Raw Footage

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Raw Footage
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2008
Ice Cube chronology
Laugh Now, Cry Later
Raw Footage
I Am the West
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
Aggregate scores
Review scores
About4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
ChartAttack4/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
The Source4/5 stars[10]

Raw Footage is the eighth studio album by American rapper Ice Cube. It was released on August 19, 2008, by his record label Lench Mob Records [12][13] and EMI. The album features guest appearances from The Game, Butch Cassidy, Musiq Soulchild, Young Jeezy and WC. The album is his most political effort, since over a decade earlier with the release of his album The Predator (1992).

Preceding the release, supported by three singles; "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It", "Do Ya Thang", and "Why Me?" featuring Musiq Soulchild.


The lead single from the album, called "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" was released January 3, 2008. The song was produced by Maestro. In this single "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It", Ice Cube addresses society's view of gangsta rap music, which has sometimes been blamed for criminality in America. On February 12, 2008, the single became available via iTunes. The music video[14] features cameo appearances by WC and DJ Crazy Toones.

The album's second single, called "Do Ya Thang" was released through the iTunes on June 24, 2008. The song was produced by Palumbo Beats.

The music video for the third single, "Why Me?" featuring Musiq Soulchild,[15] premiered on BET's 106 & Park on September 24, 2008.

Other songs[edit]

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


The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 70,000 copies in the United States.[16] In its second week of release the Album ranked on #8 on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies more sold. As of 2016 the album sold 713,500 copies in the United States and 925,000 copies Worldwide. The album sold over 15,000 copies between 2012 - 2015 alone through Spotify streams, with over 40million streams Worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

1."What Is a Pyroclastic Flow?" John Murphy0:54
2."I Got My Locs On" (featuring Young Jeezy)
3."It Takes a Nation"
4."Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"
5."Hood Mentality"
Hallway Productionz5:11
6."Why Me?" (featuring Musiq Soulchild)
Hallway Productionz4:00
7."Cold Places"
  • Jackson
  • D. Underdue
  • T. Underdue
Hallway Productionz4:12
8."Jack N the Box"Tha Bizness4:22
9."Do Ya Thang"
  • Jackson
  • M. Palumbo
Palumbo Beats4:04
10."Thank God"
Hallway Productionz5:28
11."Here He Come" (featuring Doughboy)
  • Jackson
  • Darrell Finister II
  • Gene Griffin
12."Get Money, Spend Money, No Money"
  • Jackson
  • Haynie
13."Get Used to It" (featuring WC and The Game)
15."Stand Tall"
16."Take Me Away" (featuring Butch Cassidy)
Young Fokus, DJay Cas4:03
  • "What Is a Pyroclastic Flow?", "Hood Mentality", "Jack N the Box" and "Take Me Away" features a voice over by Keith David.
  • "Cold Places" also featured on Ice Cube's greatest hits album The Essentials.
Sample credits


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 96
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 14
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 53
US Billboard 200[20] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[22] 1


  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/raw-footage/ice-cube
  2. ^ About review
  3. ^ AllHipHop review
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ ChartAttack review Archived 2009-01-09 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ HipHopDX review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau review
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on August 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-15.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ 2004
  11. ^ XXL review
  12. ^ "Ice Cube interview". April 4, 2007. Archived from the original on October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  13. ^ "Suntimes interview". Chicago Sun-Times. April 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
  14. ^ Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It. BallerStatus. Accessed January 13, 2008.
  15. ^ Ice Cube Gets Political with ‘Why Me?’ Video. Rap-up.com. Accessed September 3, 2008.
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1044342/jonas-brothers-begin-second-week-at-no-1
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ice Cube – Raw Footage" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ice Cube Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ice Cube – Raw Footage". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "Ice Cube Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "Ice Cube Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "Ice Cube Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.

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