Island Records, the distributor of this version of the album, deleted these tracks with the consent of Priority Records, but not Ice Cube himself. A number of the tracks also use samples taken from acts such as Zapp (Ohio) and Fishbone (California).
While making Death Certificate, Ice Cube was said to be affiliated with the Nation of Islam, which had a large impact on the majority of the album's content, although he has denied being part of the organization. Death Certificate was roughly organized as two thematic elements of a larger whole, and opens with Cube's explanation: "The Death Side: a mirror image of where we are today; The Life Side: a vision of where we need to go." His second record, the Kill At Will EP, revealed a more sensitive side through songs such as ‘The Product’ and ‘Dead Homiez’.

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While making the album, as also heavily involved in several other projects, including Yo-Yo's debut album Make Way for the Motherlode, his younger cousin Del tha Funkee Homosapien's I Wish My Brother George Was Here, and perhaps more importantly, his film debut, Boyz n the Hood, in which he co-starred with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Laurence Fishburne. Unlike Ice Cube's other albums, Death Certificate was not released in a censored version. This was Ice Cube's final album under Priority Records and his last until the release of Laugh Now, Cry Later in 2006. The album has been certified Gold. The club song "You Can Do It", which then later re-released in 2004, was a UK #2 for Ice Cube. They also call it "funkier, noisier, and more musically effective (than AmeriKKKa)." Trying to corral so many ideas and feelings into one place was evidently tricky, so Cube split the record into The Life Side and The Death Side. To recap: O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, left NWA in 1989. Due to fear that laws against racial incitement in the United Kingdom could see the album banned, the original United Kingdom release removed the tracks "Black Korea" and "No Vaseline".

It was highly anticipated with over one million advanced orders. The album debuted on #3 on the Billboard 200 with 1st week sales of 190,000 copies. In case you didn’t get the message, the sleeve finds Cube in the morgue, using his Class-A scowl over a Caucasian corpse tagged “Uncle Sam”. Uneasy listening on a mission, ‘Death Certificate’ shocked many at the time, with Ice Cube kicking ass musically, verbally and politically. [1] The album was certified platinum in sales on December 20, 1991.[2]. Death Certificate debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling 105,000 copies in its first week of release. It continues the sharp insights and unflinching looks at contemporary urban lifestyles that his solo debut only hinted at; in short, it's hardcore without any gangsta posturing." [9], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, List of number-one R&B albums of 2000 (U.S.), "War & Peace Vol. ‘Black Korea’ took a swipe at the owners of corner shops and was slated as racist, which Cube strongly denied, saying it was aimed at particular retailers. ‘Birth’ and ‘Death’ both feature Dr Khalid Muhammad, the black nationalist minister, suggesting that Ice Cube was serious about trying to educate his audience while thrilling it. 2 (The Peace Disc)", "Ice Cube Chart History (Canadian Albums)", " – Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. Above all, as ever, the institution Cube addresses most is the restricted, often sadly inevitable course of life as a young black male in South Central Los Angeles. Best Chet Baker Pieces: 20 Jazz Essentials, Best Pat Benatar Songs: 15 Power Ballads and Pop-Rock Bangers, Badu Babies: How Erykah Badu’s Vocal Style Transformed Music, How The ‘Hackers’ Techno-Forward Soundtrack Captured The Future, About Us • Contributors • Terms of Service • Privacy Policy • © 2020 uDiscoverMusic. Ice Cube’s second album, Death Certificate, came at you like a runaway train. It was highly anticipated with over one million advanced orders. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Although Ice Cube's previous album avoided direct attacks on N.W.A, Death Certificate contained "True to the Game" and most notably "No Vaseline,"[6] which were diss tracks aimed at his former bandmates. Oh, and it’s highly funky too, using nothing but the highest-grade beats and samples of street jams. To date, the album has sold over two million copies in the United States and over five million copies worldwide. Such matters were in the blood of hip-hop, even if few rhymes took it this far. War & Peace Vol. "[15] Spin wrote that it "integrates vitriolic politics with raw street knowledge" and "achieves an almost George Clinton-esque sense of celebratory freakiness". Unlike AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, which featured the Bomb Squad's hard edged beats, Death Certificate featured a slightly more West Coast-oriented sound in comparison, with heavy use of 70's Funk and Soul samples. Similar to AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Ice Cube was very active in the album's production, though the overall sound differed.

It has since been certified Gold selling over 500,000 copies, Credits adapted from the album's liner notes. A heavily armed runaway train, in a very bad mood. Despite the success of Ice Cube's film Next Friday, the album's promotion was unsuccessful, and other new artists such as Xzibit and Dr. Dre's 2001 were on top of the charts. It is the second part from the two-album project War & Peace; the previous volume, War & Peace Vol. "Color Blind" preaches neutrality and brotherhood between gangs, such as the Bloods and Crips. We came to a compromise with Profile that was acceptable. Required fields are marked *. [32], *sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone, (featuring Deadly Threat, Kam, the Maad Circle, King Tee and J-Dee), Recording Industry Association of America, List of number-one R&B albums of 1991 (U.S.), Ice Cube dot org - Ice Cube Lyrics, Pictures and more - Part of the Rapbasement Network, RIAA Searchable Database - Death Certificate, "True to the Game: Ice Cube's 'Death Certificate, "POP VIEW; Rap After the Riot: Smoldering Rage And No Apologies", "POP VIEW; Should Ice Cube's Voice Be Chilled?

2 (The Peace Disc)", "American album certifications – Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. The recording and writing for Death Certificate began in late 1990, and carried on throughout most of 1991. [20], In 1991, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission banned a poster for St. Ides Malt Liquor, which Ice Cube endorsed at the time, that displayed Ice Cube holding a can of St. Ides and flashing a gang sign. Due to some of its racially and politically charged content, and Ice Cube's acerbic statements on drug dealing, racial profiling, and the right to keep and bear arms, Death Certificate was the source of both critical acclaim and much controversy upon its release. The album was re-released for the 25th anniversary edition on June 9, 2017 by Interscope Records after Cube announced signing to the label in late May 2017. ", Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, "A Crucial Message, a Crude Delivery From Ice Cube", "The Complete List Of 5 Mic Hip-Hop Classics", "Rock & Rap Archives: Number 94/January 1992", "Ice Cube's Frozen Assets Chill Capitol's Expenditures - Los Angeles Times", "SoundScan Album Sales 10/12/2005 - Home Recording forums", "N.W.A Takes Over Charts, Gets First Top 40 Hit on Hot 100", "American album certifications – Ice Cube – Death Certificate", "Ice KKKube's Aesthetikkk Merit: Big Fukkking Deal", Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside),, Political music albums by American artists, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2013, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Ice Cube – performer, producer, executive producer, mixing, This page was last edited on 16 October 2020, at 09:35. 2 :: Priority", "Music: War & Peace, Vol.2 (The Peace Disc) (CD) by Ice Cube", " – Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. [28] [citation needed], Death Certificate received critical acclaim. 2", "British album certifications – Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)", Recording Industry Association of America, Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside),, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Album chart usages for BillboardRandBHipHop, Certification Table Entry usages for Canada, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Certification Table Entry usages for United States, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 August 2020, at 17:57.

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