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When rap exploded creatively and commercially in the late 1980s, Ice Cube was at the forefront of the expansion. As the lyrical brains behind N.W.A, the Los Angeles-based rapper instantly became a major player in the music game by leading a musical revolution with brutal, profane, politically-infused music that, for the first time in the genre’s history, sold millions of albums with ... Read more in Amazon's Ice Cube Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Lench Mob
  • ASIN: B003NFM44E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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As his popularity continues to grow through movies and television, Ice Cube remains committed to the foundation of his career: Hip-Hop music. Quick to emphasize that he is and always will be a B-Boy, dedicated to writing vivid rhymes, delivering stellar stage performances and making dope hip-hop records. I Am The West is poised to be another high point in that mission. Very few can make as bold a statement as I Am The West and even fewer can dispute Ice Cube's right to stake the claim. His hall of fame resume alone would be enough to own the title, but this album is an opportunity to raise the bar even higher. The hallmark of Ice Cube's best known work is ever present on I Am The West: Lyrics from a realistic perspective, giving voice to those usually ignored or shunned by the power base, rhymes that make you think and songs that set the party off. All supported with outstanding production that makes your head nod. And Ice Cube accomplishes this while thoroughly representing his unwavering commitment to the west coast hip-hop movement that he helped to start over twenty years ago. I Am The West is a celebration of summertime on the west coast. So it's only right to introduce the album with the first single "I Rep That West." A song on which Ice Cube makes it very clear where he stands in hip-hop. An up tempo record, that's hard enough for the hard core, "I Rep That West" boasts an infectious hook that knows no geographic or demographic boundaries, saturating everyone from the club and radio DJ to those of us singing along in the car. "I Rep That west" is one of several songs on the album that will gain the attention of music fans around the globe. And maybe that's why Ice Cube says he's "too west coast for the west coast."

BBC Review

Not every hip hop game-changer follows the hackneyed rhyme-fast-and-leave-a-good-looking corpse route to rap immortality. Survive into middle age and suddenly losing cutting edge relevance is the chief pitfall to circumnavigate, as gangsta rap pioneer Ice Cube discovers on this infuriatingly incoherent California-repping set.

From angriest screwface in Compton trailblazers N.W.A. to Hollywood actor, the man born O’Shea Jackson has undergone an intriguing transformation. Now aged 41, I Am the West is quite a statement. In the main, unfortunately, that cocksure claim isn’t backed with requisite originality to suggest Ice Cube genuinely does support an entire side of America on his shoulders in 2010.

There are moments of vitality, sure, notably when hip hop’s east/west coast wars are briefly re-ignited as Life in California takes New York’s king of grown-man rap to task. "If Jay-Z can rap about the NYC / Why can’t I talk about the s*** I see? / Without Alicia Keys / Without going RnB / This ain’t Motown / This is R-A-P," Ice rails in its fiery opening exchanges. Nothing Like L.A. makes a barbed point too, knowingly intoning "You don’t go Hollywood / When you from Hollywood".

She Couldn’t Make it on Her Own, meanwhile, is the album’s pinnacle by some distance, mixing addictively repetitious, slurring motifs with pinches of crunk minimalism. That it near enough wholesale jumps on Texan duo UGK’s southern rap bandwagon, though, is a measure of the shortcomings here.

Too West Coast epitomises the wide-of-the-mark misses, somewhat ironically employing a hook delivered with twang dangerously over-indebted to west coast big gun Snoop Dogg. And sub-genre-jumping stylistic inconsistencies mar the clutch of aforementioned tracks that, in isolation, show Ice Cube hasn’t forgotten how to effectively channel his simmering ire.

Where N.W.A. shaped the standard for no-nonsense depictions of inner-city life, making Ice Cube’s name in the process, he’s no longer at the vanguard of hip hop’s evolution. The cruel might even argue he hasn’t unleashed an essential album since the early 1990s. While the leader has become absorbed by the pack, however, at least I Am the West doesn’t go down without a mouthy fight.

