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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 (15 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Go To Church (2008 Digital Remaster) (feat. Snoop Dogg & Lil Jon) [Explicit]Ice Cube feat. Snoop Dogg & Lil Jon 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. A Bird In The Hand (2008 Digital Remaster) [Explicit]Ice Cube 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Ghetto Vet (2007 Digital Remaster) [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Greed [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Supreme Hustle (2008 Digital Remaster) [Explicit]Ice Cube 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. It Was A Good Day (Album Version) [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Spittin' Pollaseeds (feat. Dub C & Kokane) [Explicit]Ice Cube feat. Dub C & Kokane 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Rollin' Wit The Lench Mob [Explicit]Ice Cube 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit [Explicit]Ice Cube 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. When Will They Shoot? [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Why We Thugs/Smoke Some Weed (Medley) (Live) [Explicit]Ice Cube 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Givin' Up The Nappy Dug Out [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. A Gangsta's Fairytale (2008 Digital Remaster) [Explicit]Ice Cube 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Check Yo Self [Explicit]Ice Cube 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. What Can I Do? [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. War And Peace (2008 Digital Remaster) [Explicit]Ice Cube 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Dead Homiez [Explicit]Ice Cube 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Cold Places [Explicit]Ice Cube 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Good But Not Essential 21 Sept. 2008
By D.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Normally when a non-studio Ice Cube album is released, there is a theme to the album that justifies spending the money to purchase it. "Bootlegs & B-Sides" was full of (then) unreleased remixes & extra songs not available on his albums, "Featuring Ice Cube" was full of his famous & best collaborations at that time, "Greatest Hits" & "Best Of Westside Connection" explains themselves, and "In The Movies" was songs that were featured in hit movies or various soundtracks. However, that's not the case here with "The Essentials" as you would think this is "part two" of his previous "Greatest Hits" album (similar to how Tupac Ressurection was) but these are just randon Ice Cube songs from his past albums put together with the only thing special here is a live performance audio track of "Why We Thugs/Smoke Some Weed" from his "Laugh Now, Cry Later" album. Various tracks from his previous "themed" albums are also released once again on this such as Today Was A Good Day (Greatest Hits), Ghetto Vet & Wrong N' To F' With (In The Movies). While some tracks on here are legendary Ice Cube songs (like "Dead Homies" & the original versions of "Check Yo Self" & "What Can I Do?"), most of these tracks aren't "essential" than the other songs that have been more important to Cube's career that have still yet to make their way to a "best of" album such as "Who's The Mack?", "True To The Game", "Wicked", "Really Doe" and a personal favorite of mine that is heavily slept on in "Until We Rich" with Krayzie Bone. Don't get me wrong, these aren't Cube's worst songs as they are good but I can't say with a straight face that these songs were "essential" when it came to the success of Ice Cube's career & were better choices than the songs they left off.

I recommended "Greatest Hits" for those who only knew & wanted Ice Cube's famous chart topping hits...I recommended "Best Of Westside Connection" for that same reason but also for those who wanted all (except one) of their collaborations together that weren't on the two group albums...I recommended "In The Movies" for those who wanted to get their hands on Ice Cube songs from rare & out of print soundtracks...however, I just can't recommend "The Essentials" for any of those same reasons. I can only recommend it for people who don't have enough money or don't want to take the time to go & buy Ice Cube's studio albums that have these same songs along with others that were better quality in production, lyricism, getting his message across, and were just bigger hits that were left off his previous "Greatest Hits" album that "The Essentials" decided to leave out in favor of just random songs. Again, I can only recommend this if you don't have the money or time to get all of Ice Cube's previous solo albums.
Essential to who? 18 Jan. 2011
By H3@+h - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You could argue about any collection, what should and shouldn't be included. This isn't really a greatest hits, there's one of those already. This isn't even a GH part 2, or a "Rest Of". A better title would have been "The Random" or "The Sampling". So it's got some "hits" since the last collection came out, and tosses in a few must-haves from way back. Sadly this doesn't even include what the last collection missed. Where's Wicked, Really Doe or Until We Rich? Also nothing from Raw Footage other than "Cold Places". Now of course what is here is good, some of it great. I suppose it really just comes down to what your favorite tracks are. I'm sure a few people like this more than the previous Hits disc. In it's favor, it does have Go To Church and the kick-ass Supreme Hustle. I love the cover too. Can't wait to see him again this March.
Birthday Gift 8 Feb. 2013
By Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this and other orginial albums of Ice Cube for a special friend's birthday. Recieved the item a few days after order was submitted. I was nervous I wouldn't get by the weekend of their birthday, but I did. The recipient could not have been more pleased! Thank you!
Great compilation! 2 July 2010
By eastbayrae - Published on Amazon.com
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The only thing I would have liked to have seen on here was My Summer Vacation. Other then that it covers his entire career and hits all the best stuff. If you liked Bootlegs and B Sides this is for you.
This CD is perfect! 13 Oct. 2013
By Rapfan - Published on Amazon.com
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Buy this CD if you can. It's awsome. You won't regret it at all. I didn't! This CD is one of the best CD's I ever bought. Go for it and just buy it! Hurry up, because time is running out on Amazon.com.
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