Ice Cube 'Death Certificate (25th Anniversary)' 2xLP
Double 180 Gram Vinyl with three extra tracks. When Ice Cube broke from NWA to go solo, his 1991 album carried on the tradition of controversy. The cover, showing Uncle Sam on a mortuary gurney (a visual metaphor for the death of the American dream?) and his various intolerant and violent songs led to condemnations in US Billboard magazine, widespread retail boycotts, and, in Oregon, an official statewide ban on displaying the rapper's image in retail shops. Ice Cube's second solo album, Death Certificate, captures the rage in the black community that lead to the Los Angeles Riots some sixth months after it was released. Separated into two sections - The Death Side and The Life Side - the album is essentially a coming-of-age tale produced by the most pissed off man in the history of hip-hop. Sure, the album is ripe with misogyny, homophobia, and cultural chauvinism (whites and Asians are frequent targets here, as are Uncle Toms, and, interestingly, Cube dabbles with the philosophy of The Nation of Islam); but, prior to 2Pac's great output about five years later, no other rapper better captures the mood, the oppression, and the self-inflicted misery of the inner city as well as Ice Cube.
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