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The Predator

Ice Cube

1992

The Predator

Album Summary

The Predator is the third studio album by American rapper Ice Cube. It was released on November 17, 1992 through Lench Mob Records and Priority Records. The album was released just within months of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; many songs comment on racial tensions in the United States. The production on the album was primarily handled by DJ Pooh, Sir Jinx, Torcha Chamba and DJ Muggs. The title is in part reference to the movie Predator 2, and the album itself includes samples from the film.The Predator was supported by three singles: "It Was a Good Day", "Check Yo Self" and "Wicked". The album received generally positive reviews from critics and was also a commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 193,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 2001.

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3.31

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5268

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Almost 30 years old, and this album's content is as relevant as ever. Not only do the lyrics speak to the continued shooting of unarmed black men by police in the United States, but the beats still pack a punch. Maybe because Ice Cube is speaking from a place of pain that this record still feels so salient in 2021. Protest record for the ages. Fav Tracks: When Will They Shoot, It Was a Good Day and Check Yo Self. Rating 4.5/5

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

The linkage of this album to the Rodney King  related race riots in LA struck a nerve. There were 5 reported incidents of racism at my kids' school since Jan. so I  listened to this album  intently. There are a lot of powerful messages delivered very aggressively. It's not comfortable for a white old fart to hear but understand that black folks had enough of their message not being heard and needed to consider ways to turn up the volume.   On the other hand, the inability to refer to their gf by any term other than "bitch: or "ho" waters down their  message. 

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Holy shit I have never listened to this full album but I am loving it! Obviously Today is a Good Day is a banger. I didn’t know Check Yo Self was on this album! This album is so high energy. Side note this album should not be relevant in 2021

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Damn. I can't believe it's almost 30 years later and we're still dealing with the societal issues Ice Cube brings up in this album.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Cool flashback jams from Cube helping push me through the morning with beats and lyrics that not only take me from overthinking on what's going on here, but a vital reminder that the burdens of so many are heavy and historic. I have never listened to The Predator in its entirety before, but it's vibin' here! It Was A Good Day, Check Yo Self, and Who's Got The Camera are a few favs. Glad to know this record and look forward to tapping it more in the future.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Ice Cube’s third album and it is an aural smack to the face, as he spits and rages about inequality, the treatment of blacks in American society, injustice and police brutality over hard hitting beats. This is more than a classic 90s hip hop album - it’s a protest album in the best tradition of, say, Bob Dylan and it lends the project a satisfying cohesiveness as he responds to the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King and the violence that erupted in LA. A few things jar - the homophobia, antisemitism and misogyny are disappointing (although Cube would argue his views are more complex). And whilst a few tracks don’t quite hit the heights and could happily be discarded (Gangsta’s Fairytale 2, Dirty Mack), cuts like Check Yo Self, Now I Gotta Wet Ya and the immortal It Was A Good Day (one of the greatest tracks of the Nineties) more than compensate.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
4

One of my complaints about hip hop in general is a lack of density and variation in the soundscapes. You can't really make that complaint about The Predator, but I think it's a bit dispiriting just the same. For example, the soundscape behind When Will They Shoot? is almost industrial in it's atonality. It's a brutal conglomeration of harsh beats and layered snatches of repetitive samples. But actually, that isn't quite the criticism it sounds like because it fits the subject matter of Ice Cube's raps, which revolve around the causes and aftermath of the Rodney King riots. Ice Cube's raps cut to the bone--they're unfailingly incisive and intelligent. But musically, how are his raps? Well, it seems a little unfair to criticize them for not being very sophisticated rhythmically. These were the early days of rap--and rappers are still using these same rhythmic patterns almost 30 years later, and typically with a lot less wit. The Predator is a hard listen. It's unrelentingly grim. There's little charm in the musical backgrounds, even if they are more rich and layered than is usual in the genre. But on it's own terms, as a straight up no bull dissection of the reality of early 90s America with music to match, it's pretty damned good.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Well, I guess I like West Coast rap way better than East Coast. I knew one or two of these, but in general I found it more political with better backing tracks than Wu-Tang etc.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

Another excellent entry by Ice Cube. Vocals are strong and so easy to listen to. One of the best songwriting in the genre of the era. Songs are funky and have great use of sampling. Some have catchy choruses making the album very accessible to newcomers. The two songs I heard before, "It Was a Good Day" and "Check Yo Self" are perfect examples of this. Inserts respond to the public's fear of gangsta rap; they happen a little too frequently but they don't disrupt the flow. Some weak tracks on the second side. "A Gangsta's Fairytale" was one of the humurous highlights in his debate, but in this sequel, the woman's "kid" vocals got really annoying and excessive this time, and the lines are less innovative. "Dirty Mack" was monotonous and the the sample got tiresome. "Who Got the Camera?" is another weak song, but I like the middle inserts and style shifts midway through that keep it interesting. Also enjoyed the closing track.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Ice Cube has no chill when denouncing sociopolitical issues that plague his community. Best played in a car stereo

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Sun Sep 05 2021
2

It Was A Good Day est l'arbre qui cache la forêt. Et cette forêt, c'est ce qu'on appelle communément de la merde. Je vous copie ci-dessous un extrait de l'album: "N-word ! N-word encore ! Toujours N-word ! Gang gun gang money... Et si on plaçait un petit N-word par ici ? Bitch mais gang aussi. Hmm... N-word... Money gang bitch fuck et motherfuck. Quoi de mieux qu'un bon vieux motherfuck, à vrai dire. Toutefois, fuck. Mais néanmoins gang et money. Encore merci à tous pour votre accueil je m'appelle Ice Cube, vous pouvez me trouver sur tous les réseaux sociaux."

