97) Armond White Music Review of rapper Ice Cube’s The Predator and Lethal Injection albums -1994-
“Slinging his rhymes amid cherry, squaking soprano sax and rippling organ fills, Ice Cube achieves an incontestable kind of beauty.
‘Dirty Mack’ is a jazz and rap fusion used as revenge. Ice Cube arms himself with hip hop, taking the age-old, symbolic boasts into the realm of political debate. Frankly, he’s never made a better track than this, and the verbal ingenuity and musical pizzaz of ‘Dirty Mack’ underscores the triumph Ice Cube describes…
Lethal Injection proves that the press backlash was one of the best things to happen to him. It caused Ice Cube to reflect, thereby making one of hip hop’s most interesting examples of intellectualizing and philosophizing–a sign of continuing growth…
Ice Cube, it must be said, has the richest vocal quality in rap. Chuck D has force; LL Cool J., facility; Snoop Doogy Dogg and Slick Rick, crazy style; but Ice Cube has the best sound. Instead of Snoop’s Stephin Fetchit languor, politically spirited Ice Cube takes the rhythm of…”
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