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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Priority Records
  • EAN: 5099923659124
  • Catalog Number: 36591
  • Sales rank: 80,229

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go to Church - Lil Jon (3:51)
  2. 2 A Bird in the Hand (2:12)
  3. 3 Ghetto Vet (4:38)
  4. 4 Greed (4:28)
  5. 5 Supreme Hustle (3:37)
  6. 6 It Was a Good Day (4:20)
  7. 7 Spittin' Pollaseeds - Kokane (5:02)
  8. 8 Rollin' with the Lench Mob (3:44)
  9. 9 The Wrong Ni**a to F*ck Wit (2:49)
  10. 10 When Will They Shoot? (4:35)
  11. 11 Why We Thugs/Smoke Some Weed - WC (6:15)
  12. 12 Givin' Up the Nappy Dugout (4:13)
  13. 13 A Gangsta's Fairytale (3:01)
  14. 14 Check Yo Self (3:42)
  15. 15 What Can I Do? (4:20)
  16. 16 War & Peace (2:58)
  17. 17 Dead Homiez (3:53)
  18. 18 Cold Places (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ice Cube Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ernie Isley Composer
Rich Nice Producer
Bobcat Producer
Chris Jasper Composer
The Bomb Squad Producer
D-Mac Producer
Ronald Dunbar Composer
Lawrence Muggerud Composer
Muggs Producer
DJ Pooh Producer
Garry Shider Composer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Producer
Sir Jinx Producer
Loren Hill Producer
Donnie Sterling Composer
Anna Wheaton Composer
Carl Thompson Producer
88X Unit Producer
A. Jackson Composer
Teke Underduze Producer
Soren Baker Liner Notes
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
William Collins Composer
David "D-Lo" Lopez Engineer, Mastering
Deejon Underdue Producer
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