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War & Peace, Vol. 2 [Parental Advisory]

Album: War & Peace, Vol. 2: The Peace Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hello - (North American Indian)
2)    Pimp Homeo (Insert)
3)    You Ain't Gotta Lie (Ta Kick It) - (North American Indian)
4)    Gutter S***, The - (North American Indian)
5)    Supreme Hustle - (North American Indian)
6)    Mental Warfare (Insert)
7)    24 Mo' Hours - (North American Indian)
8)    Until We Rich - (North American Indian)
9)    You Can Do It - (North American Indian)
10)    Mackin' & Driving (Insert)
11)    Gotta Be Insanity - (North American Indian)
12)    Roll All Day - (North American Indian)
13)    Can You Bounce? - (North American Indian)
14)    Dinner With The Ceo (Insert)
15)    Record Company Pimpin' - (North American Indian)
16)    Waitin' Ta Hate - (North American Indian)
17)    N**** Of The Century - (North American Indian)
18)    You Can Do It (Instrumental)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Ice Cube, Mack 10, Ms. Toi, Krayzie Bone, Chris Rock, Jato Felony, Pain In Da Ass, One Eye (vocals); Ralphie Boy (keyboards); DJ Joe Rodriquez (scratches).
  • Producers include: DJ Joe Rodriquez, Carl "Chucky" Thompson, One Eye, T-Bone, Ice Cube.
  • Includes liner notes by Jeff Chang.
  • Personnel includes: Ice Cube, Mack 10, Ms. Toi, Krayzie Bone.
  • Producers include: Carl "Chucky" Thompson, Battlecat, One Eye, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Bud'da.
  • Includes liner notes by Jeff Chang.
  • The second volume of WAR & PEACE proved that Ice Cube had not mellowed with age, the strains of a critically acclaimed film career notwithstanding. Much of the disc aspires to the sort of relentless intensity Cube hadn't matched since his solo debut, AMERIKKA'S MOST WANTED. While more restrained than the Bomb Squad's hyperkinetic collages of sound, Dr. Dre's laid-back grooves are a perfect match for Cube's acerbic ghetto wit and biting social commentary. Rolling drum programming and bouncy Roger Troutman-style basslines give the album an old-school feel. Much of the album marries intense grooves and polished production with humorous skits; "Pimp Homeo," for example, is a funny takeoff on ROMEO AND JULIET. Tracks like "Until We Rich," on the other hand, are more laid-back R&B affairs, with more reflective, socially conscious lyrics. While nothing on the set approaches the political and social fire that categorize AMERIKKA'S MOST WANTED, WAR & PEACE still manages to showcase a rap legend at the top of his form.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/11/00, p.131) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Makes an argument for Cube's longevity....We see the badass spiritual resiliency that made Cube so worth imitating in the first place."

Entertainment Weekly (3/24/00, p.102) - "...rough-and-tumble celebrations of gangsta life....Cube's stern vocal presence dominates. No, movie stardom hasn't dulled his edge..." - Rating: B-

Q (5/00, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Ice Cube is still angry. At least he's trying to be....A forefather of gangsta rap....[He] sounds like an old man edging out of a young man's game. Deep down, he knows it..."

The Wire (4/00, p.53) - "...[Cube] celebrates his irritation with industry hangers on, record company CEOs, and hustling young rappers....Production is fat and sassy with plenty of slick moves..."

CMJ (4/3/00, p.35) - "...Easily his dopest shit in years, ...PEACE takes to the dancefloor with the energy of landmark works such as KILL AT WILL and DEATH CERTIFICATE..."

Vibe (5/00, p.172) - "...Travels between gangster stylings and conscious rap....Ice Cube provides something for 'all' of his fans....VOL. 2 is a free-flowing smattering of styles..."

The Source (5/00, pp.212,214) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...He returns to his incendiary roots and delivers a strong album....Cube sounds invigorated here....quality hard-core music....He still reigns as one of hip-hop's most insightful - and important - artists."
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