Audio Mixers: Dave Pensado; Dr. Dre; Serban Ghenea.
Audio Remixers: D-Maq; Laylaw.
Recording information: Right Track Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: William Hames; Mario Castellanos; Pamela Springsteen; Ed Colver.
Ice Cube's ferocious frown is familiar now from multiple big and small screen appearances, but as this collection reminds us, he's still first and foremost the thinking street thug's rapper, one of the original gangstas. GREATEST HITS isn't sequenced chronologically, jumping frantically from 1998's "Pushing Weight" to 1994's "Check Yo Self" with its "Message" backing track, to 1990's furious Public Enemy-influenced "Jackin' For Beats" (Ice Cube's departure from P.E.'s rivals N.W.A. presaged his hooking up with the Bomb Squad, Public Enemy's production team). But though the patchwork song list makes a clear overview of Cube's career difficult, it also makes for some thrilling twists and turns, for instance between the rowdy, early-'90s "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate" to the equally tumultuous but more sophisticated "Late Night Hour," recorded in 2001. What's obvious from even the most cursory overview of this set is Ice Cube's huge contribution to rap and hip-hop music, and over a decade's worth of unswerving dedication to putting his message across.
Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.130) - "...Cube's ghetto dissent never goes out of style..."