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   » Related Artists:  N.W.A., Dr Dre, Eazy-E
       Westside Connection, Mack 10 (Solo), W.C.



1. Better off Dead
2. The Nigga Ya Love to Hate Lyrics
3. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Lyrics
4. What They Hittin' Foe? Lyrics
5. You Can't Fade Me/JD's Gaffilin' Lyrics
6. Once Upon a Time in the Projects Lyrics
7. Turn Off the Radio
8. Endangered Species (Tales From the Darkside) Lyrics
9. A Gangsta's Fairytale Lyrics
10. I'm Only Out for One Thang Lyrics
11. Get off My Dick and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here Lyrics
12. The Drive-By
13. Rollin' Wit the Lench Mob Lyrics
14. Who's the Mack? Lyrics
15. It's a Man's World Lyrics
16. The Bomb Lyrics

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted was Ice Cube's debut solo album after his split from the now legendary group N.W.A. It was originally released May 16, 1990. The album peaked at number 19 on the USA Billboard charts and number 6 in the R&B;/Hip-Hop chart and was certified platinum.

The controversial title of the album is a spoof of a television show called "America's Most Wanted", wherein real-life crimes are reenacted and viewers are asked to call in with any information about the alleged perpetrators. The show has taken criticism for its reenactments. They are believed to perpetuate stereotypes regarding the criminality of African-American men and other minorities. The intentional misspelling of "America" with three K's equates the show and status quo society with the Ku Klux Klan.

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is a great gangsta rap album. The songs delve into the issues of ghetto life, drug addiction, racism and poverty. Unlike other albums from the period, Ice Cube did not infuse the album with negativity. He incessantly attacks racist institutions and social norms. Though he describes with detail the conditions of the ghetto, he does so in order to condemn those that allow ghetto despair to occur, instead of glorifying it.

Cube takes some controversial stands, referring to certain types of African-Americans as "Oreo cookies", implying that they appear to be black outside but are white inside; specifically, this is aimed at soft-pop-R&B; radio stations broadcasting a watered-down sound and Arsenio Hall is specifically mentioned as being such a sell-out.

The song "Get Off My Dick, and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here" returns to the racism theme of the album at the end, with newscaster Peter Jennings reporting on rioting: "Outside the south central area, few cared about the violence because it didn't affect them." Also of interest is "It's a Man's World", a rap-conversation with Yo-Yo; the two verbally spar and trade sexist barbs back and forth; outside of this song, the album received criticism for alleged sexism, as in "You Can't Fade Me", a humorous track where Cube fantasizes about kicking a former one-night stand in the stomach because she is pregnant with his baby. "Nigga You Love To Hate" is also notable for a chorus chanting "Fuck you, Ice Cube", perfectly setting the tone for the album.

Produced by the Bomb Squad (Public Enemy) and Da Lench Mob, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted received accolades for innovation in production upon release. However, many critics do not feel that the beats in the album have aged very well. Since this time, West Coast rap has largely taken a different direction from Ice Cube's style, heading more towards the smooth drawl of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg; and today this album sounds dated as a result.



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