Ice Cube Debuts On Top 5

ICE CUBE’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SIX YEARS,
“LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER” DEBUTS TOP 5 ON THE TOP 200 ALBUM SALES CHART
AND TOP 2 ON HIP HOP/R & B SALES CHART

Multi-Platinum and Legendary Godfather of Rap Makes Impressive Return with Independent Release of New LP through his own Lench Mob Records

(New
York, NY – June 15, 2006) – 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.

ABOUT LENCH MOB RECORDS

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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