--Adam Kennedy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. B101 on 9 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a good rap album if you enjoy gangster rap. If you like Ice Cube you will defo enjoy this album. Of course this album takes a different direction from his first few albums because times have changed, but it still has Ice's stamp all over it. If you are sick of the types of Jay-Z and Lil Wayne selling out hip-hop to gain money and fame then you must listen to this album, as they are telt straight by Ice Cube. And unlike other rappers he actually has the bravery to mension people he is dissing by name which I quite enjoyed! The only thing that i find wrong with it is that I am quite dissapointed that The Game did not apear on the album, which i was expecting after Ice appeared on LAX, the album does however feature WC which gives us some good lyrics. Also the album production is quite old school style on a lot of the songs which you should keep in mind when you purchase. Overall I think the album was a amzing purchase so if you are a hard core hip hop fan you will defo enjoy it, the only negative parts of the album was the absence of The Game and it wasnt long enough!
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Always look forward to a new Ice Cube album-the first cd i ever bought when i was 14 was the predator-He is the greatest west coast rapper of all time.
On this new album the beats are really good,my only complaint is that most of the songs he seems to be about a catchy chorus/hook and isnt on enough songs solo.He has his sons on a few who are good rappers,but unfortunately for me he has wc on a few too who i think is garbage(i thought he was good when he was maad circle but his modern raps he seems to always do a mad shouting high pitched rhyme thing where he talks garbage).
Another reviewer said he has become lazy and why does he bother-i think here while he isn't dropping provocative rhymes he is just having fun-cementing his rep as the best in the west-lounging at the top-why not?
He still has some killer rhymes"i'm the real iron man-you just robert downey//a crackhead and blackface straight out the county".The actor Keith David still does some voicework on songs here too(thats been like the past 5 albums lol).
Ice Cube is a legend and this album shows he still makes the tightest quality albums around-besides the game who else is going to drop an album of this quality?
It's hard to believe it came out last october-it still sounds so fresh to me and ive played it a lot-100 percent buy it-it is dirt cheap too now
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 4 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm honestly not sure why Ice Cube bothers. It's not as if the multiple platinum album selling, film producing, commercial juggernaut needs the money. To be fair, people like me only encourage him by actually buying his records.

Kill at Will was my first Cube purchase in 1989 and for the next few years everything he produced - musically at least - was world class. That's not even counting his legendary output at NWA. Then came the first War & Peace album and it has been downhill ever since.

I Am The West is an all time low. To be fair, some of the producing isn't that bad, but it sounds like the years of success and money have left Cube bloated and lazy and with nothing to rhyme about.

In an ideal world Cube would either hook up with the Bomb Squad, Sir Jinx or someone like Premier, and get back to some trademark aggressive political and social commentary, or he should just give up altogether.

If you have never listened to an Ice Cube album, please buy AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator or Lethal Injection. Once you have done that you can then appreciate how inferior this latest effort is.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rogersv on 7 Dec. 2010
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Ice Cube is back with this great album that perfectly combines pure West Coast old school with latest California hip hop. He got style, he represents and he deserves the respect of the fans. If you like Ice Cube, you'll love this album. What are you waiting for? Get a copy right now!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
There's Just Not Going To Be Any More Classics... 28 Feb. 2011
By Seth J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember, years ago -- the early 90s, I think -- reading a review of a Paul McCartney or George Harrison cd. And the writer started off with this: "Every couple of years, another ex-Beatle releases a new solo album. And for fans of the Beatles our feelings take that same roller coaster ride: First, there's the anticipation (which is the best part), then there comes that first track on the album or cd which is usually quite good, and then the inevitable disappointment upon listening to the rest of the disc, followed by the sad realization that this is it. There will be no return to Strawberry Fields or Penny Lane."

