Ice Cube

10 Great Songs

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It's aptly titled, but when it comes to Cube, is that all you want? To paraphrase the West Coast legend, you better check yourself before you squander your dough on this small slice of the rapper's massive output, but this disc is part of the 10 Great Songs series, so Cube falls under the same rules as Paula Abdul, Trace Adkins, and Queensr├┐che (and it seems like just yesterday that gangsta rap's "popular acceptance" was being argued). On that level, it's a success, and a fine, quick pickup if that's what's in order. Besides, any disc with "It Was a Good Day," "Check Yo Self," and "Bop Gun" on it could only be bungled down to a B+, and only if the rest was dreck, which certainly isn't the case here.

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