Old School Mondays:: Bootlegs & B-Sides Edition

There are some Golden Age rap dudes that shall pretty much keep their herohill creds no matter how corny they get in the present day. Ice Cube is pretty much the perfect example of this. I know you know the deal with Cube, there’s few rappers who have done as well for themselves 20 years on from the heyday of their rappin’ career, but there also aren’t many who are making kids movies these days.

 

So yeah, I know the deal with Cube, but you have to keep in mind how awesome he was in the early 90′s. I mean really, if he wasn’t the baddest dude in rap at that time, he was easily in the top 3. Not only was he a tremendous MC, he had an amazing delivery and could write lyrics like few others then or since, but keep in mind his career path: he started out with N.W.A., like the biggest rebels in the biz at the time, and he turned his back on them because he didn’t think they were keeping it real enough (and/or ripping him off) and hooked up with Public Enemy and the Bomb Squad, perhaps the most revered collective in hip hop at the time. I loved PE, and I was a huge Cube fan, so when Amerikkka’s Most Wanted came out, I was amazed.

 

That might be why seeing things like Cube doing Straight Out of Compton with The Roots before appearing on Jimmy Fallon still gets me excited. It also seemed like a perfect tie-in for OSM, but I just posted Straight Out Of Compton last week, so that was a no go. I went looking through my old material, and came across my casette copy of Cube’s Bootlegs & B-Sides, and that seemed good enough for me. Besides, there are plenty of awesome songs on there, so I doubt anyone will complain.

 

Certainly everyone would have their opinion as to which of the songs on this album should get a posting, but first and foremost, I’m going with the Check Yo Self (Remix) - Cube killing it, Das EFX on the hook, all over The Message beat? Hard to beat. So while I’m in a remix mood, I’m gonna go with a couple more. I always liked What Can I Do? (it reminded my of My Summer Vacation, a song I loved on Death Certificate), from the classic Lethal Injection, and this remix is also a winner in my book. And while we’re doing remixes, we can’t leave out the lovely summer strings of the It Was A Good Day remix. Another west coast classic that one. So there you go, three Cube mixes for your Monday, enjoy.

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MP3:: Ice Cube - Check Yo Self (Remix)

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MP3:: Ice Cube - What Can I Do (Remix)

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MP3:: Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day (Remix)

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