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I see you, 1001 albums, giving me Ice Cube on the 30th anniversary of his ‘Good Day’. Well played, well played indeed.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

A brilliant album! I immediately heard a Public Enemy influence, which was confirmed often in the lyrics and samples used. The use of repetitive news clips was perfection. Repetition legitimizes.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Racism hasn't changed one bit in the last 30 years huh?

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great beats samples and references laced throughout. Direct and mostly consistent message following RK delivered with poignant lyrics and supported by well-placed interviews/broadcasts. A few more playful songs sprinkled in kept it lighter without distracting too much.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Straight Outta Compton is great but I haven't really checked each artists' solo work. Ice Cube has a few albums under his belt i've wanted to look at but I totally forgot about "The Predator". A groovy but simple "classic-y" hiphop record. Not much to say about it but i did enjoy it, for the laidback experince i got with it. Not a lot of songs made me go "Wow!" but it has its moments, like "When Will They Shoot?" & "It Was A Good Day" 7/10 As of July 20th, 2021 Best Tracks: When Will They Shoot?, Wicked, The Predator, It Was A Good Day, Check Yo Self, Who Got The Camera? Worst Track: Gangsta's Fairytale 2

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Not heard this one before. Good album: funky samples, tight beats, dense lyrics, decent rhyme flow, important message. Not super relevant to me as a white, middle aged, British guy in 2021 though

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

I'm Scared (Insert) is awesome. And I love the beats to We Had To Tear This Mothafucka Up. The entire album flows well and it is so inappropriate and completely topical at the same time. There are great messages in there. I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

A friend once told me about a boy he used to walk to school with. This dude would regularly recite "It Was a Good Day" and my friend always thought it was hilarious that this 15-year-old white suburban kid was spitting lines about not having to use his AK. In the context of the entire album though, that song is a moment of peace in the midst of the chaos of life as a Black man in the early 1990s, in the short hot shadow of the LA riots. The whole album works, inviting the listener in to get a taste of how life is for Cube and his community. Musically it feels like a precursor of Dr Dre's Chronic sound (I know, I know). And there's Cube sending a message to the future which, it turns out not everyone heeded.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
3

I like this album but it's obviously a turning point - not as cypress hill-y as the next one, but you can hear it coming. Like yeah man, we get it you like weed, and it was a good day is a classic, but if you weren't so high maybe you'd have trimmed the fat off this album. 3/5 because it goes way too long but the good parts are still fuckin great.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Not usually into listening to this genre, but can definitely appreciate the greatness of this album. Some good tracks, beats and great samples. I almost quit halfway thru, but glad I didn't before hearing \"Don't Trust 'Em\", which samples Steely Dan's \"Green Earrings\". Highlights: -It Was a Good Day -Don't Trust 'Em -Check Yo Self

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

I enjoyed this one as I've enjoyed Amerikkka's Most Wanted and other Ice Cube albums. He's not one to pull any punches - lyrics hit their target with razor sharp precision. Samples are well chosen if a little repetitive at times. Solid hard-charging vibe from start to finish. Aggressive misogyny and homophobia make this one perhaps more a product of its era and less aligned with my current tastes.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
1

Early 90s gangsta rap. One of the best examples of the genre, but this type of hip hop left me cold at the time. I don't mind the politics, but the misogyny and violence leaves me uncomfortable. I really don't want to listen to this again.

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

One of all time great hip hop albums. Funky, politically charged, angry.... amazing!

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Sun May 23 2021
5

It was a good day

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

- G to the A to the N to the G to the S to the T to the A

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Always a fan of Ice Cube. Turns out I knew several of these songs already, but have just never listened to the album in its entirety.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

I never knew where Danny Brown got his style from.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

🔥🔥🔥

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Dark. Classic. Still relevant.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Ahead of his time!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

Ice curbed a poetic ether of ideas still relevant 30 years later, and probably many years earlier

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Classic hip hip and classic Ice Cube

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Amazing!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Amazing.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

10/10 fucking great

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

The way this record grapples with systemic racism and police brutality feels haunting and prophetic listening in 2021. It's a reminder Black people have been saying this for *decades*, but White people have only started to listen. It also helps that, musically, this record is a real joy to listen to. Can't believe I've slept on this one for so long. Favourite track: "Check Yo Self"

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Es kam kurz nach den Rassenunruhen von LA 1992 raus, mit den politisch aufgeladenen Texten hätte es auch 2020 kommen können und niemand hätte sich gewundert. Es ist mehr als nur 'It was a good day'.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Wow: the lyrics are incredibly poignant as I listen to them now as the U.S. has pressing issues of racial injustice and inequality that are in desperate need of real action, real remedy. The opening track "When Will They Shoot?" on its own is enough to add so much depth and thought-provocation to the conversation. I don't remember hearing this album back in the early 90s, but I do know that back then I would've missed the message entirely out of my own naivete and ignorance. This is one I want to come back to and spend more time with.

