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Ice Cube

Ice Cube was the first member of the seminal California rap group N.W.A. to leave, and he quickly established himself as one of hip-hop's best and most controversial artists. From the outset of his career, he courted controversy, since his rhymes were profane and political. As a solo artist, his politics and social commentary sharpened substantially, and his first two records, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and Death Certificate, were equally praised and reviled for their lyrical stance, which happened to be considerably more articulate than many of his gangsta peers. As his career progressed, Cube's influence began to decline, particularly as he tried to incorporate elements of contemporary groups like Cypress Hill into his sound, but his stature never diminished, and he remained one of the biggest rap stars throughout the '90s.

For such a revolutionary figure, Cube (born O'Shea Jackson) came from a surprisingly straight background. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, where both of his parents had jobs at UCLA, Cube didn't become involved with b-boy culture until his late teens. He began writing raps while in high school, including "Boyz-n-the Hood." With his partner Sir Jinx, Cube began rapping in a duo called CIA at parties hosted by Dr. Dre, and he eventually met Eazy-E, then leading a group called HBO, through Dre. Eazy asked Cube to write a rap, and he presented them with "Boyz-n-the Hood," which was rejected. Eazy decided to leave CIA, and he, Cube, and Dre formed the first incarnation of N.W.A. Cube left to study architectural drafting at Phoenix, AZ, in 1987, returning the following year after he obtained a one-year degree. He arrived just in time for N.W.A.'s breakthrough album, Straight Outta Compton. Released late in 1988, Straight Outta Compton became an underground hit over the course of 1989, and its extreme lyrical content -- which was over-the-top both lyrically and politically -- attracted criticism, most notably from the FBI.

N.W.A. may have been rivaling Public Enemy as the most notorious group in hip-hop, but Cube was having deep conflicts with their management, resulting in him leaving the band in late 1989. He went to New York with his new posse, da Lench Mob, and recorded his first solo album with Public Enemy's production team, the Bomb Squad. Released in the spring of 1990, his debut AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted was an instant hit, going gold within its first two weeks of release. While the record's production and Cube's rhythmic skills were praised, his often violent, homophobic, and misogynist lyrics were criticized, particularly by the rock press and moral watchdogs. Even amid such controversy, the album was hailed as a groundbreaking classic within hip-hop, and it established Cube as an individual force. He began his own corporation, which was run by a woman, and he produced the debut album from his female protégée, Yo-Yo. At the end of 1990, he released the EP Kill at Will, which was followed in the spring by Yo-Yo's debut, Make Way for the Motherlode. That summer, his acting debut in John Singleton's acclaimed urban drama Boyz 'n the Hood was widely praised.

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted may have been controversial, but it paled next the furor surrounding Cube's second album, Death Certificate. Released late in 1991, Death Certificate was simultaneously more political and vulgar than its predecessor, causing more outrage. In particular, "No Vaseline," a vicious attack on N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, was perceived as anti-Semitic, and "Black Korea" was taken as a racist invocation to burn down all Korean-owned grocery stores. The songs provoked a public condemnation from the trade publication Billboard. It was the first time an artist had been singled out by the magazine. The furor over Death Certificate didn't prevent it from reaching number two and going platinum. During 1992, he toured with the second Lollapalooza tour in a successful attempt to consolidate his white rock audience. He also converted to the Nation of Islam during 1992, which was evident on his next album, The Predator. Upon its release in December of 1992, The Predator became the first album to debut at number one on both the pop and R&B charts. The steady-rolling single "It Was a Good Day" and the Das EFX collaboration "Check Yo Self" made the album Cube's most popular.

However, Cube's hold on the mass rap audience was beginning to slip. His former colleague, Dre, was dominating hip-hop with his stoned G-funk, and Cube tried to keep pace with 1993's Lethal Injection. While the album debuted at number five and went platinum, its funkier sound wasn't well-received. Lethal Injection was Cube's last official album for several years. In 1994, he wrote and produced da Lench Mob's debut, Guerillas in tha Mist, and produced Kam's debut, Neva Again, releasing a remix and rarities collection Bootlegs & B-Sides at the end of the year. In 1995, he kept quiet, appearing in Singleton's film Higher Learning and making amends with Dre on their duet "Natural Born Killaz." The following year, he acted in the comedy Friday, which he wrote himself. He also formed Westside Connection with Mack 10 and WC, releasing their debut album, Bow Down, at the end of the year. It went gold within its first month of release. In the spring of 1997, Cube starred in the surprise hit horror film Anaconda. War & Peace, Vol. 1 (The War Disc), followed in 1998; its sequel, The Peace Disc, followed two years later.

Cube spent the next few years devoting his time to film. Three Kings, Ghosts of Mars, and the big hit Barbershop all appeared in theaters before the rapper returned to music with Westside Connection's sophomore effort, Terrorist Threats, which appeared in 2003. Three years later he revived his barely used Lench Mobb label for his solo comeback album, Laugh Now, Cry Later. In the Movies, a compilation of soundtrack cuts, was put together for a 2007 release. A year later he returned with Raw Footage, an album filled with Cube's observations on politics along with the single "I Got My Locs On" featuring special guest Young Jeezy. His 2010 effort I Am the West was a family affair, with his sons Doughboy and OMG making guest appearances.

