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This Week in 1990

EW's May 25, 1990, issue: Behold an angry Ice Cube, a squarely cool Woody Allen, and the completely cold lambada

Ice Cube
Image credit: ICE CUBE: TOM SHEEHAN/London Features International

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Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Today's audiences associate Ice Cube with light comedies such as Barbershop and Are We There Yet? (out on DVD this week), but 15 years ago, his output was a tad less sunny. ''Horror piles upon horror as, with caustic rage, Ice Cube tells what life can be like in poor black communities,'' wrote EW critic Greg Sandow in his B- review of the rapper's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. Telling stories of drive-by shootings, pregnant pre-teens, and young mothers on drugs, Cube sounded ''angrier than he was with N.W.A.,'' wrote Sandow, and as a result, his album was more of a downer than the box office returns for XXX: State of the Union. (Read the review)

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