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War & Peace, Vol. I: The War Disc
     

War & Peace, Vol. I: The War Disc

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by Ice Cube
 

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Considering that he hadn't delivered a full-fledged solo album since 1993's disappointing Lethal Injection, maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise that Ice Cube returned hard in 1998 with War & Peace, Vol. 1 (The War Disc), since five years is a long, long time to stay quiet. What was a surprise was how ambitious the album was. The first installment in

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Considering that he hadn't delivered a full-fledged solo album since 1993's disappointing Lethal Injection, maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise that Ice Cube returned hard in 1998 with War & Peace, Vol. 1 (The War Disc), since five years is a long, long time to stay quiet. What was a surprise was how ambitious the album was. The first installment in a proposed double-disc set, The War Disc is a cacophonous, cluttered, impassioned record that nearly qualifies as a return to form. Designed as a hard-hitting record, it certainly takes no prisoners, as it moves from intense street-oriented jams to rap-metal fusions, such as the Korn-blessed "Fuck Dying," with its seething, distorted guitars. It's a head-spinning listen and, at first, it seems to be a forceful comeback. Upon closer inspection, The War Disc falters a bit. Not only does the relentless nature of the music wear a little thin, but Cube spends too much time trying to beat newcomers at their own game. His lyrical skills are still intact, but he spends way too much time boasting, particularly about material possessions, and his attempt to rechristen himself Don Mega, in a Wu-like move, simply seems awkward. Even so, the quality of the music -- and the moments when he pulls it all together, such as "3 Strikes You In" -- sustains War and makes it feel more cohesive than it actually is. The key is purpose -- even if Cube doesn't always say exactly what he wants, he does have something to say. That alone makes War & Peace, with just one album completed, a more successful and rewarding listen than the typical double-disc hip-hop set of the late '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0049925070026
catalogNumber:
50700
Rank:
40742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
Tracy Nelson   Vocals
Emmanuel   Keyboards
Barbara Wilson   Vocals
Mack 10   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Elquine Rice   Vocals
Terry Rice   Vocals
moe.   Background Vocals
Brian Welch   Guitar
James "Munky" Shaffer   Guitar
Danette Williams   Vocals
Bio Kebo   Background Vocals
Butch   Percussion
Short Khop   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Sleep   Background Vocals
Chris Hines   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Fred Maher   Programming
N.O. Joe   Producer
Jinx   Composer
Art Shoji   Art Direction
T-Mix   Producer
Bud'da   Producer
Dutch   Producer
Craig Mullins   Artwork

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War & Peace, Vol. I: The War Disc 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
iF YOU WANT HARD CORE HIP-HOP WITH NEW WAVE ROCK BEATS MIXED IN WITH PHAT BEATS AND A TIGHT BASS LINE PICK THIS UP. I OWN IT AND HAVE NEVER TAKEN IT OUT OF MY CD PLAYER
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album just proves that Ice Cube is one of the greatest rappers put there. I cant wait for the Peace album to hit. Buy this CD it is worth it.