I Am the West - Ice Cube
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  • Summary: As one of the most well-known West Coast MCs, Ice Cube's ninth studio album heralds his love of California and his hometown of Compton.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Most won't have the skills to follow his playbook, either on or off the field, but Cube's utterly unique I Am the West shows the younger generation how to cross 40 while retaining their freedom and baller status.
  2. On the tracks of I Am the West that work the best, he's still got the vintage gruff demeanor, lyrical ferocity and hard hitting beats to claim some significant ownership of the Pacific shoreline. At other times he desperately desires to have a contemporary sound, and that's where things fall apart, but those mistakes can be overlooked or easily skipped compared to the quality of the overall presentation.
  3. While the leader has become absorbed by the pack, however, at least I Am the West doesn't go down without a mouthy fight.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Despite some uneven quality control, here's proof that this veteran MC still has things to say. [Dec 2010, p.94]
  5. His rants get boring over track after track of bland Nineties G-funk (a promised collaboration with his estranged N.W.A homey Dr. Dre never came through).
  6. Judging by moments like these, when Cube's performance is allowed to take center stage, I Am the West becomes an engaging hip-hop record.
  7. So even if I Am the West is little more than another reminder of what Cube's day job was before becoming a Hollywood supermogul, if it does result in someone's hearing AmeriKKKA's Most Wanted or Death Certificate for the first time in 2010, it's done its job.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    not cube's best but One of the best of the year Drink the koolaid is probably the best song it needed to be at lest 150 characters long. its good Expand
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    This is one of the coolest album from ice cube. It only reached 22 th place in Billboard 200 list with 22 000 songs in album sold. Album were sold 44 000 in 7 th november 2010. Some f the tracks in album are bit of lame, but most of theme are good. Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    9
    Not the best his album. There are several weak tracks, but still has something to say. The main problem is weak beats. Ice Cube still Rep that West!!!