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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 7, 2018 | Cubevision JV New Agreements

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2001 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 9, 2017 | Cubevision JV New Agreements

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 16, 1990 | Priority Records, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 7, 1993 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 17, 1992 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2008 | Priority Records

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Replacing 2001's Greatest Hits, Ice Cube's 2008 compilation The Essentials sticks with the post-N.W.A solo releases -- no Westside Connection tracks here -- and updates with tracks from the West Coast legend's later releases. The bad news is that "Cold Pieces" is chosen off 2008's Raw Footage instead of the superior "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It," plus the great "Bop Gun" is missing -- but that's it for big blunders. "It Was a Good Day," "Check Yo Self," and the early burner "Dead Homiez" are all here, along with the slept-on classic "Greed" and the fan favorite "Rollin' with the Lench Mob." Release dates are shuffled into a running order that makes sense and while the liner notes are minimal, the essay from hip-hop writer Soren Baker is informed and insightful. Buy this along with the 2007 collection In the Movies and you've got a great portable collection, but the problem with compiling Cubes discography are the three vital albums -- AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, and The Predator -- that kicked off his solo career. Put a box around those three, throw in a disc of singles, and you've got the real essentials -- but this will do in a pinch. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 3, 2015 | Cover City Rec.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2001 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 1994 | Priority Records

Following the relentless intensity of his early-'90s albums, particularly his post-Rodney King statement, The Predator (1992), Ice Cube reclined a bit and put his rap career on autopilot beginning with Lethal Injection, the last album he would record for five years. Yes, it's a disappointing album, but it's not terrible by any measure. Even if Ice Cube is a little devoid of substance here relative to his rabble-rousing past, he's still a talented rapper, and he has one of the West Coast's premier producers, QDIII, joining him for almost half the album. Unfortunately, much of what made Ice Cube's early-'90s albums so electric -- his thoughtfulness, wit, hostility, energy, and social consciousness -- is sadly in short supply. For compensation, Ice Cube offers a few standout singles, namely "You Know How We Do It" and "Bop Gun (One Nation)." The former follows the successful template that worked a year earlier with "It Was a Good Day" -- a laid-back G-funk ballad laced with an old-school funk vibe; the latter clocks over 11 minutes, an epic ode to George Clinton's P-Funk legacy. These two songs undoubtedly rank alongside Ice Cube's best work ever. There are a few other songs like "Really Doe" and "Ghetto Bird" that also stand out, but even these songs sound rather lackluster relative to Ice Cube's previous work. He's obviously not interested in making an album as daring and ambitious as The Predator again, and you can't really blame him. After all, Ice Cube had delivered three brilliant albums, and a similarly brilliant EP as well, Kill at Will (1990), in just three years, not to mention his then-burgeoning role as an actor. He deserved a break. But at least he took the time to craft two standout singles that alone make this album worthwhile for fans. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 1998 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 25, 2016 | Atlantic Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 8, 2014 | LENCH MOB PRODUCTIONS (LM2)

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 1994 | Priority Records

As Ice Cube albums became few and far between once the rapper turned actor, Priority Records started gathering up a few compilations, one less interesting one being Bootlegs & B-Sides. The 13 tracks are mostly throwaways, not necessarily bad but not necessarily good either. The few gems buried here are remixes of Cube's biggest hits: "Check Yo Self," "It Was a Good Day," and "You Know How We Do It." The others will interest mainly completists. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2007 | Priority Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2013 | Caroline Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | LENCH MOB PRODUCTIONS (LM2)

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 1, 1990 | Priority Records

Ice Cube's riveting debut album, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, was still burning up the charts when Priority Records released this EP, which lacks that album's overall excellence but has its moments. With Kill at Will, Cube unveiled his engaging "The Product" and "Dead Homiez," a poignant lament for the victims of black-on-black crime that is among the best songs he's ever written. Enjoyable but not essential are remixes of "Endangered Species (Tales From the Darkside)" and the outrageous "Get Off My Dick and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here." Clearly, Kill at Will was intended for hardcore fans rather than casual listeners. [The EP was later added to a 2003 expanded edition of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.] ~ Alex Henderson
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2013 | LENCH MOB PRODUCTIONS (LM2)

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2008 | EMI America Records

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