Check Yo Self

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"Check Yo Self"
Single by Ice Cube featuring Das EFX
from the album The Predator
Released July 20, 1993
Format 12" single
Recorded 1992
Genre Gangsta rap, G-funk, West Coast hip hop
Length 3:42
Label Priority
Writer(s) O'Shea Jackson
Producer(s) DJ Muggs, Ice Cube (co.)
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Ice Cube singles chronology
"It Was A Good Day"
(1992)
"Check Yo Self"
(1993)
"Really Doe"
(1993)

"Check Yo Self" is the second hit single from Ice Cube's third solo album The Predator. It was released in July 1993 and features New York rappers Das EFX. It topped both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts while also reaching number 20 on the Hot 100 chart.[1] The song retains two main versions, the original and a remix which utilizes the same beat as Grandmaster Flash's "The Message", titled "Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)". The original mix includes a sample from the intro of the The Beastie Boys' track "The New Style", which uses the phrase "check it" throughout the chorus.

The song is featured on Ice Cube's Bootlegs & B-Sides album and was later released on his Greatest Hits album. The clean version of "Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)" can be found within the popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on the West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos and in the soundtrack of the movie Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. A new recording, based on the original version of the song, featuring Chuck D was featured in the 2010 film Due Date. In January 2010, Snoop Dogg released a cover version of the song. Guitarist Wayne Krantz included an instrumental version of the song (based on the "message remix" version) on his 2012 album Howie 61.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Check Yo Self" uses the remix version. Similar to the video for his previous single "It Was A Good Day", most of the scenes follow and illustrate respective lyrics of the song. The video continues where "It Was A Good Day" left off, with Ice Cube's home being surrounded and invaded by the LAPD before he is handcuffed and taken under arrest, presumably for murder. Ice Cube is then brought to L.A. County jail where he spends the majority of the video experiencing the conflict described in the lyrics, such as disputes between cellmates and breaking up with his girlfriend. After six months pass, Ice Cube is able to win over the female guard watching him who helps him break out by dressing him up in a uniform. The two make their way outside to a police cruiser and drive off into the night.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Check Yo' Self (radio remix "The Message")
  2. Check Yo' Self (remix instrumental)
  3. It Was a Good Day (radio remix edit)
  4. It Was a Good Day (remix instrumental)
  5. 24 with an L

Charts[edit]

Samples[edit]

Original version:

Remix version:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ice Cube - Billboard Singles. Allmusic.
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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