Arguably the best album of 1991, Ice Cube really made a mark on hip hop with this incredible release. When it came to highlighting issues of the day, especially from a social and political standpoint, as well as the issues in our own communities, Cube not only did it, but it did it WELL and EXPERTLY, basically better than anyone in hip hop at the time. This is an album you NEEDED to hear, and once you heard it, chances are you wouldn't forget it. It's simply that good. Production wise, Cube himself, Sir Jinx, and the Boogiemen held things down nicely, and lyrically Cube was as sharp as ever, especially when it came to his storytelling on this album.
Just about every song on this album is a classic in its own right. "Steady Mobbin" instantly takes me back to 91, and I remember when I first saw the video and how great I thought it was. "Us" is one of the best first hand accounts of how African Americans were (and in some cases still are) towards each other I've ever heard. And who can forget "No Vaseline", the scathing, memorable N.W.A. diss? Certainly one of the best diss records of all time. Even Mack 10 in one of the Beef documentaries said, "after No Vaseline, that was it", and I couldn't agree more.
Overall, EVERY song on this album, Cube has something to say and a message is present throughout. You'd be hard pressed to find something wrong with this album.
Rating- 5 stars
5 favorite songs- Steady Mobbin, Us, No Vaseline, I Wanna Kill Sam, & The Wrong N*** To F*** Wit