Raw Footage

Raw Footage

by Ice Cube


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Dealing with the good, the bad, and especially the ugly, Raw Footage is an appropriate title for Ice Cube's eighth album. Some kind of subtitle that mentioned the yin and yang of life would have made it perfect because the tracks here are as inclined to paradoxes as the man himself and offer just as few excuses. If you want insight into how a man justifies making family fun movies by day and hardcore rap by night, the only answer offered is that you grow up in this cruel world and you deal any way you know how, something that drives the great "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It." This key track may not be "fair and balanced," but it's honest and revealing as Cube embraces what he wants from the good -- a literate life that damns those who "read your first book in the penitentiary" -- and the commonly accepted bad as he attacks Oprah and everyone else who has a problem with hardcore rap using the "N" word. The 187 in "Why Me?" could be a metaphor for the attacks from Cube's detractors ("You want to take the life God handed to me/Send it back to him 'cuz you ain't a fan of me") while "Jack in the Box" suggests he's already won the war with "Fool, I'm the greatest/You just the latest/I'm loved by your grandmamma/And your babies." The album's guiding principle, "only thing I expect is self-check," is dropped in "Get Money, Spend Money, No Money," but the great news is that all these standoffish and self-serving rhymes are written with that whipsmart wit and sit on a bed of wonderfully minimal beats from lesser knowns like Young Fokus and Emile. The only time things sound slick are when an Eddie Kendricks sample meets Angie Stone's vocals on "Hood Mentality," or when the so-big-in-2008 Young Jeezy shows up for the disappointing and out of place "I Got My Locs On." The bombastic intro and interludes with Keith David could go too, but otherwise this no-answers, gritty ego trip will satisfy his fans while pushing everyone else away even further.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Lench Mob Records
UPC: 5099923463523
catalogNumber: 34635
Rank: 30566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
DeVere Duckett   Background Vocals
John Murphy   Keyboards
Angie Stone   Background Vocals
WC   Background Vocals
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Warryn Campbell   Various
Traci Nelson   Background Vocals
Musiq (Soulchild)   Vocals
Keith David   Vocals,Spoken Word,Voiceover
G. Koop   Guitar
Romeo Johnson   Background Vocals
Shareef Jackson   Background Vocals
O'Shea Jackson   Background Vocals
George Mathews   Keyboards
DJ Crazytoones   scratching

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Composer
Tom Brock   Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Instrumentation
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
Young Jeezy   Composer
P.N.O.   Composer
Dee Underdue   Composer

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Raw Footage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this album expecting it to be good, but damn! This album is by far Cube's best album and the best album I've heard in a couple years. If your any type of fan of rap you GOTTA get this album 4 mic's, shh I give it 5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago