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Ice Cube - Death Certificate (25th Anniversary) - 2x LP Vinyl

$28.89
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Batch:
12/19/2017
Album:
Death Certificate (25th Anniversary)
Artist:
Ice Cube
Format:
12" Vinyl

Product Description

2017 reissue, 25th Anniversary edition with 3 previously unreleased tracks!!

If Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of "I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter" probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct "Black Korea," an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed "racist" and "Ice KKKube" by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a "Death Side" and "Life Side," both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from "Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea." This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when "A Bird in the Hand" deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers ("Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer"). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single "Steady Mobbin'" and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of "Doing Dumb Shit." "True to the Game" ("Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich") is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss "No Vaseline" hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.
Previously Unreleased
A1Only One Me3:40
A2Good Cop, Bad Cop3:27
A3Dominate The Weak4:06
The Death Side
A4The Funeral1:37
A5The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit2:48
A6My Summer Vacation3:56
A7Steady Mobbin'4:09
B1Robin Lench1:13
B2Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out4:14
B3Look Who's Burnin'3:53
B4A Bird In The Hand2:17
B5Man's Best Friend2:06
B6Alive On Arrival3:11
B7Death1:03
The Life Side
C1The Birth1:21
C2I Wanna Kill Sam3:22
C3Horny Lil' Devil3:42
C4Black Korea0:46
C5True To The Game4:10
D1Color Blind4:29
D2Doing Dumb Shit3:45
D3Us3:43
D4No Vaseline5:13

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