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Tue May 04 2021
5

muy bueno

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Absolute Hip Hop classic. Ice Cube's best album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Classic of the genre - Very much enjoyed- Highly recommend. Some brutish thug songs, along with some melancholy introspective tunes.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

90s gangster rap at its best.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Credo di aver ascoltato uno dei migliori album di rap

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

10/10 hip hop classic ice cube top 5 OAT

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Love! Genius!

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

This was amazing.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Great album. Some classics, and very strong all the way through. Uncomfortably topical for being almost 30 years old.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Amazing west coast hip hop from a legend. Touches on relevant societal issues at the time and still relevant today.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

holy fucking shit. YES.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Holy shit.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Love that crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube! Great album!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I have listened to this album before and it still a great album. Ice Cube's lyrics and rhythm has also been great. Today Was A Good Day is the most well known song on the album. I remember when there was a quest to figure out the exact date of the good day, November 30, 1988 had the strongest argument. Yet Ice Cube said there is no specific date just elements that make up a good day.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Absolute gold. Poignant even 30 years later. The way Mr. Cube uses samples to help tell the story is perfect.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Listened Before? N Another rap classic this week! I'm loving it. Pros: This album is straight up amazing. Ice Cube was one of the last true old-school gangsta rap records. A few weeks later, Dr. Dre dropped The Chronic and changed literally everything. This album got overshadowed IMO... this record deserved more attention than it got (probably mostly from white people). This was released in the same year as the LA riots and the Rodney King trial, and it shows. Ice Cube was PISSED, in a good way. Cons: A couple of outdated slurs here and there but its a sign of the times. Added to Library? Y Songs Added to Playlist: It Was a Good Day, Check Yo Self

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Not even remotely surprising that the track that has the least to do with the larger sociopolitical message of the album also happens to be the most well known. I'm a sucker for this type of sampling. Really a time capsule more than most albums from name dropping nba players in the league at the time to Rodney king references and plenty of others I already forgot or didn't even catch. Can't get over "down the street" rhyming with "introduce her to my meat." TPAB's grandpa and I mean that as the highest compliment

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

:0

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Wed May 04 2022
5

The production on this album is fantastic. Ice Cube has one of the greatest flows of all time and his aggressive delivery punctuates the political and confrontational lyrics. This album is not easily pigeonholed. It contains elements of funk and jazz while using samples in a way that reminds me of some modern day artists like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

WICKED NOW I GOTTA GET CHA IT WAS A GOOD DAY WHEN WILL THEY SHOOT

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Crazy how the messages delivered in this album are still so relevant today. Fantastic stuff

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

What a record. Very nearly 30 years old. Terrifyingly little progress in some quarters in that time since the Rodney King riots. Righteous anger and vitriol ripples through this. Today was a Good Day, obvs one of the best rap songs of all time, even if I sort of blame it's success for Puff Daddy trying to repeat the formula over and over again for years with boring results. But this album is just really high quality the whole way through.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

such an influential album. Check Yo Self & It Was a Good Day are so iconic

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Más allá de los beats impecables, el comentario social en los skits complementa muy bien el mensaje de cada canción que les precede. Obra maestra del hip-hop de inicios de los 90s.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Classic Ice Cube album, nice surprise to see this album on the list instead of its predessors. Contains Check Yo Self, probably IC's best single ever.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Ice cube <3 <3 <3

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Classic record, love throwing this one on during road trips with my friends

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Brilliant

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

What a difference two years makes! I did not much enjoy the experience of listening to AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) a couple of months ago. The Predator (1992) showed a tremendous leap in musical maturity. It's intense and serious and compelling but still finds room for humor and play. There were parts that made me feel ill and sad and angry, so it wasn't all a good time. But it was a good listen.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Yeah, I dug it! Not all the themes are appetizing, but overall today was a good listen.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

loved it more than I thought I would.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

wicked

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Epitome of aggressive early hip hop, it’s crazy to see his rebrand (top 3 with snoop and ice t). No matter how shitty my day is “It Was a Good Day” will always hit

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Sat Jan 09 2021
4

Ice Cube is spitting and flowing on this. One of my favorite rappers ever. When Will They Shoot is hard af. Pretty hard beats.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Album med attitude. Meget energi og vrede. Lidt langt men flere gode numre 3.5 stjerne

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

classic

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Gut in Bezug auf Rassismus, meh in Bezug auf Sexismus

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Groovy beat hard rap love it

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Love me some cube and some fantastic hits on this one

