This weekend (16th May 2015) marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Ice Cube’s politically charged debut LP ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted’. Produced by the Bomb Squad, the album is as uncompromising sonically as it is lyrically, bearing many of the hallmarks of the squad’s production on early Public Enemy releases. The album displayed a more thoughtful style of lyricism than that evident on NWA releases and whilst the LP arguably courted controversy in a similar way to those of the group, there was without doubt a more focused political agenda here, a theme built upon in subsequent LPs, in particular the 1991 follow up ‘Death Certificate’. The album comes in at #1 on Ego Trip’s list of 1990’s top rap albums. A track from Ice Cube’s ‘Kill at Will’ EP which preceded the LP appears on our 1990 Rap Megamix.
Stream the full album on Youtube here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]