War & Peace Vol.2 Explicit Lyrics
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|5. Supreme Hustle - Ice Cube|
|6. Mental Warfare (Insert)|
|7. 24 Mo' Hours|
|8. Until We Rich - (with Krayzie Bone)|
|9. You Can Do It - (featuring Mack 10 and Ms. Toi)|
|10. Mackin' & Driving (Insert)|
|11. Gotta Be Insanity|
|12. Roll All Day|
|13. Can You Bounce?|
|14. Dinner With The CEO (Insert)|
|15. Record Company Pimpin'|
|16. Waitin' Ta Hate|
|17. Nigga Of The Century|
Is it too obvious to note that there's little peace to be found on the second volume of Ice Cube's would-be conceptual set? Throughout The Peace Disc, Cube and guests return to the theme "Keep it gangsta"--which at least partly means projecting an image of embattled, weary, but proud warriors at every turn. While strongly produced and delivered, the songs generally don't signify much that we haven't heard before. A few party tracks ("You Can Do It") and the somewhat softhearted "Until We Rich" stand out, but there's little here really worth mentioning in the same breath as Cube classics as far afield as "It Was a Good Day" and "When I Get to Heaven." --Rickey Wright
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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.
Fortunatly, I didn't throw the poor thing away. For whatever reason I revisited the CD and the songs not only grew on me - but I thought they were pretty damn good!
What is unique about Cube is that he continues to evolve in both style and spirit. Like the late Tupac, he has a confused lyrical approach that mixes violent reality with hopeful optimism. I'm almost certain that the former is reflective of his need to give listeners what they want. The latter is reflective of giving listnerers what they NEED. Songs such as "Until We Rich" probably demonstrate Cube at his best - as well as his true feelings about the Black Populace.
Many of today's rappers lack the depth that Ice Cube brings to his art form. Cube's (and this CD) irony is that, very often he seems beyond the "Gangsta" mentality. Sometimes I feel as if still trying to rap about Guns, ...and Weed trivializes his true character. Simply stated - he walked that path and it's time for him to move beyond it.
I don't like to hate about Cube, and if War & Peace vol. 2 was ANYONE else's album I'd have given it 3 stars, but i could only give it 2 cos I know how much better Ice Cube could do. Oh, and if it wasn't for the few hits (you can do it, hello, until we rich) which i did think were kinda phat, with HALF decent rhymes, I'd of given it just 1 star.
But maybe its not all his fault, I mean, he can hardly rap about the stuff he used to now he's got money on a huge scale. But neither should he rap about the stuff he does! Ice Cube's a legend in the rap game and it's a real shame to see what he's reduced his style to. I dunno if he's still got talent or if he's just lost all he had, but I can't somehow imagine that's the case.
Ice Cube the rapper is deteroriting album-by-album, and I'd rather he retired now, retaining the legacy he has built for himself, than released another album like this one and went out like a sucker. DON'T buy this album. Sorry Cube man.
Most recent customer reviews
Has to be one of the best albums ive every heard. The first ice cube album i ever bought and im hooked. This album single handedly turned me into a big cube fan.Published on June 7 2004 by smyth
Not his best, After buying this (along time ago) I still cant get into it. Just something different, like he didnt spend the time that needed to be spent on this album. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by ThatTangySack
I gotta say, after "Lethal Injection" I started to lose interest in "Ice Cube", but with "War & Peace Volume 2", he got me back. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by H3@+h
war is just bad compared to this. Peace album is much better with 24 mo hours bring back the style of the hit single it was a good day. Read morePublished on July 15 2003
This album is full of fat beats and skits and is sure to have you
high for a long time.
'Hello', with Dr Dre and MC Ren is fat as is 'The Gutter [stuff]. Read more
i love ice cube his fall off from the rap game was gettin tired. volume 1 was too much rock but cube did'nt sell out hell no. cube goes back to his roots on here. Read morePublished on May 7 2001 by Sherance M. Brothers
I am a huge Cube fan, those who gave this album a poor rating havent been following Cubes last album. You have to listen to the war disc to get this one. Read morePublished on March 28 2001
Althogh Ive heard worse Ive never bought a worse album. Other than the singles there are NO good songs. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2001 by Noyce