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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 (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LENCH MOB RECORDS
  • ASIN: B003NFM44E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release from the Hip Hop icon. Ice Cube has remained prolific, with 15 releases as a solo artist or a member of a group (Da Lench Mob, Westside Connection), including the blockbuster release of Laugh Now, Cry Later, the most successful independent Hip Hop release of 2006. It all adds up to a remarkable Rap career that continues expanding and evolving. As he did with his most recent release 2008's stellar Raw Footage, Ice Cube extends his bulletproof musical legacy.

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If you're a classic Cube fan, you don't need to read a review to decide to buy his music.
1992teresa
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.
PAUL MIDDLETON
Now all the great legends have either passed away, matured, evolved, or just gotten plain crappy (Snoop) but I feel Cube is still trying to hold his own.
J. Richardson

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seth J on February 28, 2011
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Agha A. Mirza on September 30, 2010
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Payton on September 28, 2011
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin Mitchell on October 25, 2010
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Mondragon on October 2, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grown hustle on October 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got this album a few days ago and I must say that Cube still has it in him this was a good album to listen to and I really don't buy a lot of Hip-Hop albums anymore due to the crap that's put out in the mainstream. Out of 15 listenable tracks, I would say at least 2-3 didn't really belong on the album like Urbanian, It is What it Is, & You Know How I Am. It would have been nice if Cube would had replaced one of the 3 songs with Man & Machine which was a good track. Overall, this is a solid album. "She Couldn't Make It On Her Own" was a nice and surprising track with his sons on it though but I rather he more social commentary from Cube which is where he shines the most in his music "Hood Robbin'" is a prime example of classic Cube to me. As long as Cube continues to make quality albums I will still support his music.

My favorite tracks:

Life In California
Too West Coast
I Rep That West
Hood Robbin'
Your Money or Your Life
She Couldn't Make It On Her Own
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