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Rap mogul Ice Cube's debut independent CD release made an impressive first week on various Billboard charts including #2 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart.
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Posted by Dave
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6/15/2006 1:02:51 PM

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 Multi-Platinum and Legendary Godfather of Rap, Ice Cube made an impressive return with the first-week sales debut of his new album, “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” which was independently released on June 6, through his own Lench Mob Records. Cube’s first solo effort in 6 years, “Laugh Now, Cry Later” debuted in this weeks Top 200 sales chart at #4, and Hip Hop/R & B charts at #2, selling 145,000 units in its first week – one of the highest first-week sales totals of any independent hip-hop artist release.

Featuring 18 solid tracks, which boasts production from top-level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil’ Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and Dub C, “Laugh Now, Cry Later” has been warmly received by critics and regarded as one his best bodies of work to date. On the heals of the success of the album’s first official single, the chart topping Scott Storch-produced track, “Why We Thugs,” Cube recently released the album’s second single, “Go to Church,” which was produced by Lil’ Jon and features Snoop Dogg.

Known to be one of the most important figures in rap history, Ice Cube began his career with the Notorious West Coast Gangsta Rap Group N.W.A a little over 18 years ago. At the height of the group’s success, Ice Cube broke away to begin his solo career. His initial release, “Amerikkka's Most Wanted” (Priority, 1990) sold over a 1 million copies.  His sophomore solo effort, "Death Certificate" (Priority, 1991), debuted at #1 on the R&B Album chart, #2 on the Top 200 album chart and went on to sell over 2 million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of both his double album “War and Peace,”  and hit albums “Lethal Injection,” “Bootlegs & B-Sides,” and “The Predator.” Ice Cube has sold over 10 million albums to date. “Laugh Now, Cry Later” is Cube’s sixth album to bow in the top 10 tier of the album chart.

Launched in 2005 by Ice Cube and his management company The Firm, Lench Mob Records is independently owned and operated by Ice Cube and is run out of The Firm offices in Beverly Hills, CA.

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