Present day Hip-Hop relies heavily on serial albums. From The Blueprint to Detox, there is momentum in many great artists’ catalogs that keeps the listener engaged while threading a concept. Twenty five years ago this week, Ice Cube released Death Certificate. This platinum album followed 1990’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted solo breakout, and its supplementary EP, Kill At Will. By 1991, Ice Cube had put a toe-tag on the competition with an inventive, conceptual, and outspoken release that Hip-Hop fans hold in the highest regard. But he did not do it alone.
Sir Jinx had been making music with Cube since before N.W.A. The artists founded C.I.A. together, and stood in the same ensemble on the N.W.A. & Posse album cover. After Cube exited his group, and the production of Dr. Dre (Jinx’s cousin) & DJ Yella, the artists reunited to make some of the most fiery, rhythmic, and timeless music in the canon of Gangsta Rap and Hip-Hop. In honor of the anniversary, Jinx spoke with Ambrosia For Heads. Within, he reveals some inside information on a classic album. “No Vaseline,” a song Rap fans often consider to be a vitriolic diss—was more than a year old when released. Jinx believes it was much more of a battle than a beef. Moreover, the producer explains the collaborative studio spirit of himself, Cube, and The Boogiemen—led by Friday writer/actor DJ Pooh, as well as a fertile group of MCs looking on. From “The Birth” of the album, to its completion, this true to the game discussion exemplifies why Death Certificate lives eternally in the ears and hearts of many.
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