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Wed May 12 2021
4

So much aggression and passion. The voice of disenfranchised youth, a time capsule for a specific cultural moment.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

false

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Really great from start to finish. Certainly has a dated sound, but it's almost 30 years old so to be expected.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

🧊🧊🧊🧊/🧊🧊🧊🧊🧊

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Great album with a very relevant message. Socially conscious and a good listen

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I like it

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

It was a good day.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

"It Was a Good Day" obviously the best song on the album but the rest was pretty typical aggressive Ice Cube. Lots of social injustice all throughout the album. 7/10.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good, old-school-y Hip Hop.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

LG. Hotpoint. BOSCH! This album is a welcome smash in the chops from the get go and I was locked into it from start to finish. It's notable that a lot of the issues that Ice Cube puts out here are right back in the news at the moment with the BLM movement. And it feels like, really, fuck all progress has been made on many of them in the two decades or so since this was released. I particularly cringed at the angry black man put downs that were brought to light and sought to de-intellectualise the real issues at hand. Politically charged, irreverent, insightful and funny, what I love about this album is that it's so soulful, too. The production has lashings of love poured all over it and I just loved the loops and beats. In short, it's a banger. Ice Cubes used to only feature as part of my Martini preparation, but now they might also have a place in my record collection too. Also, I do like the bit about Ice Cube having his way with a wee lassie, dropping her off home and then grabbing a fat burger for himself at 2am. A good day indeed.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Gritty. Music was great and we know ice cube is a talent when writing about a life he relates to. Not a life I relate to but was nice too be brought into that world.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Perfect for a Sunday morning before church

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Niet helemaal afgeluisterd, maar wat blijft dit een te gekke rapper. Goeie flow en coole beats.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Weer geen grote hiphop verrassing, dit album, maar toch best wel goed!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Classic hip-hop. Cube takes on all comers. Just fucking brilliant. BT: When Will They Shoot?, It Was A Good Day, Check Yo Self

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Raw, timeless, brilliant

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Good high-quality rap album.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Today was a good day

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

I had listened to this album before. Loved it!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Old style, baby. Un álbum sobre la identidad, carajo. Ritmos simples, rimas contundentes, mensajes constantes de reivindicación social y lucha contra el sistema.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

good gangster rap album

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

nice!

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Right in the nutsack

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

"It Was a Good Day" is obviously a legendary song that's definitely a five out of five. However, this should not discredit the rest of the album. This is a consistent and very hard-hitting collection of hip hop tracks, with good beats and good lyrical flow, which is something every hip hop album should have. 4/5

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Classic. Wtf happend to rap?

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Wed May 12 2021
4

When will they shoot was a great first song. Loved the interlude of clips of white people talking about being scared of black people. So far I'm really digging the music on this one. It's fun to listen to. Lol he raps about having a laptop computer. The music in these songs is just super fun to listen to. This is a very creative album. Check Yo Self has such a dope sample of \"Shoop.\" Love this. Yeah overall this is one of my favorite listens so far. Gonna listen to his first solo album now.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Incredibly relevant to the social climate of today. I can’t believe this came out in 1992.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Kinda dope. Ice cube has some brilliantly written lyrics, and combines the use of audio clips from other media to tell a story. I can see how this inspired Kendrick Lamar

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Sun May 09 2021
4

3.5

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I liked it plenty, although a little suspicious of how often he felt the need to deny being anti-semitic.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

hey! this isnt The Predator soundtrack??? wtf!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Ice was trying to tell us even back in '92...

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

No Go a lot of swing. Another one with a debt to Public Enemy even has the of sample thrown in. Sad that 30 years later many of the themes about segregation are still current

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

// Favs: It Was A Good Day / Check Yo Self Score: Decent to Strong 4

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

A fun, interesting contribution by Cube. The use of samples on this was cool, and the production in general was my favorite aspect of this album!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

A great album with good energy. It really shines a light on what good rap can be.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

A classic

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

This album is like a pure distillation of the early 90s. Best track: Check Yo Self

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Soft 4 stars. Hold pretty strong through the whole album

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Ice Cube is easily my favorite member of NWA and this is the album of his that I remember the most. I like his voice and I think the beats hold up really well.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Really solid Album. No real interesting take from me here. It's Cube talking about really important social issues, and maybe handling them decently? I suppose It depends on the song. Dude can rap and production is really solid.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

WEST COAST, not even a contest.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

bucks the worrying trend where it looked like I couldn't 'get' rap music. This one ticks the box for me as in that I will definitely want to go back to it again. Kinda passed me buy in my youth (living in SA) , but I like it.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Nearly 5 stars. 4.5/5. A brilliant album

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Cool!!!

