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Format: CD
Sku: 202625152
UPC: 094636593920
UPC 14: 00094636593920
Release Date: 6/6/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Definition of a West Coast G' (Intro) ~ Ice Cube
2. Why We Thugs ~ Ice Cube
3. Smoke Some Weed ~ Ice Cube
4. Dimes & Nicks (A Call From Mike Epps) ~ Ice Cube
5. Child Support ~ Ice Cube
6. 2 Decades Ago - (take Insert) ~ Ice Cube
7. Doin' What It 'Pose 2Do ~ Ice Cube
8. Laugh Now, Cry Later ~ Ice Cube
9. Stop Snitchin' ~ Ice Cube
10. Go to Church ~ Ice Cube
11. Nigga Trapp, The ~ Ice Cube
12. History of Violence, A (Insert) - (take Insert) ~ Ice Cube
13. Growin' Up ~ Ice Cube
14. Click, Clack - Get Back! ~ Ice Cube
15. Game Lord, The ~ Ice Cube
16. Chrome & Paint ~ Ice Cube
17. Steal The Show ~ Ice Cube
18. You Gotta Lotta That ~ Ice Cube
19. Spittin' Pollaseeds ~ Ice Cube
20. Holla @ Cha' Boy ~ Ice Cube
 
"Ice Cube

Ice Cube began his career with the notorious gangsta rap group N.W.A. He broke away at the height of their national notoriety. On his initial solo release, 1990's Amerikkka's Most Wanted, Ice Cube injected virulent political and cultural rhetoric that stepped above N.W.A's gangbanging braggadocio. Ice Cube squashed the bi-coastal rap rivalry and collaborated with New York's hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Their production team, the Bomb Squad, produced Amerikkka's Most Wanted. The track ""Amerikkka's Most Wanted"" was his debut solo single and was #1 on the Hot Rap Single chart. The album sold over a million copies.

Ice Cube became a lightning rod for attracting attacks from rock critics and moralists for his lyrical content. Time has shown that the ruthless words and pointed imagery on both Amerikkka's Most Wanted and 1991's pre-LA riots Death Certificate were not included for shock-value. The message construed in his rhymes presaged Los Angeles's incendiary reaction to the outcome of the Rodney King trial. America was now listening to Ice Cube. Death Certificate debuted at #1 on the R&B Album chart and #2 on the Top 200 Album chart.

In 1992, Ice Cube continued his vocal incursion into suburban America with a role in John Singleton's epic film on South Central LA, Boyz In The Hood and by touring on the second Lollapalooza. His next release, The Predator, galvanized him as the premiere multi-platinum West Coast hip-hop G. It debuted at #1 on both the R&B and Top 200 Album charts. The Predator was an epilogue to the LA riots and while ""It Was A Good Day"" provides a hassle-free moment in a Compton day, there is still dissonance in Ice Cube's America. 1993's Lethal Injection sees Ice Cube morphing into his ""Don Mega"" persona that permeates his War & Peace albums and projects with Westside Connection.

These first four albums set him up for his later successes. In addition to h

The decade following 1992's The Predator found Ice Cube releasing a handful of mediocre albums (none of which lived up to the standards of his first three solo releases) and devoting his time to other activities (including writing and directing films). But 2006's Laugh Now, Cry Later reminded the world that Cube is still one of the most forceful voices in hardcore hip-hop, a game he helped create the rules for.

The guest roster glitters with all-stars, including Snoop Dogg, Dre, and crunk king Lil' Jon. Cube's familiar delivery still crackles with fierce intensity, especially on the politically militant album opener "Why We Thugs," which takes the federal government to task for the condition of America's ghettos. Yet the album isn't strictly polemical: "Smoke Some Weed" has a self-explanatory message, and its slinky, Middle Eastern vibe boasts one of the album's best beats. In all, Laugh Now weighs in as Ice Cube's strongest album since The Predator, and underscores the rapper's status as a hip-hop icon.

"...a middle-aged Cube still packs a youthful punch...  Billboard
"A blistering triumph of a record.  Prefix Magazine
"His delivery is crisp and uncomplicated, but razor sharp  Vibe

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ice Cube (rap vocals); Lil Jon (rap vocals, drum programming); Kokane, Snoop Dogg, WC (rap vocals); Craig Love (guitar); Chris Carmouche (keyboards); Tracy Lee Nelson, Barbara Wilson (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: John Frye.
Muze PNote Recording information: Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
Muze PNote Photographer: Eric Williams.
Muze PNote The decade following 1992's THE PREDATOR found Ice Cube releasing a handful of mediocre albums (none of which lived up to the standards of his first three solo releases) and devoting his time to other activities (including writing and directing films). But 2006's LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER reminded the world that Cube is still one of the most forceful voices in hardcore hip-hop, a game he helped create the rules for.
Muze PNote The guest roster glitters with all-stars, including Snoop Dogg, Dre, and crunk king Lil Jon. Cube's familiar delivery still crackles with fierce intensity, especially on the politically militant album opener "Why We Thugs," which takes the federal government to task for the condition of America's ghettos. Yet the album isn't strictly polemical: "Smoke Some Weed" has a self-explanatory message, and its slinky, Middle Eastern vibe boasts one of the album's best beats. In all, LAUGH NOW weighs in as Ice Cube's strongest album since THE PREDATOR, and underscores the rapper's status as a hip-hop icon.

