War & Peace, Vol. 2: The Peace Disc

War & Peace, Vol. 2: The Peace Disc

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by Ice Cube
     
 

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Before he made a mint playing lovable tough guys in Hollywood, Ice Cube was once best known as the brazen frontman for gangsta rap progenitors N.W.A. On WAR & PEACE VOL. 2, the now affable Cube proves he hasn't lost his street cred thanks to tough, no sellout rhyme standards, or his street smarts, judging by some very shrewd collaborations

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Before he made a mint playing lovable tough guys in Hollywood, Ice Cube was once best known as the brazen frontman for gangsta rap progenitors N.W.A. On WAR & PEACE VOL. 2, the now affable Cube proves he hasn't lost his street cred thanks to tough, no sellout rhyme standards, or his street smarts, judging by some very shrewd collaborations with Dr. Dre, Mack 10, and others. Although his latest doesn't exactly hold up to its literary counterpart, Cube offers 14 hard-hittin' tracks full of "life ain't nothin' but bitches and money" tall tales that will boom in jeeps throughout the summer. Standout tracks include "Hello," which includes shots from ex-NWA brethren Dr. Dre and MC Ren (with taut, crisp production by Dre); the comical "You Ain't Gotta Lie (Ta Kick It)," featuring comedian Chris Rock; and the uplifting "Until We Rich," featuring Krayzie Bone. After all these years in the rap game, it's nice to know we can still count on Ice Cube to deliver that original gangsta flavor.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The second volume of Ice Cube's War & Peace album finds the multi-talented veteran MC evolving beyond a mere gangsta rap artist. Of course, Ice Cube doesn't admit his maturity, starting the album off with an excellent song titled "Hello" featuring MC Ren and Dr. Dre. The Dre-produced song has the ex-NWA members rapping "I started this gangsta ****/and this is the ************ thanks I get?" and reinstating their thug stance. Besides this opening song, Cube also is heard later on the album rapping to "keep in gangsta," yet for as much as Cube flexes about being hard, he has actually evolved into a wiser, more composed artist than the hate-fueled gangsta found on his early albums. Some of the songs on War & Peace, Vol. 2 such as "Record Company Pimpin'" reflect the deep insight he is easily capable of injecting into his lyrics. Unfortunately, for every contemplative moment on this album, there are also plenty of songs such as "Can You Bounce?" and "Hello" that reduce themselves to simple, lucid attempts at hit singles. These songs -- along with the slightly more thought-out, radio-friendly "Until We Rich" -- are wonderful songs, rich in hooks and full of strong beats, but they don't really fit in with the rest of the album. The fact that Ice Cube churned out two albums of content during his lengthy absence from the rap world in the late '90s makes the two volumes of War & Peace overly eclectic. What made albums such as Straight Outta Compton and AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted such strong albums were consistency; Dr. Dre and the Bomb Squad, respectively, were able to map out an overall musical feel for these albums with their signature styles and unique motifs. Instead of having a fully realized sound such as the aforementioned albums, the revolving door of production on War & Peace that includes Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy, and One Eye for One Eye among others makes this album sound very undeceive in terms of style. Cube's rapping sounds great with plenty of ideas that extend outside of simple gangsta motifs and slick rhymes full of wit; however, the constant changes in the album from hook-laden hits to denser, message-filled songs and from stark, minimal beats to up-tempo dance-rap make this a sometimes brilliant yet ultimately spotty, multi-dimensional album that needs more focus.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0049925001525
catalogNumber:
50015

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
Chris Rock   Track Performer
MC Ren   Track Performer
Chris "The Glove" Taylor   Keyboards
Krayzie Bone   Track Performer
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Ms. Toi   Background Vocals
Squeek-Ru   Track Performer
Ralphie Boy   Keyboards
Traci Nelson   Background Vocals
Pain In Da Ass   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Dr. Dre   Producer
G. Clinton   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
R. Neal   Composer
Erick Sermon   Composer
C. Thompson   Composer
Mario Winans   Producer
P. Smith   Composer
Loren Hill   Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
Maggie Magarian   Artwork
Claude "Swifty" Achille   Engineer
Art Shoji   Art Direction
Andre Young   Composer
Bud'da   Producer
Mel-Man   Producer
Craig Mullins   Artwork
T. Anderson   Composer
L.T. Patterson   Composer
O'Shea Jackson   Composer
Otis Jackson   Composer
A. Williams   Composer
T. Gray   Composer
Colin Jahn   Artwork

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War & Peace, Vol. 2: The Peace Disc 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd should be used as a drink coaster. Week rhymes from a one time hardcore lyricist. Should continue to make movies. One hot song on the whole cd, the one with Krazie Bone.I wouldn't play this for a bunch of tone deaf gypsies with alzheimers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ice Cube went all out on this one with people like jayo-felony, Chris Rock, N.W.A. and Krayzie Bone this album is worth it trustme it's a good buy from the hardcore to old school Ice Cube has all down on this CD. Some Idiot said that this album should be used as a coaster, don't listen to them haters they can't hang with Ice Cube so they have to hate the playa. an awesome buy you wont regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
finally there is a album that can contend with the chronic 2001. Ice Cube really is on fire and he will always live on. Ice Cube keep doing what your doing because it's working, live on Forever. Pick this CD up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Ice Cube then for sure pick this up. Ice Cube Went Gansta' on this one and it is the best Ice Cube i Heard and i like all the Ice Cube this rap Album is the best that's out right now, so pick it up and maybe you can review, this album features
Guest More than 1 year ago
ice cube war & peace vol 2 is the greatest CD out right now and it really has what you want and has some tight lyrics that wake up spirits, this one is hell of worth it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go ahead and order another set of 12s for your ride, because if you have any taste in rap at all, you're going to play Vol. 2 so loud that it's going to blow out the speakers you have now.

If you don't buy another rap album this year...BUY THIS ONE. Cube hasn't lost his edge, as you might expect after all the time spent on movie sets. There's a lot of the old, some of the new, and all of it cool.

The only thing I regret is that he didn't drop this around Jan. 1, because if he had, he'd collect several rap Grammys.

The title says it all. Buy it. Buy it now.

Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not Cube's best work, but is pretty good. The weakest track was the one with Krazie Bone. But the one w/Ren, took us back, way back. The one wit Chris Rock was funny as hell! Good album. Compared to that fool Siegal, this is a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some dude said this album sucks, but this album rocks.. trust the majority and not the hater who recommended Beanie Sigel.. no comparison to Ice.. Peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
what can i say.. ice cube is the best emcee of the whole l.a. county. definetely. all thse original multiple styles on his almbums.westcoast,gfunk,gangsta,hardcore,peace,war,thug,streetsmart unbelievable! until we rich is my favorite and is at the level of pac's songs. then the one with jayo felony is really pure gangsta rap . i mean if i pushed on "play" immediately the dre beat it just wanted to listend to it the whole hour.you can do it is also a classic westside song. cube prooved he's still can rhyme pretty tight. also "roll al day" is very funny. man he got style u need this album