the critically acclaimed Laugh Now Cry
Rapper, Actor, Producer and Lynch Mob label
head Ice Cube returns with Raw Footage. Ice
Cube showed that he could be versatile throughout
his career and his last album wasn’t
any different as he did songs for the streets
cats and for those out of the streets who want
knowledge. This album features production by
David “Dizmix” Lopez, DJ Crazy
Toones, DJ Toomp, Djay Cas, Emile, Embeatz,
Maestro, Palumbo Beats, Teak & Dee Underdue,
Tha Bizness, Warren Campbell, Yung Fokus and
Swizz Beatz, Cube beats sound like they should
be a strength.
Cube be able to duplicate and even surpass
his last LP’s success?
Let’s get into the GeoReview and find
He starts the songs with “I Got My Locs
On” featuring Young Jeezy a song that
lets Cube do his dirty dirty flow. Jeezy adds
the hook and a verse. This is a hyper intro
to what is to come.
“It Take A Nation” talks
about how ignorance from people especially
African Americans will hold us back. Cube drops
names like Clear Channel and FoxNews while
talking about some of the obstacles many have
put in front of them or put in front of themselves.
Rap Made Me Do” is a exciting track because
Cube points how many of the behaviors young
(and old) African American and poor people
show is related to what they have seen in the
hood or on TV. He plays on the notion that
many try and blame it all on the gangsta rap.
Mentality” talks about changing the reality
by getting rid of the hood mentality and then
proceeds to explain how some people think in
the hood because their expectations are built
to be so low through their family backgrounds,
the governmental system, it’s history
and much more.
In “Why Me” Cube
asks why the black and poor man gets people’s
worse treatment with Musiq Soulchild. Cube
is even talking about treatment from their
own people too!
gets inspirational on “Cold
Places”, a track about how you can escape
the traps of your life…through hard
work, determination and education. Cube also
mentions dirty politics, freeing The Jena Six,
the poor treatment of the Hurricane Katrina
victims, eating right, not getting into the
prison system, believing in a higher power
and taking care of responsibility.
In The Box” has a dope beat produced
by Tha Bizness and Cube talks about his head
being big because he has achieved in the music,
movies and television business.
Ya Thing” talks about not being deterred
from doing what you want to do and “Thank
God” talks about giving props to Gangsta
Rap because it has actually exposed the injustice
in the urban community instead of trying to
blame it for all that is wrong in the world.
tracks include “Get Used To It” featuring
The Game and WC (Westside Connection), “Tomorrow” and “Stand
Overall a much better
album than his last and a return to the type
of lyrics and music he’s
been well-known for before he made it as an
actor/producer. His last album seemed to be
stressed because he wanted to prove he could
still be hard. This album is a good mix of
education and a little tough/reality rap. He
definitely makes a point to talk to the black
community and explain how he’s
made it out of his early years and is successful
now. He ask for community & government
responsibility and shows that he’s no
actor trying to relive his past but a rapper
with skills to still pay those bills and educate
others through words.
give Raw Footage 4.5 GeoGlobes.