Producer: Lil Jon; Dee 'Underdue'; D-Maq; Jonathan "Lil' Jon" Smith; L.V.; Scott Spencer Storch; Swizz Beatz; Bud'da

Engineer: Chris Carmouche; Conrad Golding; Wayne Allison

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Snoop Dogg
Muze Guest Artist Lil Jon

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Murder Was The Case (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Funkin' Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Based On A True Story (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shadiest One (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ruthless For Life (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Strictly 4 My N.i.g.g.a.z.(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Office Space (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Section 8 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gone In 60 Seconds (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations xXx
Muze Music Compilations N.w.a Legacy 2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Diary (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Homies (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Diary (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Friday (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Short Dog's In The House (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Death Row's Greatest Hits: Chronicles(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Harold Kumar Escape From Guantanamo
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Killer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Killer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Villain(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Villain(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Villain(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueline Treatment(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Crunk Rock(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Crunk Juice Reissue
Muze Music Compilations Essential Run Dmc
Muze Music Compilations History:function Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Original Album Classics(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ICON:PUBLIC ENEMY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Homies Part 2
Muze Music Compilations Boyz In The Hood
Muze Music Compilations Friday:20th Anniversary Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Funk Capitol Of The World
Muze Music Compilations Death Row Archives:soundtracks(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Foe Life:best Of Mack 10(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II (Explicit)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/06/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 659392A
Music Label Name Label : Lench Mob
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00094636593920

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.104)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] legit return to politicized gangsta rap, while also feeling like he's simply slipping back into his best-known role....It's Cube's lyrics that go for the throat."

XXL (Magazine)
(p.136)
- "Dusting off his black Raiders cap, Cube lambastes every wanksta within earshot....Cube's knack for self-reflection also serves him well..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.90)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[He] proves he still has sufficient desire to make angry, focused music....The vocals bristle with lip-curled sneers and contemptuous snorts."

Now Magazine 9 of 10
Cube, man. When does he sleep? One day he's XXX, the next he's a driving Nia Long's bratty kids around in Are We There Yet? Then he drops an album whose title makes me laugh out loud. Then I listen to it and am blown back by how few cracks he's showing (especially next to Uncle Ladies Love Cool J). This is hot. The beats on this thing are some drippy, Hollywood shit, and Cube's so-West-Coast-it's-actually-in-the-ocean twang is still humorous, still saying politically salient thangs. The retrospective Growin' Up is interesting, and Smoke Some Weed is the most powerful budda track of 06. As we learn on it, 'Even Robert Downey hits the bong.' Who knew? - Jason Richards

RapReviews.com 8 of 10
Ice Cube fans have been waiting for this one a long time. O'Shea Jackson hasn't released a new album of his own material since 2000's "War & Peace Vol. 2," and his last album as part of a group was Westside Connection's "Terrorist Threats." Reactions to both were mixed - the latter being something of a pleasant surprise but doing little to re-establish Westside given their seven year layoff, while the former was panned by many rap writers who said Ice Cube had "gone Hollywood." This writer didn't have that much of a problem with either one, although I think we're all in agreement that the days when Cube made albums like "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" are LONG gone. Nevertheless Cube linked up with Scott Storch for the first single off "Laugh Now, Cry Later" and the result was a an eeriely familiar track called "Why We Thugs." - Steve Juon

Bio

Ice Cube

Ice Cube began his career with the notorious gangsta rap group N.W.A. He broke away at the height of their national notoriety. On his initial solo release, 1990's Amerikkka's Most Wanted, Ice Cube injected virulent political and cultural rhetoric that stepped above N.W.A's gangbanging braggadocio. Ice Cube squashed the bi-coastal rap rivalry and collaborated with New York's hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Their production team, the Bomb Squad, produced Amerikkka's Most Wanted. The track "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" was his debut solo single and was #1 on the Hot Rap Single chart. The album sold over a million copies.

Ice Cube became a lightning rod for attracting attacks from rock critics and moralists for his lyrical content. Time has shown that the ruthless words and pointed imagery on both Amerikkka's Most Wanted and 1991's pre-LA riots Death Certificate were not included for shock-value. The message construed in his rhymes presaged Los Angeles's incendiary reaction to the outcome of the Rodney King trial. America was now listening to Ice Cube. Death Certificate debuted at #1 on the R&B Album chart and #2 on the Top 200 Album chart.

In 1992, Ice Cube continued his vocal incursion into suburban America with a role in John Singleton's epic film on South Central LA, Boyz In The Hood and by touring on the second Lollapalooza. His next release, The Predator, galvanized him as the premiere multi-platinum West Coast hip-hop G. It debuted at #1 on both the R&B and Top 200 Album charts. The Predator was an epilogue to the LA riots and while "It Was A Good Day" provides a hassle-free moment in a Compton day, there is still dissonance in Ice Cube's America. 1993's Lethal Injection sees Ice Cube morphing into his "Don Mega" persona that permeates his War & Peace albums and projects with Westside Connection.

These first four albums set him up for his later successes. In addition to his War & Peace two-album series, Ice Cube has recently starred in The Friday After Next, the 3rd installment of his multi-million dollar earning Friday movie franchise, Player's Club and the critically praised Barbershop.

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