Raw Footage

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This article is about the Ice Cube album. For for the film term, see Footage.
Raw Footage
Rawfootage.jpg
Studio album by Ice Cube
Released August 19, 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre
Length 64:34
Label Lench Mob
Producer
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About 4/5 stars[2]
AllHipHop (8/10)[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
ChartAttack 4/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[6]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[7]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Source 4/5 stars[10]
XXL (favorable)[11]

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] 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.

Singles[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

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]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "What Is a Pyroclastic Flow?"   John Murphy 0:54
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 4:00
7. "Cold Places"
  • Jackson
  • D. Underdue
  • T. Underdue
Hallway Productionz 4:12
8. "Jack N the Box" Tha Bizness 4:22
9. "Do Ya Thang"
  • Jackson
  • M. Palumbo
Palumbo Beats 4:04
10. "Thank God"
Hallway Productionz 5:28
11. "Here He Come" (featuring Doughboy)
  • Jackson
  • Darrell Finister II
  • Gene Griffin
Symphony 4:32
12. "Get Money, Spend Money, No Money"
  • Jackson
  • Haynie
Emile 4:07
13. "Get Used to It" (featuring WC and The Game)
EmBeatz 4:25
14. "Tomorrow" Campbell 3:40
15. "Stand Tall"
3:46
16. "Take Me Away" (featuring Butch Cassidy)
Young Fokus, DJay Cas 4:03
Notes
  • "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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/raw-footage/ice-cube
  2. ^ About review
  3. ^ AllHipHop review
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ ChartAttack review
  6. ^ HipHopDX review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 19, 2008)
  10. ^ 2004
  11. ^ XXL review
  12. ^ "Ice Cube interview". April 4, 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" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Ice Cube.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ice Cube – Raw Footage". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "Ice Cube – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Ice Cube. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "Ice Cube – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Ice Cube. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "Ice Cube – Chart history" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Ice Cube. Retrieved May 21, 2015.

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