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Ice Cube was correct, I did need to check myself. I was just about to wreck myself. Thx Bro.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Not my favorite but still enjoyable.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Another fine hip hop / rap album. Ice Cube's sense of humor definitely shines through at times but always the underpinings of anger are present laid bare for all to see. The beats are not the most inventive but I was always drawn in and wanted to listen, so....accessible. 4 🌟

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

So. Stoked. First song in and I'm already a fan. Iconic. I'm hearing so many lyrics that have been referenced all over the place over the years. And of course, It Was A Good Day is an anthem.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Irre grooviges Teil. Hatte keine Ahnung wie melodisch und musikalisch reif Ice Cube schon so früh gewesen ist. 3.5

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

This was very enjoyable, I liked it a lot. It was a good day might be one of Ice Cube's most well-known songs, but I think any song on here is just as good. I also like how he addresses political topics.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Phenomenal. Didn't think I would like it cause I'm not a fan of hip hop, but man, Ice Cube proved me wrong when the beat of 'When Will They Shoot' kicked in

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

T is my favourite Ice, but Cube is always a treat too.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Ice Cube's early discography is inherently important due to it's political significance. The interludes (or "inserts") shine a lot of light on the issue, but here's another: this album came out mere months after the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. Ice Cube is no stranger to racial tensions in Los Angeles, so this album is all the more potent. As far as the music, it's still the hard-hitting gangster rap you could expect from early Ice Cube. There's a few rotating producers on here but the emphasis on the snare gives the album a certain punchy-ness that lends well to Ice Cube's swagger in his flow. Also features the classic "It Was A Good Day", which takes a break from the hyperviolence of Ice Cube's regular lyrics in a way that actually inverts the theme of violence to say that "nobody I know got killed in south-central LA. Today was a good day." Even weaker songs like "Gangsta's Fairytale 2" makes great use of samples. This is a consistently quality album through and through. More great hiphop for your ears.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

The kinetic energy on this thing is fucking incredible. Dazzling shit.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Hvað er að gerast við mig? Ég er allt í einu orðinn svaka svag fyrir snemm-tíunda hipp-hoppi. Sorrý, þetta er bara ansi skemmtilegt. Spurning um að láta Hagaskóla-mig vita.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

"And the Statue of Liberty ain't nothing but a lazy bitch!" Personalmente, de los tres primeros álbumes post-N.W.A. de Ice Cube este es, de lejos, el que menos me gusta . La misoginia es rampante y algunos beats no han envejecido muy bien 30 años después. Hasta ahí todo lo negativo que puedo decir de este álbum. Y ahora la verdadera review: Este disco es inseparable de las protestas de Los Ángeles y presenta todo lo que sabe hacer Ice Cube: ser una voz que no se puede ignorar y que dice bestialidades que se tenían que decir en 1992 y se siguen teniendo que decir hoy. Este álbum se publicó casi exactamente un mes antes que The Chronic, otro disco muy cercano a las protestas de 1992 (véase: "The Day the Ni**az Took Over") y se siente como su hermanastro violento. Los Ángeles estaba literalmente envuelta en llamas, Ice Cube estaba envuelto en controversia, y este disco solidifica su postura militante y su vuelta a California en cuanto a la producción (DJ Pooh). Escucharlo me ha recordado esta era casi punk-rap de frustración y reacción ante el racismo sistemático y la violencia policial, un momento en el que el hip-hop aún no había llegado al punto mainstream que alcanzaría en el 96-97-98 que marcaría un antes y un después. En The Predator aún estamos escuchando una especie de lenguaje cifrado, una subcultura específica, y que muchas veces es meta-textual en su reacción ante la gente (medios y políticos) que lo tildaban como "extremo" o "peligroso". Yo creo que, igual, lo peligroso es dispararle a gente indefensa y eso igual (igual) hace que la gente se enfade bastante. Pero sigamos con Cubito de Hielo. Además de mega clásicos como It Was A Good Day o Check Yo Self, The Predator tiene varios temas en los que directamente nos insertan en las calles de LA en pleno caos. Se podría decir, y ojo a la observación experta, que Ice Cube está enojado. Los samples de funk y los skits ayudan a crear esta atmósfera. Se deja a un lado el beef con Eazy y Dre más presente en los anteriores discos aunque hay una pequeña referencia a No Vaseline. (Cube ya estaba preparándose para escribir guiones junto a DJ Pooh como Friday, pasando a la siguiente fase de su carrera). Es pura violencia, fantasía de venganza en algunos momentos incluso incómoda, y la lírica de Cube puede parecer simple o repetitiva 30 años después pero es simplemente porque estamos acostumbrados a escuchar a sus descendientes: realmente sus letras están increíblemente adelantadas a su tiempo. Este es el cerebro pensante detrás de N.W.A, famoso por ser explosivo, poco más hay que decir. Es el Chuck D de la costa oeste y uno de los liricistas más influyentes en la música, no solo en el hip-hop. El subgénero de este disco, además de "gangsta rap", "west coast rap" o cualquier otra bullshit tendría que ser música protesta. Le pongo 4 estrellas porque no alcanza el status clásico que si que tienen sus dos trabajos anteriores, pero las letras de Ice Cube son importantísimas en un momento importantísimo y deprimentemente relevantes tres décadas después. (Ah, y ¿quién cojones juega al basket en un parque con amigos y lleva la puntuación como para saber que Cube fuckeó around e hizo un triple-doble?) Temas fav: When Will They Shoot?, We Had To Tear This Muthafucka Up, Who Got The Camera?, It Was A Good Day, Check Yo Self (The Message Remix >>>)

