Lethal Injection (album)

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Lethal Injection
Studio album by Ice Cube
Released December 7, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Echo Sound, Skip Saylor's, Westlake Studios
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 2/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 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]