The Essentials (Ice Cube album)

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The Essentials
The essentials ice cube album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Ice Cube
Released September 16, 2008[1]
Recorded 1990–2008
Genre West Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, G-Funk
Label Priority
Ice Cube chronology
Raw Footage
(2008)Raw Footage2008
The Essentials
I Am the West
(2010)I Am the West2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]

The Essentials is the second greatest hits album by American rapper Ice Cube, released September 16, 2008 on Priority Records.[5]

Track listing [5][edit]

# Song Year Featured guests Original album
1* "Go to Church" 2006 Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon Laugh Now, Cry Later
2* "A Bird in the Hand" 1991 Death Certificate
3 "Ghetto Vet" 1998 Mack 10, Mr. Short Khop War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)
4 "Greed" 1998 War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)
5* "Supreme Hustle" 2000 War & Peace Vol. 2
6* "It Was a Good Day" 1992 The Predator
7 "Spittin' Pollaseeds" 2006 WC, Kokane Laugh Now, Cry Later
8 "Rollin' with The Lench Mob" 1990 AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
9 "The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit" 1991 Death Certificate
10 "When Will They Shoot?" 1992 The Predator
11 "Why We Thugs / Smoke Some Weed (Medley - Live)" 2006 WC, Crazy Toones Laugh Now, Cry Later
12 "Givin' Up The Nappy Dugout" 1991 Death Certificate
13* "A Gangsta's Fairytale" 1990 AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
14 "Check Yo Self" 1992 Das EFX The Predator
15 "What Can I Do?" 1993 Lethal Injection
16* "War & Peace" 1998 War & Peace Vol. 1
17 "Dead Homiez" 1990 Kill at Will
18 "Cold Places" 2008 Raw Footage
  • Note: As track eleven is a live recording, it may have been recorded after 2006; however, the tracks sung are from the cited album.
  • Track 3 was remastered in 2007.
  • Tracks marked with an asterisk (*) were remastered in 2008.