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Aunque hay un par de canciones a la mitad del disco que no sorprenden demasiado y pese a que el estilo de Ice Cube puede parecer un poco desfasado a estas alturas de la película, The Predator es un disco consistente lleno de beats durísimos, versos interesantes, y puro carisma.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

A cultural touchstone. So many lines that stuck in the cultural zeitgeist and that are still relevant today. It is indeed on like Donkey Kong.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

This is a great album and go an extent, it's sad to see how over 30 years on, the danger social issues are still at play.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Could be used as a template for west coast rap. Strong delivery by Cube. Great lyrics and beats.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

This album is raw and truthful. While you can hear that Cube is still a young man, he is a undeniable powerhouse This is not for everybody but for those who are interested in a story, Cube tells one hell of a good one. I enjoy the maturation of Cube as he continues to create and now has an expansive catalog. He is also still putting out new content. This unlike LL Cool J album belongs on this list as do other Cube music.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Barely controlled anger, and "today was a good day" excellent combo.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Was surprised how good this was, mostly thoughtful and sadly still relevant race anger

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

I find hip hop to be a difficult genre: it's not easy for me to discern weather it's good or bad and there are just a few rap albums that I like. Having said that, I wasn't familiar with this one and I am really enjoying listening to it. There is an undercurrent of aggression, violence, grit, that I always appreciate in music. It also sounds a bit old school to me, which is a great thing. Also, we need to acknowledge that, 30 years on, the lyrics, and the anger with which they are delivered, are still relevant.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Conocía a Ice Cube, pero en esa época no tenía dinero para todo lo que me gustaba y más allá de oírlo en la radio alguna vez me lo perdí completamente. Y es un discazo, puro Rap Hip-Hop de los 90. Me han gustado: When will they shoot?, Wicked, Now I gotta wet 'cha, Check yo self, y Say hi to the bad guy. Escuchadlo.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Really liked it which surprised me. Never really listened to anything like it before.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Takiego picka na liscie bialego czlowieka bym sie nie spodziewal, a jednak jest, pan Ice Cube z swoim trzecim studyjnym krazkiem The Predator z 92, ktory jest klasyka westcoastowego gangsta rapu lat 90, no i klasykiem z radia los santos gdzie check yo self byl czesto na repeacie, a czemu zdziwienie, ze taka plyta pojawia sie na liscie, bo moze i gore zbyt hardcorowego na nim nie ma, ale jednak obraca sie glownie wokol napiec rasowych w LA, gdzie w 92 doszlo do rozruchow po tym jak psiarnia porobila chlopaka, ale nie sama policyjna brutalnoscia zyje pan Ice Cube, bo sporo jest odniesien do jego rzekomego antysemityzmu, pimpowania, gangowania, czyli calego dobrego zycia gettowego, album zawiera 16 trakow z czego 4 to jakosciowe skity, ktore pomagaja w rozbudowaniu narracji plyty, wiec otwierajacy pierwszy dzien szkoly sampluje milicjantow wprowadzajacych do wiezienia, swietnie pociete wywiady z panem kostka na fuck em, czy sample malcoma X z integrationowego inserta maja sens na plycie i nie sa jedynie zapychaczem jak to czesto bywa, nie tylko skity sa bogato osamplowane, bo przykladow multi lejerowego samplingu mozna tutaj wymieniac bez konca, wiec przewijaja sie filmowe wstawki, chocby z tytulowego predatora, wywiady z liderami czarnych ugrupowan, czy klasycznych teraz, a wtedy dosc swiezych trakow artystow z zachodniego wybrzeza, moim ulubionym przykladem warsztatu samplowego bedzie tutaj openingowy when will they shoot, gdzie na jednym traku zostalo upchniete szesc zasamplowanych trakow, od queena do x clanu, ciezko o tak bogate beaty gdzie sample sa wykorzystywane nie tylko do tworzenia lini melodycznej, ale wykorzystywane jako dopelnienie liryczne, za tym kawalkiem stal akurat dj pooh, wiec postac najbardziej znana ze wspolpracy ze snoopemczy kingiem tee, sam cube jest rowniez zlistowany jako wspolproducent na niektorych kawalkach czy skitach, sporo tez zrbil na plycie DJ Muggs od cypressow, chociaz to troche obraza tak podsumowac jego dyskografie gdy tyle wyprodukowal zarowno w mainstreamie jak i ostatnio w podziemiu, wiec produkcja wylosowala jakosciowa ekipe co przeklada sie na ciezkie i bogate brzmienie, o ile cube jakos nigdy nie byl w mojej rapowej topce, nawet jesli chodzi o lata 90, to plyta jako calosc ma rece i nogi, ktore nie postarzaly sie za bardzo w ciagu tych 30 lat, bo burdy na tle rasowym sa nadal, a moze nawet bardziej, aktualne, wiec 56 minut jakosciowego odsluchu, na plejce juz mialem klasyczne kawalki, wiec it was a good day i check yo self, ale z dzisiejszego odsluchu dodam jeszcze traczek z najlepszymi samplami albumu, wiec when will they shoot i zamykajacy album say hi to the bad guy featurujacy parliamentowe intro i paczkowych gliniarzy, klasyk, ciekawe czym jeszcze lista zaskoczy z kategorii czarnej muzyki

