Ice Cube Collects His Best for New Capitol/Priority Release
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 6 -- During the course of Ice Cube's legendary music and film career, many of his recordings have been featured in major films and soundtracks, including his blockbuster Friday and Barbershop franchises, Boyz N The Hood, Scary Movie 2, Higher Learning, The Player's Club and Bulworth. Ice Cube has compiled and sequenced a new collection of his best music for the silver screen, Ice Cube: In the Movies, to be released September 4 by Capitol/Priority. Among the CD's 16 standout tracks are collaborations with Dr. Dre, Ice-T and Paul Oakenfold, and an out-of-print song that is exclusively available on this release, "Maniac In The Brainiac" (with Mack 10) from Bulworth.
In the late 1980s, Ice Cube began his career as a member of Compton, California's pioneering, critically acclaimed and notorious gangsta rap group, N.W.A. On his first solo album, 1990's platinum-certified AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Ice Cube's razor-sharp sociopolitical and cultural missives from the streets went beyond N.W.A's gangbanging braggadocio, and he dismissed bi-coastal rap rivalries to collaborate with New York's hip-hop heavyweights Public Enemy. Rolling Stone awarded the album its highest 5-star rating, the album's title track topped Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, and the album peaked at #6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Firmly established as a solo artist, Ice Cube became a musical and cultural lightning rod, his music attracting alternating praise and disdain from the media and moralists. Despite being singled out in an unprecedented public statement of condemnation from Billboard upon its release, Cube's 1991 album, Death Certificate, debuted at #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart and at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and was soon certified platinum.
In 1992, Ice Cube made his film acting debut with his acclaimed role in John Singleton's epic film, Boyz N The Hood. That same year, his third album, The Predator, made chart history by being the first album to ever debut at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop charts and went double-platinum, cementing Ice Cube's reign as the West Coast's premier multi-platinum hip-hop artist. 1993's platinum-certified Lethal Injection debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Lethal Injection would be Ice Cube's last album for five years, as his focus shifted to film acting and screenwriting and music producing. In 1995, he appeared in Higher Learning; his track "Higher" from the film is included on In the Movies.
Ice Cube is one of Hollywood's most bankable and versatile talents. His film career is off the charts with his blockbuster Friday and Barbershop franchises and executive producer work for several other hit movies, including Beauty Shop, All About the Benjamins and The Player's Club. Cube's music career is also back in full swing with his seventh solo album, 2006's gold-certified Laugh Now, Cry Later, from his own Lench Mob Records label.
"Cube commands attention and respect with anything he does; no matter the venue, Ice Cube's presence simply cannot be discounted." (Peter Relic, Rolling Stone Album Guide)
Written by DJ Z on 08/7/07
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