Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Ice Cube
     
 

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Although the 17-track Greatest Hits covers all phases of Ice Cube's solo career in an extremely balanced fashion, it isn't quite the last word on one of the most seminal figures in hardcore and gangsta rap. It is definitely a worthwhile purchase, since it collects all the best singles from Cube's more uneven latter-day efforts; there are also two newSee more details below

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Although the 17-track Greatest Hits covers all phases of Ice Cube's solo career in an extremely balanced fashion, it isn't quite the last word on one of the most seminal figures in hardcore and gangsta rap. It is definitely a worthwhile purchase, since it collects all the best singles from Cube's more uneven latter-day efforts; there are also two new cuts (although "In the Late Night Hour" has a lot of rewritten N.W.A. rhymes) and a couple that have never appeared on an Ice Cube album: the soundtrack contribution "We Be Clubbin'" and the Westside Connection single "Bow Down" (which are nice for collectors but not all that essential). That occasional filler makes it all the more frustrating that the classic "Dead Homiez" is inexcusably nowhere to be found, and that it apparently wasn't possible to license Cube's duet with Dr. Dre on "Natural Born Killaz." Selection issues aside, the singles from the post-Predator era prove that in his best moments, Cube could be a credible radio-crossover artist and keep up with contemporary production trends. As a storyteller (a facet of his work that's underrepresented here), Cube had a knack for keenly observed detail, as evidenced on "Once Upon a Time in the Projects" and his laid-back masterpiece "It Was a Good Day." Still, it doesn't quite add up to a classic compilation. Perhaps the problem is that while Greatest Hits is a fine, listenable portrait of Ice Cube the sometime-hitmaker and full-time hip-hop celebrity, it doesn't completely capture the provocative, incendiary qualities that made him an icon in the first place (for that, listeners will have to go back to AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and Death Certificate). For a fully fleshed-out picture of Cube's career, though, Greatest Hits is a very good place to go. [Greatest Hits was also released in a clean version with all the profanities edited out. Since Ice Cube is quite possibly the angriest rapper who ever lived, this slices huge chunks out of some songs and totally disrupts the flow of the music; unless you're a radio programmer or a teenager with strict parents, it's really pointless.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2001
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0724352909223
catalogNumber:
29092
Rank:
94401

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
MC Ren   Track Performer
Dr. Dre   Track Performer
George Clinton   Track Performer
Mack 10   Track Performer
Short Khop   Track Performer
Pusha T   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Walter "Junie" Morrison   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Bomb Squad   Producer
G. Clinton   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Garry Shider   Composer
Roger   Composer
N.O. Joe   Producer
Laylaw   Remixing
Jinx   Producer
Chilly Chill   Producer
QDIII   Composer
Andrew M. Shack   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
88X Unit   Producer
Boogie Men   Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Mel-Man   Composer
Budda   Producer
Colin Jahn   Art Direction
One Eye   Producer

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