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

A great commentary following the LA riots. Interesting use of news broadcasts as interludes. The fact that the messages are relevant today is striking. Musically, I enjoyed the mix of more laid-back style (It was a good day, who got the camera?) and the more aggressive style reminiscent of NWA (check yo self, don't trust em). 4/5.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

What can you say about Ice Cube during this era? His lyrics were intense and on point. He's great both when he's attacking the beat and when he's following it. The samples he uses are definitely of their time, but are also uniformly excellent. The singles off of this album are all timers. The misogyny and homophobia are a bit much at times, but certainly not as bad as some of his contemporaries and those that would follow him. Overall, his is a can't miss album from the early gangsta rap era 4/5

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Was not expecting to like this but really enjoyed it

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

I have not listened to this since probably 1997. My sister had the CD and I can remember driving around smoking weed in her purple Chevy that she flipped over in Oklahoma. Ice cube used to be super relevant. What happened my dude?

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Det här var bra. "Now I've Gotta Wet'Cha" är en femma.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Day 5: I'm a big fan of the Rap Genre but haven't listened to much old school rap. This album was very good the whole way through, loving this site for showing so many great albums Favourite Songs: It was a good day, Check Yo Self, Wicked

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Groundbreaking album. Fantastic through and through. It's hard to believe that we're *still* facing so many of the same issues 30 years later

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Good stuff

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Première écoute d’un album de Ice Cube. Il présente bien la réalité de l’époque qui n’a malheureusement pas tant changée. La collaboration avec DJ Muggs fonctionne vraiment bien et les beats sont vraiment intéressant. J’ajoute une étoile pour l’importance du propos.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

It was a good album

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Pure anger. Justified anger, but anger nonetheless. It's probably too bad I only know "It Was A Good Day," but the other stuff hits hard. The interstitial tracks work, they're not just skits. I get how they tie the other tracks together. I don't know how many times I could listen to it with the language, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

One of my favourite albums in my teens. Holds up pretty well.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

Pretty solid collection of Hip Hop here. Favorites: "When Will They Shoot?", "It Was A Good Day", "Check Yo Self"

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Aggressive, in your face, 90s Gangsta Rap! It Was a Good Day is probably a top 10 all time rap song for me. Interesting and helps empathizing hearing the politically intense lyrics and different points of view of the struggles of others. Overall I think his rhyming style is a bit basic. He has fantastic delivery and has been very influential in rap. Legendary Rapper.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Classic West Coast Gangster rap. Feel the anger involving hate and prejudice Ice faced during the time. Story telling and lyricism was amazing

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

4.5/5

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Strong album, but cant help feel Cube spends a bit too much time obsessing over accusations of anti-semitism

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

One if my not so secret pleasures. I gotta be careful not to listen to this on the way to work or I'll be cussing all day.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Not the ice cube album I expected, but it is a great one.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Sexist songs aside, this is truly an incredible album. Haunting how so many problems afflicting the Black community continue to oppress them today. Listen close: it's a warning.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

4, wet t-Shirt contest will always have a different meaning

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

His acting career made me think he was corny, but this is a sick album. There are some issues with production on tracts like "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha" and "We Had To Tear This Mothafucka Up" which detract from the album. The album has a very political edge to it, which I enjoy. I will always be surprised that issues like the "school to prison pipeline" and "police brutality" have been talked about for decades and are still prominent problems in society. Ice Cube does a nice job of explaining these issues and breaking into the consciousness of white America. The acting career really altered his image. This album reminds me of a Kendrick Lamar album if he was from the 90s. Bangers and commentary combined. Best Songs: It Was A Good Day, Dirty Mack, Check Yo Self Worst Songs: The Predator, Don't Trust 'Em Honorable Bad Songs (Production Issues): Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha, We Had To Tear This Mothafucka Up

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Great 90's hip/hop album. Several classics in here but I enjoyed the album as a whole. I don't think a cop would like this much

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

I had to listen through this a few times to get in the mood to rate it. It's a solid album, couple tracks which feel like filler as expected with a 16 track album. The good tracks are fantastic though.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

The sound clips really put you in a particular time and drove the concept of this album

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

so many swears but i dug it plus it's nice to see he's a family man

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

Voici ce que j'en ai déjà dit: "Première écoute d’un album de Ice Cube. Il présente bien la réalité de l’époque qui n’a malheureusement pas tant changée. La collaboration avec DJ Muggs fonctionne vraiment bien et les beats sont vraiment intéressant. J’ajoute une étoile pour l’importance du propos."

