Ameri KKKa's Most Wanted (song) - Background - Conception


After departing from Ruthless Records and the west coast-based group N.W.A., Ice Cube immediately moved to record his own album. Cube maintains that originally, he and N.W.A. producer Dr. Dre still wanted to collaborate for Cube's debut solo, but the move was nixed by label powers:

So when I went solo, I was like I wanted Dr. Dre to do AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, but Jerry Heller vetoed that...and I’m pretty sure Eazy didn’t want Dre to do it. But Dre did want to do it; we gotta put that on record. Dre wanted to do my record, but it was just too crazy with the break-up of .

Ice Cube, XXL, The Making of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Linking up with Sir Jinx, Dr. Dre's cousin, Cube made use of pre-written notebooks of songs meant for N.W.A. member/Ruthless co-founder Eazy-E. After relocating to New York, they worked on the songs, which included "Once Upon a Time in the Projects," "Get Off My Dick & Tell Yo' Bitch to Come Here" and "Gangsta's Fairytale," among others. Under fire from his former group with the song "100 Miles and Runnin'," from the EP of the same name, he also recorded the song "Jackin' For Beats," using beats allegedly planned for use on the next N.W.A. album, though he would use this several months later on the Kill at Will EP.

After contacting Public Enemy's production team The Bomb Squad, they completed the album. The album received a fair share of production credited to various Bomb Squad members, with an appearance by Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, despite Jinx's claims that the only Bomb Squad member fully present was Eric Sadler. Hank Shocklee spoke on meeting and working with Ice Cube in a Cooleh Magazine interview:

Cube contacted me wanting to know if we could do a few tracks for his solo album after the whole NWA thing came to what it was and I was like, I’ll do it if I can do the whole album. And he said, "that’s what I was hoping you would say." And when we were in the studio he showed up with notebooks and notebooks full of new rhymes, a bag full of rhymebooks.

—Hank Shocklee, Cooleh Magazine

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