Essentials

The Essentials

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by Ice Cube
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
5099923659124
catalogNumber:
36591
Rank:
87941

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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
Bomb Squad   Producer
D-Mac   Producer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Lawrence Muggerud   Composer
Muggs   Producer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Garry Shider   Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler   Producer
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
Deejon Underdue   Producer
Scott Storch   Producer

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