Laugh Now Cry Later CD (2006)

Artist: Ice Cube

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by Jason on 11/11/2006

This cd is off the chain. Go to Church is one of the best songs i have heard in a while. It's a cool cd to listen to when ur just kickin it back or something. I reccomend this cd. It's sexy. Read More

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Label Lench Mob Records
SKU 202625152
UPC 094636593920
UPC 14 00094636593920
Format CD
Release Date 6/6/2006
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Author Ice Cube
Compilation Appearance Strictly 4 My N.i.g.g.a.z.(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Murder Was The Case (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Friday (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Funkin' Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Based On A True Story (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Shadiest One (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ruthless For Life (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Short Dog's In The House (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Office Space (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Section 8 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance xXx
Compilation Appearance Diary (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Homies Part 2
Compilation Appearance Death Row's Greatest Hits: Chronicles(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Death Row Archives:soundtracks(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Foe Life:best Of Mack 10(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Family Values Tour 98
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Crunk Rock(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Funk Capitol Of The World
Compilation Appearance Essential Run Dmc
Compilation Appearance History:function Music(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ICON:PUBLIC ENEMY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance COMPTON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Original Album Classics(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Book Of David(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance MY HOMIES 2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Diary (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Killer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Killer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Harold Kumar Escape From Guantanamo
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Carmouche; Conrad Golding; Wayne Allison
Producer Lil Jon; Dee 'Underdue'; D-Maq; Jonathan "Lil' Jon" Smith; L.V.; Scott Spencer Storch; Swizz Beatz; Bud'da
CatalogID 659392A
Lable Name Lench Mob
Released 06/06/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094636593920
Musical Guests
Snoop Dogg
Lil Jon
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: John Frye.
Recording information: Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
Photographer: Eric Williams.
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.
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."
Artist Bio
Ice CubeIce 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.
Disc 1
1 Definition of a West Coast G' (Intro)
2 Why We Thugs
3 Smoke Some Weed
4 Dimes & Nicks (A Call From Mike Epps)
5 Child Support
6 2 Decades Ago - (take Insert)
7 Doin' What It 'Pose 2Do
8 Laugh Now, Cry Later
9 Stop Snitchin'
10 Go to Church
11 Nigga Trapp, The
12 History of Violence, A (Insert) - (take Insert)
13 Growin' Up
14 Click, Clack - Get Back!
15 Game Lord, The
16 Chrome & Paint
17 Steal The Show
18 You Gotta Lotta That
19 Spittin' Pollaseeds
20 Holla @ Cha' Boy
Reviews
ReviewSource Now Magazine
Review 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?
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Jason Richards
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource RapReviews.com
Review 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."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Steve Juon
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Ice Cube
Quotes
Billboard ...a middle-aged Cube still packs a youthful punch...
Prefix Magazine A blistering triumph of a record.
Vibe His delivery is crisp and uncomplicated, but razor sharp

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