Ice Cube - War & Peace, Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Bryan Dailey   
Tuesday, 21 March 2000

Ice Cube
War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)
format: CD
label: Priority Records
performance: 6
sound 7
reviewed by: Bryan Dailey

Ice Cube is to the hardcore gangster rap world what Will Smith is to the mainstream rap world. Beginning his rap career in high school with his group CIA and moving on to form N.W.A. with Dr. Dre and Eazy E, Ice Cube (born O’Shea Jackson) quickly became a household name in rap music on his own terms. Ice Cube has branched out to roles in feature films (‘Boyz ‘N The Hood,’ ‘Friday’ & ‘Three Kings,’ to name just a few) and has even directed, written and produced movies, along with producing 20 music videos for himself and other artists. Even with all of these side projects, Ice Cube has somehow found the time and inspiration to craft a 17-track follow-up to his 1998 album War & Peace Volume 1 (The War Disc) with War & Peace Volume 2 (The Peace Disc).

Always irreverent and never apologetic, Ice Cube hasn’t been afraid to take on any subject in his lyrics and this album is no exception. Ice Cube takes vocal stabs at record companies and lawyers, brags of his prowess with the ladies, and even gives us his rendition of Shakespeare meets the ghetto on the track "Pimp Homeo."

Ice Cube has recently had radio success with two of the tracks from this album, "You Can Do It" featuring Mack 10 and Ms. Toi, and "Until We Rich" featuring Krazy Bone. Taking a note from Warren G’s book of songwriting, "Until We Rich" is a laid-back groove that sounds as if it were specifically made to be played in a ‘64 Impala convertible while rolling down Crenshaw Blvd. These radio-friendly tracks are among the best on the album, but there are other strong songs here that that makes this album worth a listen.

Comedian Chris Rock makes a hilarious cameo on the album in the track "You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Ta Kick It)." Playing the part of a name-dropping wannabe friend of Ice Cube’s, Rock tries to mack on all the women in the neighborhood by telling them that he’s in tight with Ice Cube and that he wrote all of Cube’s songs and produced all of his movies. Other artists of note that appear on the album are Jayo Felony, Gangta, Sqeak Ru, and Cube’s former N.W.A. partners Dr. Dre and MC Ren.
The first half of this album is well-written, with great lyrics, solid production and songs that are very distinct and memorable. The second half of the album unfortunately lacks the direction and focus of the earlier section. The songs begin to sound more and more alike as the album progresses. I don’t feel that ‘War and Peace Vol. 2’ is necessarily a "must have" for the year 2000, but it contains enough great tracks that you won’t feel cheated if you head down to the local record store or buy this album online.

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