AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

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AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is rapper Ice Cube's [1] debut solo studio album, released after his acrimonious split from his former group N.W.A. It was originally released on May 16, 1990. Primarily produced by The Bomb Squad (Public Enemy's production team), the album was an unexpectedly large critical,[2] and commercial[3] success, and remains one of the defining hip hop albums of the 1990s.

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Background

Conception

After departing from Ruthless Records and the west coast-based group N.W.A., Ice Cube immediately moved to record his own album. Cube maintains that originally, he and N.W.A. producer Dr. Dre still wanted to collaborate for Cube's debut solo, but the move was nixed by label powers:

—Ice Cube, XXL, The Making of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted[4]

Linking up with Sir Jinx, Dr. Dre's cousin, Cube made use of pre-written notebooks of songs meant for N.W.A. member/Ruthless co-founder Eazy-E.[5] After relocating to New York,[6] they worked on the songs, which included "Once Upon a Time in the Projects," "Get Off My Dick and Tell Yo Bitch to Come Here" and "Gangsta's Fairytale," among others. Under fire from his former group with the song "100 Miles and Runnin'," from the EP of the same name, he also recorded the song "Jackin' For Beats," using beats allegedly planned for use on the next N.W.A. album,[7] though he would use this several months later on the Kill at Will EP.

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