Comprised of Dr. Released on Ruthless Records, an imprint co-founded by N. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Cube, who began writing rhymes as a teenager, originally intended to become an architect, moving to Arizona to study at the Phoenix Institute of Technology following high school.
Those dreams of drafting blueprints for structural purposes became a reality when he returned to Los Angeles and banded with Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. At the time, the move was unprecedented.
Why would an artist of that stature leave a group at the height of its success? Cube, who initially intended for N. Dre to produce his solo record, got caught in a dilemma when that request was rebuffed by Ruthless Records, leaving him to search elsewhere to construct an entire new sound.
As luck — or fate, depending on who you ask — would have it, Cube ran into Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, an artist on the label whom he mad met the summer before while touring with N. Informing him about his split with N. From there, Cube, along with producer Sir Jinx, camped out at a Long Island warehouse, where they were tasked with digging for records to mine for samples, at the order of The Bomb Squad.
Released as its lead-single, the title-track finds Cube in the midst of a brazen crime spree while evading capture. However, he comes to the realization that the apartment is a crack-house before ultimately become ensnared in a police sting. Under fire from his former group with the song " Miles and Runnin' " , from the EP of the same name, he also recorded the song "Jackin' for Beats", using beats allegedly planned for use on the next N.
A album,  though he would use this several months later on the Kill at Will EP. The album received a fair share of production credited to various Bomb Squad members, with an appearance by Public Enemy frontman Chuck D , despite Jinx's claims that the only Bomb Squad member fully present was Eric Sadler.
Cube contacted me wanting to know if we could do a few tracks for his solo album after the whole NWA thing came to what it was and I was like, I'll do it if I can do the whole album. And he said, that's what I was hoping you would say…y'know…and when we were in the studio he showed up with notebooks and notebooks full of new rhymes, a bag full of rhymebooks. With socio-political conscious and gangsta rap content, its songs delve into the issues of ghetto life, drug addiction , racism and poverty.
Throughout the album, Ice Cube incessantly attacks institutional racism , as well as social norms which directly or indirectly allowed the oppression of those living in the ghettos of Los Angeles to continue. On " Endangered Species Tales from the Darkside ," he predicts that his neighborhood would become a flash point for violence before 's scandal over the beating of Rodney King ,  and takes police to task for the policies that would later lead to the L.
Throughout the album, Cube takes some controversial stands, referring to certain types of African-Americans as " Oreo cookies ", an epithet implying that they appear black on the outside, but have, internally, negative white tendencies. Arsenio Hall is specifically mentioned as being a " sell-out. The title song directly parodies the television show, America's Most Wanted , alleging bias and denouncing the glee the program displays in arresting African-American men.
A later skit, "The Drive By," returns to the same theme at the end, with newscaster Tom Brokaw reporting on rioting, stating: " Outside the south central area, few cared about the violence because it didn't affect them. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted initially charted without the support of a lead single or video, although the title track would later receive a pressing, and a rare video for "Who's the Mack?
It was directed by Alex Winter. The title track was the first official single from the album - the B-side for the song was "Once Upon a Time in the Projects". Who's the Mack? Upon release, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted received critical acclaim, and over the years it has been regarded by many as a hip-hop classic.
A 's crucial element. He's an unusually gifted rhymer, and his delivery is even more self-assured. He throws ghetto life in our faces and dares us to draw our own conclusions". Ice Cube's social, and political commentary, delivered in an incisive manner, has influenced numerous rappers since Amerikkka's Most Wanted , particularly in the gangsta rap and political rap subgenres. Although Ice Cube's popularity among mainstream listeners has lessened since the s, and his sound may be considered distinctively old school to modern ears, many notable rappers themselves have been influenced by AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted.
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