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Priority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "LPriority/Capitol will release expanded versions of Ice Cube's first four album in coming weeks. On Feb. 25, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" and "Death Certificate" will be issued, with "The Predator" and "Lethal Injection" to follow on March 11. Additionally, the label will release "Ice Cube: The Video Collection" on DVD on April 1.
Cube's first album away from N.W.A., "Amerikka's Most Wanted" peaked at No. 19 on The Billboard 200. The set will be repackaged with the "Kill At Will" EP, also released in 1990. The seven-track EP features a pair of remixes, as well as "Dead Homiez," "Jackin' for Beats," "The Product," "JD's Gafflin'," and "I Gotta Say What Up!!"
"Death Certificate," which peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, will feature the bonus track "How to Survive in South Central," which was originally released on the soundtrack to "Boyz in the Hood." Ice Cube's 1992 album "The Predator," his best selling set at 2.2 million units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, will contain B-sides "24 WRR an L" and "U Ain't Gonna Take My Life," as well as remixes to "It Was a Good Day" and "Check Yo Self."
Ice Cube's 1993 album "Lethal Injection" will also feature four extra tracks. Remixes of "You Know How We Do It," "Lil' Ass Gee," and two versions of "What Can I Do" will be compiled on the disc. One version of the latter is a mix by A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad that has never been released on CD.
The releases come a few months after Priority/Capitol re-released N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" and "Niggaz4Life," as well as a the second edition of "The N.W.A. Legacy."
Most of the rapper's recent success has come in the film industry. He recently starred in "Barbershop" and "'Friday After Next," and this year will be seen in "Torque," a motorcycle racing film; "Pimp," based on the life of Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck; and "Stray Dawgz," a werewolf thriller. Also set for release this year is "De-Fense," a football-centered comedy that Ice Cube is producing and co-wrote.