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 sold 105,000 copies in its first week and 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 over 2 million copies in the U.S. & over 5 million copies worldwide.
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 soundtrack.