Raw Footage [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Dealing with the good, the bad, and especially the ugly, Raw Footage is an appropriate title for Ice Cube's eighth album. Some kind of subtitle that mentioned the yin and yang of life would have made it perfect because the tracks here are as inclined to paradoxes as the man himself and offer just as few excuses. If you want insight into how a man justifies making family fun movies by day and hardcore rap by night, the only answer offered is that you grow up in this cruel world and you deal any way you know how, something that drives the great "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It." This key track may not be "fair and balanced," but it's honest and revealing as Cube embraces what he...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Dealing with the good, the bad, and especially the ugly, Raw Footage is an appropriate title for Ice Cube's eighth album. Some kind of subtitle that mentioned the yin and yang of life would have made it perfect because the tracks here are as inclined to paradoxes as the man himself and offer just as few excuses. If you want insight into how a man justifies making family fun movies by day and hardcore rap by night, the only answer offered is that you grow up in this cruel world and you deal any way you know how, something that drives the great "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It." This key track may not be "fair and balanced," but it's honest and revealing as Cube embraces what he wants from the good -- a literate life that damns those who "read your first book in the penitentiary" -- and the commonly accepted bad as he attacks Oprah and everyone else who has a problem with hardcore rap using the "N" word. The 187 in "Why Me?" could be a metaphor for the attacks from Cube's detractors ("You want to take the life God handed to me/Send it back to him 'cuz you ain't a fan of me") while "Jack in the Box" suggests he's already won the war with "Fool, I'm the greatest/You just the latest/I'm loved by your grandmamma/And your babies." The album's guiding principle, "only thing I expect is self-check," is dropped in "Get Money, Spend Money, No Money," but the great news is that all these standoffish and self-serving rhymes are written with that whipsmart wit and sit on a bed of wonderfully minimal beats from lesser knowns like Young Fokus and Emile. The only time things sound slick are when an Eddie Kendricks sample meets Angie Stone's vocals on "Hood Mentality," or when the so-big-in-2008 Young Jeezy shows up for the disappointing and out of place "I Got My Locs On." The bombastic intro and interludes with Keith David could go too, but otherwise this no-answers, gritty ego trip will satisfy his fans while pushing everyone else away even further. [A clean version of the CD was also released,.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Lench Mob Records
  • EAN: 5099923463622
  • Catalog Number: 34636
  • Sales rank: 215,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Is a Pyroclastic Flow? (0:54)
  2. 2 I Got My Locs On - Young Jeezy (3:43)
  3. 3 It Takes a Nation (3:26)
  4. 4 Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It (4:41)
  5. 5 Hood Mentality (5:11)
  6. 6 Why Me? (4:00)
  7. 7 Cold Places (4:12)
  8. 8 Jack N the Box (4:22)
  9. 9 Do Ya Thang (3:42)
  10. 10 Thank God (5:28)
  11. 11 Here He Come - Doughboy (4:32)
  12. 12 Get Money, Spend Money, No Money (4:07)
  13. 13 Get Use to It - R. Brooks (4:25)
  14. 14 Tomorrow (3:40)
  15. 15 Stand Tall (3:46)
  16. 16 Take Me Away (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ice Cube Primary Artist
DeVere Duckett Background Vocals
John Murphy Keyboards
Angie Stone Background Vocals
WC Background Vocals
Barbara Wilson Background Vocals
Warryn Campbell Various
Traci Nelson Background Vocals
Musiq (Soulchild) Vocals
Keith David Vocals, Spoken Word, Voiceover
Romeo Johnson Background Vocals
Shareef Jackson Background Vocals
O'Shea Jackson Jr. Background Vocals
George Mathews Keyboards
DJ Crazytoones scratching
Technical Credits
Ice Cube Composer
Tom Brock Engineer
Warryn Campbell Composer, Instrumentation
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Will Ragland Art Direction
Young Jeezy Composer
Deejon Underdue Composer
P.N.O. Composer
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