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

First album. Still holds up sonically with a bland of cruisy and hard west coast beats, and Cube’s raw and unapologetic lyrics. In regards to the focus of the lyrics of segregation, police brutality, racism and suburban hardships, they’re all relevant to the climate of today (2022).

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Today was a good day.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Gave his last album a low score as being derivative and repetitive but this is more like it. I like the self referential bits and the energy reminding me of Public enemy but with direct references to specific events. It's another world to me but I appreciate the vibe.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

The thing that stands out the most with this album is how poignant its main points remain 30 years on from its release. I understand why each interlude track was included, but it did feel like they broke up the music too many times. That being said, the music is phenomenal. It Was A Good Day sticks out like a sore thumb because it's nothing like any of the other tracks--just a funny part about an iconic song. Favorite tracks: When Will They Shoot?, Dirty Mack

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

"It Was A Good Day" is one of my favorite rap songs ever, and growing up in the 90s this was probably the first rap song from a "gangsta rap" artist that I heard that wasn't a lot of stereotypical lyrical ideas like shootings, drug use, partying, etc. I thought it was cool and different. The rest of the album is good, with really good tracks in "Wicked" and "Check Yo Self". Fun fact - I think Korn covered "Wicked" or referenced it in one of their songs?

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Great beats - I love that hard funk sound. The music is a great fit for his tougher-than-nails vocals and unflinching lyrics. “Wicked” stood out as a really wild one! There’s a lot I could quibble with lyrically in 90’s gangsta rap - the misogyny, the glorification of gang violence, homophobia and the use of ‘the other f-word.’ To an extent, these lyrics are dated and today’s rap has moved past some of those things (there’s still a lot of misogyny in today’s hip-hop) but I think it’s worth pointing out. But my brain goes to music first anyways and there’s an abundance of great music on a lot of albums from this era. Listen to the jazzy piano part that comes in for the last 30 seconds of “Dirty Mack.” The whole song is filled with great jazz and funk samples - there’s a real appreciation for great music in addition to tough guy gangsta posturing. Took me a second to recognize it but there’s a Steely Dan sample in the beat on “Don’t Trust ‘Em.” (“Green Earrings” is the Steely Dan song.) This one is a good example of me loving the beat while also acknowledging the deeply sexist and demeaning message of the song.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Decent, paar banger

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Classic no?

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Best track: It was a good day

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Rap at it’s best

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

This is a straight up banger! Ice Cube really hits hard with this album, putting all the racial issues of America to light in pretty much all the songs.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Straight fire

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Really good, much better than AmeriKKKa's... Still sounds urgent, burning white hot from the LA riots and events beforehand. Not much seems to have improved in 30 years

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

For a pretty serious subject matter he had some hilarious bars in here. Production held up better than I thought it would, and it was a good day is one of the best hip hop tracks ever. Also really liked the predator and we had to tear this muthafucka up Main critique is the album runs a bit long and ice cubes flow does get repetitive at times ( still kinda hits every time though )

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Really good boom-bap 90s hip hop. Thoroughly enjoyable, although there are a few songs not as gripping as the others

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

I don't follow much hip-hop, but this album slaps. Practically every song was brilliant, but in some ways it's a bit of a shame that many of the socio-political issues brought up in this album are still entirely relevant 20 years later. Completely timeless. Favourite: Say Hi To The Bad Guy

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Prima

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Really liked this. Loved the social commentary. What a difference between this and Slim Shady LP. One has legitimate grievances. The other is pissy cause girlz don't like him.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Great, but makes me feel like Michael Bolton from office space

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Pretty cool it was chart-topper. No doubt the controversy helped sales and Cube was afraid to dial up the posturing, though whether or not it was authentic or legit one isn’t qualified to judge. Worse was made of all the riotous energy of post-riot, post-Rodney King, LA than this record. “Good Day” and “Check Yo Self” are the highlights.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

An energetic album that deals full on with the topic of racism in depth and in detail and is sadly still relevant today. Unfortunately it is laced with misogyny. It could have been a perfect 5 otherwise. 4/5

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Proper, solid, old school hip-hop but it shows in some of the lyrics. Bit less outright misogyny and this would be awesome. As it is, I'll have to just go with excellent.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Is really powerful

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Classic hip-hop. Not my favorite of all time, but certainly a force to be reckoned with.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

Nice beats, didn’t really listen to anything else. One complaint is all the songs were long. 8/10

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

7/10 some questionable lyrical content but also some really good stuff,

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Fierce and gritty, the energy is strong and sustained, with an unmistakable style. There’s just enough variety (“It Was a Good Day”) to keep it from being a bit too one-note. Cube may have got a bit cliched, but back in the day there’s no doubting his top-doggedness. While one’s race and background prevent one from judging the authenticity of these rhymes and flows, they certainly seem credible and reflect the musical moment of LA early ‘90s. Not sure I see the “The Black Bob Dylan” angle, though Perry Farrell would be well positioned to know. “Check Yo Self” and “Tear This MF Up” and “Who Got the Camera” are the other top cuts.

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