Raw Footage

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Raw Footage
Studio album by Ice Cube
Released August 19, 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, political hip hop
Length 64:34
Label Lench Mob
Producer Ice Cube (exec.)
David "Dizmix" Lopez, DJ Crazy Toones, Jean "J Rock" Borges, P-No, Djay Cas, Emile, EmBeatz, Maestro, Polumbo Beats, Teak & Dee Underdue, Tha Bizness, Warren Campbell, Symphony
Ice Cube chronology
Laugh Now, Cry Later
(2006)
Raw Footage
(2008)
I Am the West
(2010)
Singles from Raw Footage
  1. "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"
    Released: January 3, 2008
  2. "Do Ya Thang"
    Released: July 1, 2008
  3. "Why Me?"
    Released: September 24, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About 4/5 stars[1]
AllHipHop (8/10)[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
ChartAttack 4/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Source 4/5 stars[9]
XXL (favorable)[10]

Raw Footage is the eighth studio album by rapper Ice Cube, released on August 19, 2008.[11][12] The first single, "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It", was released with a music video appearing on his MySpace page on January 3, 2008.[13] The second single is "Do Ya Thang" was released with a music video on his website on July 1, 2008. Guests on the album included The Game, Butch Cassidy, Musiq Soulchild, Young Jeezy and WC. The album is his most political effort since The Predator was released over a decade earlier. In the single "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It", Ice Cube talks about the fact that Gangsta rap is often blamed for crimes. The album was released on an independent label, and had minimum media support, thus it only sold 70,000 copies in the first week. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA Certification with over 500,000 copies sold in the U.S.

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album, "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It", was released January 3, 2008. The single became available on iTunes on February 12, 2008. The music video contained cameos by WC and DJ Crazy Toones.

The second single "Do Ya Thang" was released on June 24, 2008 at the iTunes Store.

The song "It Takes a Nation" was released onto the iTunes Store on May 27, 2008. It was never officially released as a single.

The video for the song "Why Me?".[14] was released on BET on September 24, 2008.

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Top Rap Albums Chart and at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It has received favorable reviews from critics. The album sold over 510,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "What Is a Pyroclastic Flow?"   John Murphy 0:55
2. "I Got My Locs On" (featuring Young Jeezy) P-No 3:43
3. "It Takes a Nation"   Emile 3:26
4. "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"   Maestro 4:41
5. "Hood Mentality"   Hallway Productionz 5:11
6. "Why Me?" (featuring Musiq Soulchild) Hallway Productionz 4:01
7. "Cold Places"   Hallway Productionz 4:13
8. "Jack N the Box"   Tha Bizness 4:23
9. "Do Ya Thang"   Palumbo Beats 4:04
10. "Thank God"   Hallway Productionz 5:28
11. "Here He Come" (featuring Doughboy) Symphony 4:33
12. "Get Money, Spend Money, No Money"   Emile 4:08
13. "Get Used to It" (featuring WC and The Game) Embeatz 4:25
14. "Tomorrow"   Baby Dubb 3:41
15. "Stand Tall"   DJ Crazy Toones, Dizmix 3:46
16. "Take Me Away" (featuring Butch Cassidy) Yung Fokus, Djay Cas 4:03

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ About review
  2. ^ AllHipHop review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ ChartAttack review
  5. ^ HipHopDX review
  6. ^ RapReviews review
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 19, 2008)
  9. ^ 2004
  10. ^ XXL review
  11. ^ "Ice Cube interview". April 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  12. ^ "Suntimes interview". Chicago Sun-Times. April 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  13. ^ Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It. BallerStatus. Accessed January 13, 2008.
  14. ^ Ice Cube Gets Political with ‘Why Me?’ Video. Rap-up.com. Accessed September 3, 2008.

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