Ice Cube & Hank Shocklee Talk Making ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’

shockwebpic_amerikkkasmost25anniversaryIce Cube’s album ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and Complex published an interview with Ice Cube and our own Hank Shocklee discussing the making of the album and its 25-Year Legacy. They talk about the recording process, keeping the west coast bounce, the similarities between N.W.A and Public Enemy and the albums importance then and now.

Released in spring 1990, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (#19 pop, #6 R&B, 1990) went gold in 10 days and platinum in three months.

While Cube was trying to make his solo effort a reality, he was going through a nasty breakup with his group N.W.A. He still wanted Dr. Dre to helm the production side of things, but his label, Ruthless Records, felt different. So with his plans thwarted, Cube decided to take a trip to New York in search of producers willing to unify both coasts. Already a huge fan of Public Enemy, the West Coast’s most prominent rapper linked up with the group’s production team, the Bomb Squad…

Hank: He bought a one-way ticket to come out. He explained his position, and I respected it. He had like 10 composition notebooks full of material with him, and I was shocked. Everybody wants to do an album, but nobody understands how intense doing an album really is.

Read the full feature, Ice Cube and Hank Shocklee Talk Making ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’ and Its 25-Year Legacy at Complex.

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