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AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Studio album by Ice Cube

Released

16 May 1990

Recorded

January-April 1990 at Greene Street Studios (New York City)

Genre

Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, political hip hop

Length

49:36

Label

Priority

Producer

The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube, Eric Sadler, Sir Jinx

Ice Cube chronology

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Kill at Will (1990)

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is the debut album by American rapper Ice Cube, released in 1990 on Priority Records. It was released a few months after his bitter departure from N.W.A, and after a relocation to New York City from Los Angeles. Although N.W.A producer Dr. Dre wanted to collaborate with Ice Cube for the album, the plan was denied by label powers. It was instead primarily produced by The Bomb Squad, with contributions from Ice Cube himself and Dre's cousin Sir Jinx.

With socio-political conscious and gangsta rap content, its songs delve into the issues of ghetto life, drug addiction, racism and poverty. Through the album, Ice Cube consistently attacks institutions for perceived or actual racist tendencies, as well as social norms which directly or indirectly allowed the opression of those living in the ghettos of Los Angeles to continue. Ice Cube's social and political commentary, delivered in an incisive manner, has influenced many rappers in the gangsta rap and political subgenres. Focusing on the hardships of life in South Central, Los Angeles, as well as criticising the American Justice System and race relations in the United States, Ice Cube became an outspoken voice of U.S. social customs tipped against young African-Americans.

The album was an unexpectedly large critical and commercial success, peaking at #19 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts without having a lead single or music video released. It remains one of the most defining hip hop albums of the 1990s.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Better Off Dead" - Ice Cube, Sir Jinx, Eric Sadler 1:03
2. "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 3:13
3. "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 4:08
4. "What They Hittin' Foe?" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 1:23
5. "You Can't Fade Me"/"JD's Gaffilin'" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 5:13
6. "Once Upon a Time In the Projects" Ice Cube Sir Jinx, The Bomb Squad (co.) 3:40
7. "Turn Off the Radio" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 2:37
8. "Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)" Ice Cube, Chuck D The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 3:22
9. "A Gangsta's Fairytale" Ice Cube Ice Cube, Sir Jinx, Eric Sadler, The Bomb Squad (co.) 3:17
10. "I'm Only Out For One Thang" Ice Cube, Flavor Flav Sir Jinx, Ice Cube, The Bomb Squad (co.) 2:11
11. "Get Off My Dick and Tell Your Bitch to Come Here" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 0:57
12. "The Drive-By" - Sir Jinx 1:02
13. "Rollin' wit the Lench Mob" Ice Cube The Bomb Squad, Ice Cube (co.), Sir Jinx (co.) 3:44
14. "Who's the Mack?" Ice Cube Sir Jinx, The Bomb Squad 4:34
15. "It's a Man's World" Ice Cube, Yo-Yo Sir Jinx, Ice Cube 5:27
16. "The Bomb" Ice Cube Sir Jinx, The Bomb Squad (co.) 3:27

Notes

  • Track 1 features vocals performed by Ice Cube and Brian Holt.
  • Track 2 features background vocals performed by Dan Wood, Epitome of Scratch, Krissta and Keith Shocklee, and bass and rock guitar performed by Al "Purple" Hayes.
  • Track 3 features background vocals performed by Sir Jinx, J. Dee, Dan Wood and Ricky Harris.
  • Track 4 features background vocals performed by The Lench Mob.
  • Track 5 features bass performed by Al "Purple" Hayes.
  • Track 6 features background vocals performed by Shannon and Jackie Farmer, and rock guitar performed by Al "Purple" Hayes.
  • Track 7 features background vocals performed by Ricky Harris, D.E.L., T-Bone and The Lench Mob.
  • Track 8 features background vocals performed by The Lench Mob and The Bomb Squad.
  • Track 9 features background vocals performed by Dan Wood, Son of Beserk, Lil Les and Krissta, and piano performed by Tim "Timteo" Rollins.
  • Track 12 features vocals performed by Sir Jinx and Keith Shocklee.
  • Track 13 features vocals performed by J. Dee, T-Bone and Sir Jinx, and rock guitar performed by Al "Purple" Hayes.
  • Track 14 features background vocals performed by Son of Beserk, saxophone and flute performed by Vincent Henry, and piano performed by Tim "Timteo" Rollins.
  • Track 16 features background vocals performed by J. Dee, T-Bone and Ricky Harris.

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