Laugh Now, Cry Later

Laugh Now, Cry Later

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by Ice Cube
     
 

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As Ice Cube's 2006 Laugh Now, Cry Later was landing in stores, all the chatter was about whether or not Cube was back, and whether or not he could recover from a couple of lackluster solo albums that came out years ago. Did his major contribution to Westside Connection's satisfying 2003 album Terrorist Threats slipSee more details below

Overview

As Ice Cube's 2006 Laugh Now, Cry Later was landing in stores, all the chatter was about whether or not Cube was back, and whether or not he could recover from a couple of lackluster solo albums that came out years ago. Did his major contribution to Westside Connection's satisfying 2003 album Terrorist Threats slip everybody's mind and do we have to consider that release "slept on"? Laugh Now picks up right where Terrorist Threats left off, and while Cube does a little "this is why I'm important" posturing on the excellent "Child Support," this isn't a forced "I'm back" effort in the least. After a short intro, Cube goes right for the upper classes' throats with "Guns and Drugs," a track that acknowledges that there was a George Bush in office when he began his solo career, there's a George Bush in office as he returns to it, and he doesn't much care for either. Switching gears, the following club track "Smoke Some Weed" gives everyone the finger in a much less socially conscious manner. The track's rain stick and East Indian vocal loops constructed by producer Budda give the album its most riveting beat, the competition supplied by various upstarts and, surprisingly, Lil Jon, who upstages the heralded Scott Storch and his underwhelming contributions. Lil Jon tweaks his usual crunk juice and blends some West into his South for the low-riding "Go to Church" and "You Gotta Lotta That," both with Snoop. Just as satisfying, "Doin' What It 'Pose 2 Do" is a modern banger that's well aware of the 2006 success of folks like Bun B and Z-Ro. It's only when Cube jumps on the "Stop Snitchin'" bandwagon that he sounds the least bit unnatural. He also scores a lyrical triumph with the title track, but unlike his early classics, Laugh Now stumbles occasionally and fails to keep the momentum going through the whole fourth quarter. This is his first effort on his own independent label, so if the album lacks a little final product-minded polish, it trades it for a homegrown feel that's distinctively direct. Strip a couple redundant tracks and you've got that bitter, edgy, and sharp Cube album you hoped for.

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His most inspired work in ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Lench Mob Records
UPC:
0094636593920
catalogNumber:
65939
Rank:
8782

Tracks

  1. Definition of a West Coast G' (Intro)  - Ice Cube
  2. Why We Thugs  - Ice Cube
  3. Smoke Some Weed  - Ice Cube
  4. Dimes & Nicks (A Call from Mike Epps)  - Ice Cube
  5. Child Support  - Ice Cube
  6. 2 Decades Ago  - Ice Cube
  7. Doin' What It 'Pose 2Do  - Ice Cube
  8. Laugh Now, Cry Later  - Ice Cube
  9. Stop Snitchin'  - Ice Cube
  10. Go to Church  - Lil Jon
  11. The Nigga Trapp  - Ice Cube
  12. A History of Violence (Insert)  - Ice Cube
  13. Growin' Up  - Ice Cube
  14. Click, Clack - Get Back!  - Ice Cube
  15. The Game Lord  - Ice Cube
  16. Chrome & Paint  -  WC
  17. Steal the Show  - Ice Cube
  18. You Gotta Lotta That  - Snoop Dogg
  19. Spittin' Pollaseeds  -  Kokane
  20. Holla @ Cha' Boy  - Ice Cube

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist,Rap
Snoop Dogg   Rap
WC   Rap
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Kokane   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Lil Jon   Rap
Chris Carmouche   Keyboards
Tracy Lee Nelson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Minnie Riperton   Composer
C.P. Love   Composer
Snoop Dogg   Composer
Keith Crouch   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Kipper Jones   Composer
L.V.   Composer,Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
Kokane   Composer
D-Maq   Producer
Gene Dozier   Composer
Rahsaan Patterson   Composer
Lane Tietgen   Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Lil Jon   Producer,drum programming
Swizz Beatz   Composer,Producer
Bud'da   Audio Production
DJ Green Lantern   Composer
O.B. Jackson   Composer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
Deejon Underdue   Producer

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