In 2012, Cube announced the release of a new album, Everythang's Corrupt. However after releasing a number of singles over the coming years, the album release was delayed indefinitely as he switched focus back to the legacy of N.W.A. Along with Dr. Dre, Cube began work on a biopic about the origins and rise of their seminal '90s gangsta rap group. His son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. was cast to portray him. In 2015, the critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated Straight Outta Compton was released. The film made over $200 million worldwide at the box office and inspired Dr. Dre's third solo album, Compton, which included a reunion between Cube and Dre on "Issues." With N.W.A.'s cultural resurgence and mainstream recognition of their legacy in the history of rap and hip-hop, the group received another honor for their contribution to music with their induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I Am The West (Explicit)

1. A Boy Was Conceived (Intro)

2. Soul On Ice

5. Urbanian

8. I Rep That West (Edited)

9. Drink The Kool-Aid

10. No Country For Young Men

11. It Is What It Is

12. Hood Robbin'

13. Your Money Or Your Life

14. Nothing Like L.A.

15. All Day Everyday

16. Fat Cat

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Track List: Raw Footage (Explicit)

1. What Is A Pyroclastic Flow ?

2. I Got My Locs On

3. It Takes A Nation

4. Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It

5. Hood Mentality

6. Why Me?

7. Cold Places

8. Jack N The Box

9. Do Ya Thang

10. Thank God

11. Here He Come

12. Get Money, Spend Money, No Money

14. Tomorrow

15. Stand Tall

16. Take Me Away

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Track List: In The Movies (Explicit)

1. Roll All Day

3. You Can Do It

7. We Be Clubbin'

9. The Wrong N**ga To F**k Wit

13. Ghetto Vet

14. Friday

15. $100 Dollar Bill Y'all

16. How To Survive In South Central

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Track List: Laugh Now, Cry Later (Explicit)

1. Definition Of A West Coast G' (Intro)

2. Why We Thugs

3. Smoke Some Weed

5. Child Support

6. 2 Decades Ago

7. Doin' What It 'Pose 2Do

8. Laugh Now, Cry Later

9. Stop Snitchin'

10. Go To Church

12. A History Of Violence

13. Growin' Up

14. Click, Clack - Get Back!

15. The Game Lord

17. Steal The Show

19. Spittin' Pollaseeds

20. Holla @ Cha' Boy

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Track List: Greatest Hits (Explicit)

1. Pushin' Weight

2. Check Yo Self

3. We Be Clubbin'

4. $100 Dollar Bill Ya'll

5. Once Upon A Time In The Projects

7. Hello

8. You Can Do It

9. You Know How We Do It

10. It Was A Good Day

12. What Can I Do?

13. My Summer Vacation

14. Steady Mobbin'

15. Jackin' For Beats

16. The ***** Ya Love To Hate

17. In The Late Night Hour

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Track List: War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) (Explicit)

1. Hello

2. Pimp Homeo

5. Supreme Hustle

6. Mental Warfare

7. 24 Mo' Hours

8. Until We Rich

9. You Can Do It

11. Gotta Be Insanity

12. Roll All Day

13. Can You Bounce

14. Dinner With The Ceo

15. Record Company Pimpin

16. Waitin Ta Hate

17. N**ga Of The Century

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Track List: War & Peace Vol. I (The War Disc) (Explicit)

1. Ask About Me

2. Pushin' Weight

3. Dr. Frankenstein

5. War & Peace

6. Ghetto Vet

7. Greed

9. Cash Over A**

10. The Curse Of Money

11. The Peckin' Order

13. Once Upon A Time In The Projects 2

15. X-B**ches

16. Extradition

17. 3 Strikes You In

18. Penitentiary

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Track List: Lethal Injection (Explicit)

1. The Shot (Intro)

2. Really Doe

3. Ghetto Bird

4. You Know How We Do It

5. Cave B**ch

7. What Can I Do?

9. Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth

10. Down For Whatever

11. Enemy

12. When I Get To Heaven

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Track List: The Predator

1. The First Day Of School - Intro

2. When Will They Shoot?

3. I'm Scared

4. Wicked

5. Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha

6. The Predator

7. It Was A Good Day

8. We Had To Tear This Motherf**ker Up

9. F**k 'Em

10. Dirty Mack

11. Don't Trust 'Em

12. Gangsta's Fairytale 2

13. Check Yo Self

14. Who Got The Camera?

15. Integration

16. Say Hi To The Bad Guy

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Track List: Death Certificate

1. The Funeral

2. The Wrong N**ga To F**k 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 S**t

19. Us

20. No Vaseline

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Track List: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Explicit)

1. Better Off Dead

2. The N**** Ya Love To Hate

3. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

4. What They Hittin' Foe?

5. You Can't Fade Me

6. Once Upon A Time In The Projects

7. Turn Off The Radio

8. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside)

9. A Gangsta's Fairytale

12. The Drive-By

13. Rollin' Wit The Lench Mob

14. Who's The Mack?

15. It's A Man's World

16. The Bomb

17. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) (Remix)

18. Jackin' For Beats

20. The Product

21. Dead Homiez

23. I Gotta Say What Up!!!

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Track List: Kill At Will (Explicit)

1. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) Remix

2. Jackin' For Beats

4. The Product

5. Dead Homiez

7. I Gotta Say What Up!!!

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Track List: Come And Get It (Single)

1. Come And Get It

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Track List: Crowded (Single)

1. Crowded

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Track List: Drink The Kool-Aid (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. Drink The Kool-Aid

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Track List: Drop Girl (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: I Rep That West (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. I Rep That West

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Track List: Sasquatch (Single)

1. Sasquatch

2. Sasquatch

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