Laugh Now, Cry Later

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Laugh Now, Cry Later
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 2006
Ice Cube chronology
Greatest Hits
Laugh Now, Cry Later
Raw Footage
Singles from Laugh Now, Cry Later
  1. "Why We Thugs"
    Released: April 13, 2006
  2. "Go to Church"
    Released: June 1, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[4]
Okayplayer4.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Source4/5 stars[8]
USA Today3/4 stars[9]
Vibe4/5 stars[10]

Laugh Now, Cry Later is the seventh studio album by rapper Ice Cube, released on June 6, 2006. It is Ice Cube's first album to be released on his independently owned record label Lench Mob Records, Virgin Records, and EMI. This album is his first studio album in six years since his previous album, War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc). After spending the previous six years mainly doing movie projects, it could be considered a comeback album. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 145,000 copies in the first week.


Unlike Cube's previous album, Laugh Now, Cry Later features only a handful of collaborations. These include songs with West Coast rappers Snoop Dogg and WC, and Southern rapper Lil Jon. Laugh Now, Cry Later was preceded by the street single and accompanying video "Chrome & Paint". The first official single was the Scott Storch produced "Why We Thugs". The follow-up single, released in late June 2006, is the song "Go to Church", featuring Snoop Dogg and Lil Jon. The third single released from the album was the promo-only Steal the Show.

In the song "Growin' Up" he talks about and honours his deceased friend and co-rapper Eazy-E who along with Ice Cube were members of rap group N.W.A. "Never thought I'd see Eazy in a casket, thanks for everything, that's on everything. I learnt a lot of game from you, I like your son, he's got his name from you".

In an interview taken during its release, Ice Cube said: "I want to make a record that was like a history book. I wanted to make a record that does what all good hip-hop does: it makes you feel good; it kind of pumps you up, but it also shows you a part of life that you might not have been paying attention to or might not even know exists".[11]

Ice Cube re-released the album on October 31, 2006 under the name Laugh Now, Cry Later: O.G. Limited Edition. The DualDisc contains concert and backstage footage as well as a playable music video for each song.[12] The artwork for this album contains a picture of Ice Cube holding a custom gold Colt Anaconda. A clean version of the album was also made. It replaces most of the profanities by repeating or using a sound effect. Released independently on his Lench Mob Records the album has been certified gold by the RIAA,[13] which is generally unprecedented for an album released on an independent label. Laugh Now, Cry Later has sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide as of 2015.[14]

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 144,000 copies. In its second week, the album ranked number 7, selling 88,000 copies; and on the third week it ranked number 12, selling 73,000 copies. In the fourth week, it ranked number 31, selling 28,000 more copies. The album was certified gold by the RIAA in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

1."Definition of a West Coast G (Intro)" 0:14
2."Why We Thugs"Scott Storch3:45
3."Smoke Some Weed"Bud'da3:46
4."Dimes & Nicks (A Call From Mike Epps)" 1:06
5."Child Support"Hallway Productionz4:01
6."2 Decades Ago (Insert)" 0:14
7."Doin' What It 'Posed 2Do"Emile4:07
8."Laugh Now, Cry Later"Sean C3:36
9."Stop Snitchin'"Swizz Beatz3:15
10."Go to Church" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Lil' Jon)Lil' Jon4:00
11."The Nigga Trap"DJ Green Lantern3:48
12."A History of Violence" 1:09
13."Growin' Up"Laylaw & D-Mac3:53
14."Click, Clack - Get Back!"Emile3:09
15."The Game Lord"Hallway Productionz4:09
16."Chrome & Paint" (featuring WC)Bud'da3:27
17."Steal the Show"Scott Storch4:12
18."You Gotta Lotta That" (featuring Snoop Dogg)Lil Jon4:06
19."Spittin' Pollaseeds" (featuring WC and Kokane)Laylaw & D-Mac5:04
20."Holla @ Cha Boy"Lil' Jon3:30


  • "Chrome & Paint" – contains a sample of "The Continental Walk" by Hank Ballard
  • "Click Clack Get Back" – contains a sample of "Captain Bobby Stout" by The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood
  • "Spittin Pollaseeds" – contains a sample of "Baby" by Brandy
  • "A History of Violence" – contains a sample of "Memory Lane" by Minnie Riperton and a sample of "In the House - In a Heartbeat" by John Murphy
  • "Child Support" – contains a sample of "Kick in the Door" by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Growin' Up" – contains a sample of "Memory Lane" by Minnie Riperton
  • "Laugh Now, Cry Later" – contains a sample of "Master Plan" by Alan Tew
  • "Stop Snitchin'" – contains a sample of "Gangsta Gangsta" by N.W.A


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 46
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 129
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 63
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 152
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[21] 11
US Billboard 200[22] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 2
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[24] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Billboard 200 137
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 36


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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