I feel the same way about 90s hip-hop. That incredible era from 1988-1993 (Cube, 2Pac, Onyx, Boss, Snoop, Cypress, EPMD, KRS-One, Ice-T, Tribe, Too Short and the mighty PE) gave us a high-water mark that has not been touched by rap since, and probably never will. But we are now almost 20 years removed from that day and age.
Every time a new album arrives from one of those hip-hop heavyweights I just mentioned I think the same thing. There's usually a few good bangers on each cd but otherwise, it's just not the same.

I feel the same way about I Am The West. It's OK, but it lacks the urgency of Cube's best. And it's not his fault - how can we expect him or anyone else to ever top that incredible run he had in the early 90s with Straight Outta Compton, Amerikkka's Most Wanted, Death Certificate and the Predator ? Any one of those discs is enough to catapault a rapper into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. Thrown in Guerrillas in the Mist, the Kill At Will EP and the inconsistent Lethal Injection and you have one arguably the greatest discographies in rap.

But it's not 1992 anymore. Cube is a multi-millionaire several times over and there's a Black President in the White House. The anger that fueled those albums just can't be conjured up so easily anymore.

To his credit he's not phoning his performance in. ('**cough, coughJIGGAcough*) ) He's still a lion on the mic, but there's nothing very compelling here other than partying and celebrating living in California.

Buy it and enjoy it on it's own terms, but don't pretend that it's a regurgitation of 1992, because it's not. The only way to really relive those days is to pop The Chronic in your cd player and let it roll.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
damnnnnnnnn i was expecting some west coast g ish 1 Oct. 2010
By Agha A. Mirza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
overall the album is nice ....stand out tracks
1.soul on ice ..nice track
2. life in california .... i would have to say one of the best on the album
3. to west coast..its a nice track
4. i rep the west ..is good
5 drink the koolaid ..is solid..
6. no country for young men...is awesome
7. hood robbin -----is a real dope track
8. your money or your life -----is a good track....
9 nothin like l.a nice laid back track.....

but the other 6 tracks are horrible ..she couldnt make it on her own sux..urbanian sux. yall know who i am is whatevers......... it is what it is ..is stupid.. fat cat..is weak...all day every day ..weak..........

i dont know what happened ..i was expecting some more west coast artist and some nice g-funk beats ..the weak tracks dont belong on this album...they dont fit..if you are gonna name the album i am the west make sure you make a cd for the west coast ..i dunno i love cube...he makes great albums .....overall its still a definet buy i mean 9-tracks out of 16 are still great and hope he keeps bringing the heat
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Decent album.. 28 Sept. 2011
By K. Payton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
People are complaining that this album is not gangsta enough, of course its not..Ice Cube hasn't been a gangsta in over 10 years and he has a wife and kids now, so forget about gangsta music and enjoy the celebration of the West Coast!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's Ice Cube, but it isn't Ice Cube 26 Oct. 2010
By Justin Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's easily his worst album. But it has about 5 or 6 amazing tracks, which is more than you can say for any maistream album these days.

Ice Cube at his worst is 100 times better than Lil Wayne in his prime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ice Cube, You are the West 2 Oct. 2010
By Paul M. Mondragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ice Cube pioneered Rap music. Along with fellow NWA members (DJ Yella, MC Ren, Eazy-E, and Dr. Dre), he is known all over the world. Next to Dre, he's the most popular of the group. This new album, I Am the West, is a solid album. If you have a bangin' car stereo system, then this will be a great addition to daily rotation of your music. Yeah, Ice Cube won't sell as many copies as Lil Wayne, Drake, or Jay Z, but his style is unique. And that's what makes him great. Sure, he could've did without a few tracks on here, maybe gotten some production from other West Coast all-stars like DJ Quik or Dr. Dre, and also some more guest appearances, but he definately held it down on his own for the most part. It's not my fav Ice Cube album of all time, but it's dope enough to keep me interested. He didn't let me down on this one like all other stuff out. I'm a fan of the 90's era Rap, and this is as close as you're gonna get to it. I reccommend getting the album if you're a fan of West Coast style of music, and it's definately a must for Cube collectors of music.

Peace out. Wes see ya fo lia nia!
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