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Death Certificate Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered

4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 4 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008BL9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
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1. The Funeral
2. The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit
3. My Summer Vacation
4. Steady Mobbin'
5. Robin Lench
6. Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out
7. Look Who's Burnin'
8. A Bird In The Hand
9. Man's Best Friend
10. Alive On Arrival
11. Death
12. The Birth
13. I Wanna Kill Sam
14. Horny Lil' Devil
15. Black Korea
16. True To The Game
17. Color Blind
18. Doing Dumb Shit
19. Us
20. No Vaseline
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
This is Ice Cube at his apex. He did good work with NWA, and his first LP was pretty good, the EP was pretty good, but this album is just fantastic. The beats are great with production by the Bomb Squad (Chuck-D's crew), the lyrics are tight, but what makes this album so good is the concept. I first bought this on tape so the concept is more understandable and every single song had a purpose; the first side is straight up gangsta with bombs like My Summer Vacation, Bird in the Hand, and Look Who's Burnin, while the second side is more pro-black with strong (and some, not me, would consider over the top) songs like Horny Little Devil, True to the Game (which is still the funniest video I ever saw), and Color Blind. But then at the very end he serves NWA some hot fire with "No Vaseline", a response to "Real Niggaz". This is what the War and Piece albums tried to be but didn't come close. By that time Cube had become a movie star wearing top hats. But this album is not only classic Cube but classic hip-hop. This album makes most of today's hip-hop, which is devoid of concept and talent, look like doo doo.
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Format: Audio CD
Ice Cube may have maxxed out early with this release: He covers the gambit of gangsta rap and does it superbly in his definitive style. It's no wonder The Predator and Lethal Injection feel lame in comparison. Though some have been disturbed by the album's content, calling it homophobic, sexist, racist, etc., I don't think that Ice Cube is saying that he's right, or that people should be what he raps about in his songs. Since it's infancy, rap and hip-hop have been more of a medium for painting pictures of black life and culture, and it's not always about being positive or making things better -- it's about getting the issues out on the table. This album represents the views of a pissed off, hetrosexual, black male, but doesn't offer any apologies. Taking middle ground on an ablum that is infused with rage doesn't make any sense. When Cube expresses his anger with Korean grocery store owners in black neighborhoods, it's more out of frustration and the feeling of a lack of black ownership, and it certainly doesn't call for violence against Koreans. I seriously doubt Ice Cube actually condones this type of violence. More to the point, the song is more about the anger that existed in black neighborhoods at the time, something many people were not aware of until the LA Riots.
Musically, the record is on point, with great beats and samples. I thought this CD showcased a little more funk in the music than AmeriKKKa's, which was a nice touch. The addition of How to Surive in South Central makes this album essential for 90s hip hop fans.
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Format: Audio CD
Man, you'd think that after setting the world on fire with Amerikkka's Most Wanted, there would be no way that Ice Cube could top that album. But with his second release Death Certificate, he comes VERY CLOSE. This album is SO EXCELLENT that after playing it the first time, you'd have to play over again. In 1991, Cube came hard once again, showing us a venomous taste in some political issues for this record. It's another one of my favorite album. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: The ENTIRE album, even the skits are worth listening to.
Production: Thumbs up.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up, he came politically correct on this one.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: Ice Cube had the West Coast ON LOCK with this album in 1991, even more so than N.W.A. at the time with the release of their lackluster album NIGGAZ4LIFE (by the way, check out the BRUTAL dis of N.W.A. on this album entitled "No Vaseline"). Overall, another STRONG RECOMMENDATION on this album, one of the greatest sequels EVER in hip hop. You won't be disappointed if you purchase this.
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Format: Audio CD
The Amerikka's Most Wanted has nothing on this classic which surprised me. This kind of production you rarely see and for that he received 5 mics from the source. The most racially and gruesome album yet, Ice Cube at this point in his career was standing on the top of rap being the icon of gansta rap for years to follow. He became a muslim and became a massive rap machince. The intro going to the first song on the death side called "The Wrong N***A To F**k" started the rage and thoughout the CD songs like Color Blind, A Bird in The Hand, I Wanna Kill Sam, Black Korea, the whole CD is just masterful. It talks about the riots before they even got started in LA. Most songs are in depth and true about that period of time in America. Yes Ice Cube had people shook, even his old group who he dissed on NO VASELINE. You have to cop this album. I can desribe every song but, I wouldn't have enough room to list all the complex opinions I have. A definite top 15 rap CD of all-time!!
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By Ben on April 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
THIS ALBUM IS WACK, pathetic lyrics, no upsides, it is worth 0 stars dont waste time or money on this trash...if u want REAL true rap by THE best rapper and THE best lyricist ever to enter the rap industry, turn your head to ESHAM. get Dead flowerz, Kkkill the fetus, closed casket, booming words from hell, bruce wayne, Tongues (for the newer fans), Repentance (also for the new fans), or any esham album (he has about 20, proves how much better a rapper he is), ice cube aint that bad when u compare him to p*ssy ass rappers such as eminem 50 cent jay-z ja rule dmx obie trice d12 etc...but since i am hooked on esham and natas (if u think they r satanic get ur facts right, there not, and listen to newer stuff for all u soft-hearted ones) i have very high standards....and this duz not come ANYWHERE close to them...sorry ice cube try again...oh wait u already have....and this is prob his best album....that sez something about the other albums considering how bad this one is....
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