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“It Is What It Is” – Review Of Ice Cube’s I Am The West

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/ice-cube-drink-the-kool-aid-video"> For a particular generation, Ice Cube isn't Mr. N.W.A. Nor is he AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. And he isn't seen as the South Central spark plug that wowed audiences--and the PMRC--with his socially conscious brashness. No, for this current young generation of music listeners, Ice Cube is a movie star; a Hollywood super mogul. And it’s not ignorance to his past achievements—some just identify him quicker as the bumbling stepdaddy from Are We There Yet? than one of the founding members of West Coast Hip-Hop. So it’s with trepidation that most will approach “rapping” Cube’s latest release, I Am The West. Because, let’s face it: Ice Cube is a family man now. Not to say that his hood pass has been revoked, but, well, he’s left it between the leather sofa cushions for a while. But let’s not blame the man for trying to rekindle that fervent energy he brought to the gangsta rap table from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. On a strictly sonic level, this album bumps. Every song, from top to bottom, should be played with the bass turned to a masochistic 11, preferably with your intoxicant of choice in hand. “Soul On Ice," with its rattling 808s and eerie “ooo-ooo's," features an impassioned Cube spitting, “old money, new money, no money/Don’t try to con the Godfather in Sunny/Don’t try to turn your four fathers into money,” kick-starting the enthusiastic LP. A pair of tracks that feature WC—“Life In California” and “Too West Coast”—include malevolent beats and features from his longtime partners-in-crime, including Sir Jinx as well. And “<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/download-ice-cube-hood-robbin">Hood Robbin</a>’” shows that Cube hasn’t gone too Hollywood, detailing South Central’s continually impoverished conditions during this latest economic downturn: “This adjustable rate—it choked me out/ They gave me a loan and I had no clout/They gave me a house, for me and my spouse/Called my mama and my aunt, ya’ll should refinance.

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Ice Cube Feat. OMG, Doughboy, WC & Maylay – “Y’all Know How I Am” Video

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<a href="http://www.karmalooptv.com/2010/09/ice-cube-featuring-omg-doughboy-wc-and-maylay-yall-know-how-i-am"> Fat pockets be damned, Ice Cube is going to act a fool regardless. Still reppin' the West because that's who he is, "Y'all Know How I Am" marks the 2nd straight time father and son and son team up as they roll with the Lench Mob. Rolling til' the wheels fall off. Like last time, this is a clickable visual so get your gear in order. Bonus: They may not be in the physical but their presence is still felt in the west. Download -- <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?o7w3dcgogo5pbcc">Ice Cube – Man Vs. Machine (Prod. by DJ Quik)</a> Download -- <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?6m7y8mw127jnsrq">Ice Cube – Pros Vs. Joes (Prod. by E-A-Ski)</a>.

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Ice Cube – “Hood Robbin'”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/ice-cube-feat-omg-doughboy-she-couldnt-make-it-own-her-own-video"> Going through the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/i-am-the-west">I Am The West</a>, I was starting to think <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/ice-cube">Cube</a> had finally turned his back on the hood's perils.

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Ice Cube Feat. OMG & Doughboy – “She Couldn’t Make It On Her Own” Video

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<a href="http://www.karmalooptv.com/2010/09/ice-cube-she-couldnt-make-it-on-her-own-ft-omg-doughboy-music-video-premier"> The saying goes that "pimpin' is in the blood" and Ice Cube's offspring prove it here as they help Big Pop round up scallywags gone astray for the "She Couldn't Make It On Her Own" video. Directed by Matt Alonzo and Skee TV, this clip is much more than a rap video; it's an interactive advertisement. Move your mouse along the player and click on the gear from top brands like L-R-G and Crooks & Castles so they can be added to your </a><a href="http://www.karmalooptv.com/2010/09/ice-cube-she-couldnt-make-it-on-her-own-ft-omg-doughboy-music-video-premier">Karmaloop cart</a>.

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Ice Cube – “Drink The Kool Aid” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-ice-cube-drink-the-kool-aid"> Depending who you ask, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/ice-cube">Ice Cube</a> is the greatest West Coast artist of all time.

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Ice Cube – “Drink The Kool-Aid”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/food-for-thought-conversations-with-ice-cube-on-bet"> This goes out to those who give Lil B monetary support, think anything Rick Rozay is doing is prolific or only buy Young Money CDs. You done drunk that drank baby, and you're a lost cause. The Don Mega dares you to learn how a real O.G. handles the wheel and take a sip from his pimp cup. <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/ice-cube">Ice Cube</a> is flagrant.

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Food For Thought: Conversations With Ice Cube On BET

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/food-for-thought-conversations-with-ice-cube-on-bet"> A few weeks ago, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/ice-cube-feat-flavor-flav-im-only-out-for-one-thing">a random appearance of an Ice Cube track</a> brought a revitalized euphoria in many longtime fans but also shed light on the fact that since the explosion of online media, O'Shea Jackson has become less known for his musical achievements and more for his Hollywood endeavors.

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Ice Cube – “I Rep That West” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/02/ice-cube-announces-new-album-i-am-the-west"> Tomorrow night's debut of <a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_15040306?nclick_check=1">"Straight Outta L.A."</a>, which he directed.

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Ice Cube – “I Rep That West”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/i-am-the-west"> How could anyone forget what side Ice Cube claims? As he goes into his fourth decade of making noise in the rap game? Oh yeah...<a href="http://www.tbs.com/shows/arewethereyet.jsp">this</a>.

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Ice Cube Is The Lick, West Side Is The Click!

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Out of all of Hip-Hop's pioneers, I'm thankful Ice Cube is still making music.


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