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I Am The West [Explicit]

September 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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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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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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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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As I write this in November 2015 Ice Cube's I AM THE WEST is still the recording artist's most recent C.D., five years after its 2010 release. He's taken as long as six years between albums, though. It's good to be independent.

I guess I award I AM THE WEST three and one-half stars, rounded off to four here, but evaluating art as if you are CONSUMER REPORTS rating a vacuum cleaner strikes me odd. The arts are as much as we take to them as what they are.

The February 28, 2011, Amazon I AM THE WEST review, deemed "most helpful" at the time I compose this, reminds me of how success can work against you. Not that the reviewer's point of view affects Ice Cube, but he asks, "how can we expect him . . . to ever top that incredible run he had in the early [1990's]?" I am not the thought police but ask, why bother to compare I AM THE WEST to DEATH CERTIFICATE and THE PREDATOR? I took different things to DEATH CERTIFICATE when I listened to it in 1991 than I do when I insert it in my C.D. player today. As for I AM THE WEST, I've been playing it a lot over the past few weeks, the 25-odd minutes of music starting with "I Rep That West" the reason. I am old enough to remember the vinyl music era when, with averaging 35 minutes in total, if you caught grooves to 25 minutes of an album you told your friends it was great. Adjusted for inflation, C.D.s cost less than vinyl albums did and give you on average 60 minutes of music.

Rather than compare I AM THE WEST to Ice Cube's first solo C.D.s or his work with N.W.A. and Westside Connection, the Ice Cube C.D. this isn't that concerns me is whatever his next one is going to be. Here's hoping Ice Cube is not going to break his between-albums hiatus record before it comes out.

One other thing: Is that really Yoko Ono I hear sampled on this C.D.?!
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Always look forward to a new Ice Cube album-the first cd i ever bought when i was 14 was the predator-He is the greatest west coast rapper of all time.
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.He has his sons on a few who are good rappers,but unfortunately for me he has wc on a few too who i think is garbage now(i thought he was good when he was maad circle but his modern raps he seems to always do a mad shouting high pitched rhyme thing where he talks garbage).
While he isn't dropping provocative rhymes he is just having fun-cementing his rep as the best in the west-lounging at the top-why not?He still can put down some of the best gangsta tracks you will ever hear"too west coast" is my pick-but there are others on this too.
He still has some killer rhymes"i'm the real iron man-you just robert downey//a crackhead and blackface straight out the county".The actor Keith David still does some voicework on songs here too(thats been like the past 5 albums lol).Just the way he closes out a song"The grand wizard...Ice cube"-just showing that no one can topple him after all these years.
For people complaining it's not the same Ice Cube,the rap game has evolved,peoples life circumstances change-he tells you himself he does this for his kids.When i buy cube im not expecting another death certificate or predator,but i enjoy this album just as much,its his best since predator.
Ice Cube is a legend and this album shows he still makes the tightest quality albums around-besides the game who else is going to drop an album of this quality?
It's hard to believe it came out last october-it still sounds so fresh to me and ive played it a lot-100 percent buy it.
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