Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ice Cube - Amerikkka's Most Wanted (Expanded Edition with 'Kill At Will' EP)

The great Cube. My friends and I were lucky enough on one of our record-buying binges (circa 1987) to purchase a 12" by C.I.A. (Cru In Action). An otherwise indistinct white jacketed single from the racks that for some reason called to us. It was an awesome little thing and of the crew, one named Ice Cube was the obvious stand out. So when N.W.A. released their 'Boyz N' Tha Hood' 12" with Ice Cube and written by Ice Cube (look at the songwriting credits for ALL of their best songs and see who wrote them) we knew it had to be dope on plastic. Although in my old age I feel sad to see where rap has gone since the inception of Cube's style (no fault of his own - just the wack imitators) it's just natural for us old folks to feel things were better way back when. It's almost like what Alan Moore did to comics writing - you do something so well that all the imitators end up diluting the genre by copying your style.
This was Cube's first solo outing and still ranks pretty damn high on my all-time favorite rap albums (close to the Beastie Boys 'Paul's Boutique' which was posted at the Ape last month to great downloads) and still gets much play. Also included in the expanded edition is the 'Kill At WIll' EP which has the immortal 'Jackin' For Beats'. I hope you al enjoy these as much as I still do.

Track Listing:
1.  Better Off Dead (Digitally Remastered)
2. The N***a Ya Love To Hate (Digitally Remastered)
3. Amerikkka's Most Wanted (Digitally Remastered)
4. What They Hittin' Foe? (Digitally Remastered)
5. You Can't Fade Me / Jd's Gaffilin' (Digitally Remastered)
6. Once Upon A Time In The Projects (Digitally Remastered)
7.Turn Off The Radio (Digitally Remastered) 
8. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) (Featuring Chuck D) (Digitally Remastered)
9. A Gangsta's Fairytale (Digitally Remastered)
10. I'm Only Out For One Thang (Featuring Flavor Flav) (Digitally Remastered)
11. Get Off My D**k And Tell Yo B***h To Come Here (Digitally Remastered)
12. The Drive By (Digitally Remastered)
13. Rollin' Wit The Lench Mob (Digitally Remastered)
14. Who's The Mack? (Digitally Remastered)
15. It's A Man's World (Featuring Yo-yo) (Digitally Remastered)
16. The Bomb (Digitally Remastered)

Bonus 'Kill At Will' EP

17. Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside) (Remix) (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
18. Jackin' For Beats (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
19. Get Off My D**k And Tell Yo B***h To Come Here (Remix) (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
20. The Product (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
21. Dead Homiez (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
22. Jd's Gaffilin' Part 2 (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)
23. I Gotta Say What Up!!! (Digitally Remastered) (From The Ep: Kill At Will) (Bonus Track)


DaddyRich said...

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I haven't been able to listen to my vinyl copy for years. Great site!

yappy said...

Thanks a lot man!. This is throwing me way back in the old days. ICE-CUBE rules and will always be the best rapper out there. Again thnx a lot for this!

314sam said...

Thanks I was looking for the link and it was in the last placed I looked AND yu have both cd's together ....Props on that

Katoj said...

ice cube is somewhat to blame for the whole 'fake-g' craze, the rise of so-called 'gangsta rap' and the eclipse of the positive, joyous celebration that was so prevalent in early hiphop. for me, the glory days of hip-hop were '82-'86. Then came 2live crew, geto boys, NWA, 'bitches and hoes', fake g's, east vs. west rivalries, blurred out tits and logos in videos with bouncing cars and piles of money, the worship of everything superficial.

what happened to the hip-hop I loved?

i don't dislike ice cube entirely. but ultimately, he glorified violence, brought us more negative energy than positive, and ultimately helped ruin hiphop by being part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.