Lethal Injection (album)

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Lethal Injection
Studio album by Ice Cube
Released December 7, 1993
Recorded 1993
Studio Echo Sound
Skip Saylor Recordings
Westlake Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, g-funk
Length 56:21
Label Priority
Producer QDIII, Madness 4 Real, Sir Jinx, Ice Cube
Ice Cube chronology
The Predator
Lethal Injection
War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)
Singles from Lethal Injection
  1. "Really Doe"
    Released: 1993
  2. "You Know How We Do It"
    Released: February 2, 1994
  3. "Bop Gun (One Nation)"
    Released: August 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[8]

Lethal Injection is the fourth studio album by California-based rapper Ice Cube. Similar to the rapper's previous albums, it was a commercial hit, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 with 215,000 copies sold in its first week.[9] However, it was heavily criticized for what many saw as Cube's pandering to gangsta rap, and toning down of the socio-political content found on his earlier efforts. The album's standing has increased over time. It includes the popular singles; "You Know How We Do It", and the Funkadelic-sampling "Bop Gun (One Nation)", which became a staple on MTV.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Shot" (Intro) Sir Jinx 0:55
2. "Really Doe"   Derrick McDowell, Lay Law 4:28
3. "Ghetto Bird"   QDIII 3:50
4. "You Know How We Do It"   QDIII 3:52
5. "Cave Bitch"   Brian G 4:18
6. "Bop Gun (One Nation)" (featuring George Clinton) Ice Cube, QDIII 11:17
7. "What Can I Do?"   88 X Unit 4:39
8. "Lil Ass Gee"   Sir Jinx 4:04
9. "Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth" (featuring K-Dee) QDIII 4:23
10. "Down For Whatever"   Madness 4 Real 4:40
11. "Enemy"   Madness 4 Real 4:50
12. "When I Get to Heaven"   Brian G 5:04

Partial list of samples[edit]

Really Doe "Intro from the Film: American Me"

You Know How We Do It

Bop Gun (One Nation)

Lil' Ass Gee

When I Get to Heaven

Ghetto Bird

Cave Bitch

  • "Horny Lil Devil" by Ice Cube

Album singles[edit]

"Really Doe"

  • Released: 1993
  • B-side: "My Skin Is My Sin"

"You Know How We Do It"

  • Released: February, 1994
  • B-side: "2 'N The Morning"

"Bop Gun (One Nation)"'

  • Released: August, 1994
  • B-side: "Down For Whatever"


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
UK Albums Chart 52
US Billboard 200 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Billboard 200 43
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 7

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1993 "Really Doe" 54 30 3
1994 "You Know How We Do It" 30 21 5
1994 "Bop Gun (One Nation)" 23 37 6


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]