|Studio album by Ice Cube|
|Released||November 17, 1992
March 11, 2003 (2003 remaster)
July 20, 2010 (2010 remaster)
Echo Sound (Glendale, California)
The Hit Factory (New York City)
|Genre||West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, political hip hop|
0499 2 57155 2 1
P2-57155 (original release)
7243 5 43339 2 7
P2-43339 (2003 remaster)
|Producer||Ice Cube (also exec.), DJ Pooh, Sir Jinx, Torcha Chamba, DJ Muggs|
|Ice Cube chronology|
|Singles from The Predator|
The Predator is the third studio album by Ice Cube. Released within months of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, many songs comment on the racial tensions. The title is in part reference to the movie Predator 2, and the album itself includes samples from the film. Though not his most critically successful album, commercially The Predator is Ice Cube's most successful album, reaching 5x platinum status in the United States, and it contains his most well-known single, "It Was a Good Day." The Predator is his only number one album on the Billboard 200 to date, selling 193,000 copies in its first week. As of 2010 it has sold over 5 million copies in the USA, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album sold worldwide more than 7 million copies which makes Ice Cube's highest selling album.
- White man is something I tried to study,
- But I got my hands bloody, yeah.
- They say I can sing like a jaybird
- But, nigga, don’t say the j-word
Elsewhere "We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up" is directed at the LA Police officers acquitted in the Rodney King trial; an event that ignited the 1992 LA Riots. The similarly themed "Who Got the Camera?" imagines a scenario in which a Black man is subjected to police brutality. The songs are broken up by interludes involving interviews with Ice Cube and what appears to be a debate between members of a congregation or talk-show audience.
|Rolling Stone (2003)|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Although not as lauded as his previous efforts, The Predator was well-received. Entertainment Weekly called it "Ice Cube's strongest, most cohesive work yet" (11/20/92, p. 88). Q Magazine included it in its "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s" (12/99, p. 74). Spin Magazine called it a record that "demands to be heard" (1/93, p. 61).
Retrospectively, however, the album has been praised and is now considered a classic by many for its groundbreaking production, subject matter and controversial themes, and lyricism.
It spawned three hit singles: "It Was A Good Day," which was a hit in March 1993; "Check Yo Self"; and "Wicked" (which was later covered by the band Korn). Both the album and single version of "Check Yo Self" include an appearance from Das EFX, with the latter's single featuring a remix utilizing a sample of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message". The song also received continuous radio and MTV play.
|1.||"The First Day of School" (Intro)||Ice Cube||1:20|
|2.||"When Will They Shoot?"||DJ Pooh, Bob Cat, Ice Cube||4:36|
|3.||"I'm Scared" (Interlude)||1:32|
|4.||"Wicked" (featuring Don Jagwarr)||Torcha Chamba, Ice Cube||3:55|
|5.||"Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha"||DJ Muggs||4:03|
|6.||"The Predator"||DJ Pooh||4:03|
|7.||"It Was a Good Day"||DJ Pooh||4:19|
|8.||"We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up"||DJ Muggs||4:23|
|9.||"Fuck 'Em" (Interlude)||Sir Jinx||2:02|
|10.||"Dirty Mack"||Mr. Woody||4:34|
|11.||"Don't Trust 'Em"||Rashad, Ice Cube, DJ Pooh||4:06|
|12.||"Gangsta's Fairytale 2" (featuring Lil Russ)||Pocketts, Ice Cube||3:19|
|13.||"Check Yo Self" (featuring Das EFX)||DJ Muggs, Ice Cube||3:42|
|14.||"Who Got the Camera?"||Sir Jinx||4:37|
|15.||"Integration" (Interlude)||Ice Cube||2:31|
|16.||"Say Hi to the Bad Guy"||Sir Jinx||3:19|
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles||Rhythmic Top 40||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales|
|1993||"Check Yo Self"||20||1||1||18||1|
|"It Was a Good Day"||15||7||1||13||—|
|U.S. Billboard 200||24|
- "Chillin' with Cube". The Guardian (London). February 25, 2000.
- "【Billboard】我要发高端贴之 SOUNDSCAN历周冠军专辑销量！！！_billboard吧_贴吧". Tieba.baidu.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
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