legend with this adopted approach. "Why We Thugs" has a sort of anthem feel to it. It pumps. It grooves. And it raises a very strong and once forgotten point about who positions the over abundance of drugs and weaponry in the inner-cities. All the other so-called record label thugs probably lack the mental capacity that Cube has to even address such an issue. You can tell by their monosyllabic interviews, but that's beside the point I suppose.
I read a review in the Boston Globe, where the hater...uh, I mean writer, accusses Cube of the "same old" in his old school lyricism. He exampled the song "Child Support" and managed to completely miss the analogy that Cube is using: That he's the father of this gangster rap, and now he's got a bunch of rugrats tearing up house and home. The writer thought Cube was literally making himself out to be a dead-beat dad. He's not. And if you listen closely (a tall order for the rap audience) you'll hear Cube pushing politcal weight in a lot of what might be confused for the same old gangster glorification that we get today.
There's also a nostalgic cut on this album that takes people like me back to the late 80's, when suddenly Compton became so popular that kids in New York were wearing Los Angeles Raiders gear. Cube talks about meeting Dre and Eazy and the rest becoming history. Literally. All in all, The album has peaks and valleys, with the political peaks for the mature listener who wants to hear what's *really* on Cube's mind and the gutter-esque valleys for the hedonistic listener whose recreational concerns are to "Smoke Some Weed" and "Chrome and Paint." Such songs are really just Cube throwing a few bones to the dogs who don't know well enough to crave some real meat.
And finally, musically, the CD is just dope. I would have liked to hear a little more of the fire from the Storch Torch on the album, espcially since we all know Cube can afford his exboritant production fees. But the other fire from Emile, Rotem and others keeps the album fresh and diverse.
After a while I wondered when NWA was going to release another cassette, then I started hearing rumors about the fact that Ice Cube felt like he was being underpaid for his rapping and writing credits for what he did on "Straight Outta Compton". I was at school one particular day and one of my boys overheard me talking about what I was saying about Ice Cube and the NWA situation. He told me that he had an Ice Cube solo tape and I didn't believe him for one second. After school he dropped what I would find out would be "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" at my house and I was literally floored when I heard "The N.... Ya Love To Hate". The 1st time I heard that song I told myself that Ice Cube could make songs until he is blue in the face but he would never make a song as tight as that and in 2006 I am right. If ANYONE had any doubts that Ice Cube couldn't be a solo artist, this track was a lesson for people to pay attention to and learn. The title track is just about as good as "The N.... Ya Love To Hate" as Ice Cube made comments about how if he was killin' African Americans, no one would be worried about the crimes that he was committing. My other favorite tracks on "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" included "You Can't Fade Me", "Endangered Species" w/Chuck D, "Once Upon A Time In The Projects", "What They Hittin'Foe?" and the only video from this disc, "Who's The Mack". After his solo debut, Ice Cube dropped a teaser EP entitled "Kill At Will" which featured one of his best singles to date, "Jackin' For Beats". Ice Cube took the popular beats at the time like Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance", Public Enemy's "Welcome To The Terrordome", X- Clan's "Heed The Word Of The Brother (RIP Professor X), D Nice's "Call Me D-Nice" and other tracks and created a memorable single. The EP also had tight tracks like "Dead Homiez" and "The Product" as well. Ice Cube's next full release would be "Death Certificate". If you liked Ice Cube for his west coast sounds then this may be your favorite Ice Cube CD. The Bomb Squad, who were known with working with Public Enemy, produced the majority of "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" so the CD had an east coast flavor to it. On "Death Certificate" Ice Cube had a west coast sound to go with his lyrics. My favorite tracks ended up being "My Summer Vacation", "The Wrong N.... To .... Wit", "Steady Mobbin'", "A Bird In The Hand", the memorable posse cut "Color Blind" and the classic NWA diss track entitled "No Vaseline". Ice Cube's next disc was entitled "The Predator". "Wicked" took a little while to grow on me, but once the disc was released and I heard tracks like "When Will They Shoot", "Check Yo Self" w/ DAS EFX, and the classic "It Was A Good Day", then "Wicked" was a little easier to swallow. "Lethal Injection" followed the "Predator" and Ice Cube had tight tracks like "You Know How We Do It", "Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth" w/K Dee, "Down For Whatever" and "When I Get To Heaven". Ice Cube seemed alot calmer from his earlier CDs as it seemed as if he was taking a step back from his usual political views and puttin' famous folks out there like he did on his earlier releases. I'll be the 1st one to admit that once Ice Cube made "We Be Clubbin" and his alter ego, "Don Mega" was born, I didn't really like Ice Cube as much as I did before. I understand that he was making movies and he was in "Hollywood" but as a fan I always wanted the NWA Ice Cube. Now since "Lethal Injection", Ice Cube made CDs with The Westside Connection, which was composed of Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC of WC & The Maad Circle. He also released a "Bootlegs & B-Sides" CD, as well as a "....Featuring Ice Cube CD which included his famous duets with other artists. He also dropped a War & Peace 2 disc set, which were released separately, but other than "Hello" which reunited Ice Cube with MC Ren & Dr. Dre, I didn't hear anything from those discs, because of "Mr. Don Mega". Ice Cube also had a nice duet with Dr. Dre entitled "Natural Born Killaz" that was on the "Murder Was The Case" soundtrack and "Chin Check" which was on the "Next Friday soundtrack" with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre & MC Ren.
On Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz' last CD entitled "Crunk Juice" Ice Cube was surprisingly featured on two tracks: One entitled "Roll Call" and an unexpected posse cut entitled "Grand Finale". Now don't get this "Grand Finale" confused with the track of the same name that was on D.O.C.'s "No One Can Do It Better" CD. This track featured an odd combination of Bun B of UGK, Jadakiss, TI, Nas & Ice Cube. Ice Cube may have had the best verse on the track and the track ended up working after all. My old roomate made a CD of downloads for me and one of the tracks on the CD was called "Child Support" from Ice Cube. When I heard the track that is what finally made me want to start buying Ice Cube CDs again. "Child Support" was basically a lesson to up and coming West Coast artists reminding them that Ice Cube basically is the Godfather of West Coast gangsta rap.
"Laugh Now, Cry Later" is the best whole CD of music that I have heard from Ice Cube since "Lethal Injection". He has even started talking about the political issues and topics that made him popular on his earlier CDs like our President of The United States, Flavor Flav and others. The 1st single is "Why We Thugs" which is produced by Scott Storch. The beat is off the hook and Ice Cube is able to explain to the people that don't understand why we are the way we are in certain aspects of life. Emile drops a beat that is just as nice on "Doin' What It 'Pose To Do". Ice Cube brings back the memorable West Coast gangsta sound that we are use to hearing from him. Now his lyrics aren't as top notch as they use to be because of "Mr. Don Mega" but he has definitely went back to his old days and his lyrics are alot better on this CD. Swizz Beatz drops by on "Stop Snitchin'". I didn't know that snitching could be talked about over a party beat but somehow, someway Ice Cube and Swizz Beatz make things work on this track. Lil Jon returns the favors that Ice Cube gave him on "Crunk Juice" and he produces the 2nd single, "Go To Church" featuring Snoop Dogg. If you are not into the Down South music scene you may not like this track but if you enjoyed Ice Cube on "Roll Call" like I did then you will like "Go To Church" just as much. Lil Jon also produces Ice Cube's track for the ladies, which aslo features Snoop Dogg, entitled "You Gotta Lotta That". It won't be too hard to figure out what "That" is as you listen to the song. One track that surprised me on this CD was "Growin' Up". Laylaw & D-Maq sample Minnie Riperton's "Memory Lane" to perfection as Ice Cube talks about how he got into the rap game and how things with NWA really went down. He even talks about giving Lil Eazy E advice when and if he needs it. Scott Storch shows up again on the party track "Steal The Show". Ice Cube takes advantage of the nice Scott Storch track and you can tolerate these kind of Ice Cube party tracks because they aren't like "You Can Do It" which was on the "Next Friday" soundtrack. Other tracks worth checking out are the impressive title track, "The N.... Trapp", "Click Clack-Get Back!", and "Chrome & Paint" w/WC.
You can listen to the majority of "Laugh Now, Cry Later" but there are some skippable tracks like "Smoke Some ....", which does have a nice beat, the forgettable "The Game Lord" and I am not sure what Ice Cube and Lil Jon were thinking with "Holla At Ya Boy". However, there are very few missteps on this CD.
Overall, I think that Ice Cube has made his best CD since "Lethal Injection". He has made a step back to his West Coast gangsta rap days and he has stepped his lyrics up again, which he hadn't done too often since "We Be Clubbin" and the creation of "Don Mega". If you are a fan of Ice Cube from his NWA days and you enjoyed his earlier solo releases like "Amerikkka'z Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" then you will like "Laugh Now, Cry Later. Just imagine a young Ice Cube with alot of "Hollywood" in his lyrics. This is what you will get lyrically from Ice Cube on this CD.
P.S. I still want a NWA reunion CD...lol
James' Top 5
1) Child Support
2) Why We Thugs
3) Go To Church w/Snoop Dogg & Lil Jon
4) Growin' Up
5) Doin' What It 'Pose To Do
He is the definition of hip-hop.
Not all of Ice Cube's previous albums have been outstanding in a sense but despite these non-solid albums, it hasn't seemed to affect him as he raps like a legend to this day.
His tracks that were released before the album were all number 1 songs in my books. It doesn't seem that the radio stations have been too keen about Ice Cube as his music isn't played as often as it should be. The pre-release tracks - "Why We Thugs" and "Child Support" were both A-Class songs and deserve to be credited.
There were few let-downs on this album, a let down may be "Laugh Now, Cry Later" or maybe "Growin' Up" was somewhat not as strong as the others.
The stand-outs on here that REALLY DO stand out are:
Why We Thugs, Child Support, Doin What It 'Pose 2Do, Go To Church, The Nigga Trapp, The Game Lord, Chrome & Paint, Steal The Show and Gotta Lotta That.
The non-mentioned tracks are simply medioka but not bad at all.
I suggest this album to anyone into rap as it is a great example of what rap should be like. Ice Cube is STILL on top of his game.