- Audio CD (March 4 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import, Original recording remastered
- Label: EMI Music Canada
- ASIN: B00008BL9W
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record | Camera
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Death Certificate Explicit Lyrics, Import, Original recording remastered
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Ice Cube ~ Death Certificate
With benefit of hindsight, we now understand that most rappers are indeed earnest, but few intend their words to be taken with the same weight as a heartfelt proclamation by a guitar-strumming folkie. Ice Cube's third solo release, taken the wrong way, is a hateful tract full of misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and violently prejudicial remarks toward just about every other ethnic group; anyone missed in this skein was an oversight. However, with the exception of some choice words for NWA's former manager, Cube's remarks are best seen as caricatures--well, OK, grotesques--rather than perspectives. His spoken intros and the way in which the songs broke into episodes broadly hinted at Ice Cube's move into film. Years later, it's easier to ignore the hateful spew and admire the formal innovations featured on this recording, which helped make Ice Cube into a multimedia star. --Martin Johnson --This text refers to the LP Record edition.
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"The Wrong N---- To F--- Wit" has Ice Cube setting the tone for the entire album as he shows he's not backing down from anything and everything. "My Summer Vacation" is storytelling at its best. One of Cube's many classics, with a superb beat. "Steady Mobbin'" seems more like an introspective into his life as he explains why he has do what he does. "Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out" is a funny song with a protective dad who won't let her daughter go out with a "shady character" like Ice Cube. "Look Who's Burnin'" is a timeless classic about STD's. "A Bird In The Hand" talks about the hardships minorities face growing up. It has one of best lines on the album "a bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush", a quick shot at George Bush. "Man's Best Friend" is a great song about why man's new best friend is a gun, not a dog because of the changing times. "Alive On Arrival" is the highlight of the album as Ice Cube runs through an unbelievable story beginning with him getting shot and having to go to an overworked, run-down county hospital. "I Wanna Kill Sam" is self-explanatory as Uncle Sam is not Cube's favorite Uncle. "Horny Lil' Devil" is Cube using his sense of humor with interracial relationships. "Black Korea" is Cube again being over-the-top and using his humor to show his detest for Korean store owners in the ghetto. On "Color Blind" Cube goes through a story about how he's not down with the gangs and says he's "color blind". "US" is an introspective look as Ice Cube attacks his own culture and addresses African-American problems. "No Vaseline" is a viscious attack at N.W.A. and Ruthless records.
This is one of the greatest and most focused albums of all-time. Great production and amazing storytelling from Ice Cube make this an album that every hip-hop fan should have.
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This album has so many good tracks on it I probably could list them all -- some...Read more