- This is the article about Ice Cube's album. For the document concerning a person's death, see Death certificate.
is the second studio album
by American rapper Ice Cube
, released October 29, 1991 on Priority Records
. Highly anticipated with over one million advanced orders, the album was certified platinum
in sales on December 20, 1991. The album debuted on the Billboard 200
chart at #2, and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
chart at #1, while it eventually went on to sell 1,600,134 copies. Due to some of its racially charged content, and Ice Cube's acerbic statements on drug dealing
, racial profiling
, and the right to keep and bear arms
, Death Certificate
was the source of much controversy upon its release.
In 2003, Priority Records re-released Death Certificate
with the bonus track "How to Survive in South Central," which originally appeared on the Boyz n the Hood
The recording and writing for Death Certificate
began in early 1991, and carried on throughout most of the year. While making the album, Ice Cube was also heavily involved in several other projects, including Yo-Yo
's Make Way for the Motherlode
, his younger cousin Del tha Funkee Homosapien
's I Wish My Brother George......