This album almost redeems WAR; now you could make a good single-CD compilation off of the 2 albums. This album leans very heavily on the "peace" side of the equation, though of course it has enough gangsta posturing to stand on its own.
The most obvious "peace" element is the NWA-reunion on the song "Hello" which begins the album. The song itself is only ok, but the reunion itself dramatizes the whole making-peace concept, especially when you consider how heavily Cube slammed Dr Dre, MC Ren et al in "No Vaseline", the last track from DEATH CERTIFICATE (or a later album where Cube yells "Yo, Dre! Stick to producin!"). Working with Dre and Ren on this track is a powerful statement.
The other "peace" tracks are the excellent "24 Mo' Hours" and "Until We Rich". The album includes dancefloor numbers like "You Can Do It" and "Can U Bounce". It also includes some humor - which WAR was almost completely missing - in the somewhat funny "Pimp Homeo" insert and "You Ain't Gotta Lie (Ta Kick It)", and the hilarious "Mackin' & Driving" insert and "Roll All Day", my personal favorite song on the album. The cautionary "Dinner With The CEO" / "Record Company Pimpin'" round out the meat of the album with the words: "Mommas, don't let your kids grow up to rappers. Unless you tell em if they're gonna get in this business they betta lern this business. Or they're gonna get .... Simple as that."
Good stuff. It doesn't have the power of Cube's early stuff, but it proves he still has things to say - maybe different things, now that he's grown up a little. It's enough to make me look forward to another album, where WAR almost made me think Cube might be done as an interesting artist.