|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, hardcore 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 Ice Cube's most critically successful album, The Predator is his most commercially successful, reaching 2x platinum status in the United States, also containing his most successful 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 2008 it has sold over 2 million copies in the USA, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
- 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.
The Predator debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 193,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum on January 7, 1993 and 2x platinum in late 2001, making it Ice Cube's best-selling album to date.
|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).
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.
In a 2014 interview with rapper/producer Q Tip, actor Leonardo DiCaprio expresses his admiration for Ice Cube' s album The Predator. He stated that the album was a "magnum opus of his solo career" and it was a "voice for the angry and unheard during the 90s."
|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 (Insert)"||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|
All credits taken from WhoSampled
"When Will They Shoot?"
- "Giggin' Down 103rd" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
- "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James
- "We Will Rock You" by Queen
- "No Vaseline" by Ice Cube
- "Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It?" by X-Clan
- "Oh Honey" by Delegation
- "O.P.P." by Naughty by Nature
- "Treat Her Like a Prostitute" by Slick Rick
- "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players
- "You Can Make It If You Try" by Sly & the Family Stone
- "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy
- "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" by En Vogue
- "Looseys" by Das EFX
"Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha"
- "Guerillas in Tha Mist" by Da Lench Mob
- "Get Out of My Life Woman" by Solomon Burke
- "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" by Parliament
- "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
- "East Coast" by Das EFX
- "Cop Shootout" from The Terminator
- "Regrouping After Blain's Death" from Predator
- "The Alien Hunter" and "King Willie" from Predator 2
"It Was a Good Day"
"We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up"
- "Maintaining Public Order" from Eyes on the Prize
- "Get Down" by Gene Russell
- "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
- "I Got Ants in My Pants" by James Brown
- "Blow Your Head" by Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s
- "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)", "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" and "Unfunky UFO" by Parliament
"Don't Trust 'Em"
- "Green Earrings" by Steely Dan
- "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe
- "Hold On" by En Vogue
- "Don't Believe the Hype" and "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy
- "Bathtub Scene" from Scarface
- "A Bitch Iz a Bitch" by N.W.A
- "JD's Gaffilin' (Part 2)" by Ice Cube
- "Jimmy" by Boogie Down Productions
"Gangsta's Fairytale 2"
- "Distant" by A Taste of Honey
- "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]" by Parliament
- "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
"Check Yo Self"
"Who Got the Camera?"
- "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" by Funkadelic
- "All We Need (Is Another Chance)" by The Escorts
- "Just a Friendly Game of Baseball" by Main Source
- "Niggers vs. The Police" by Richard Pryor
- "See if There's a Black and White" from Die Hard
"Say Hi to the Bad Guy"
|UK Albums Chart||73|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|US Billboard 200||24|
|US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||8|
|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||—|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
In popular culture
In the comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, 11-year old Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) tries to impress his neighbor and babysitter Nichole (Luna Blaise) with a copy of The Predator featuring a huge Parental Advisory label. She decides to keep his copy after listening to it babysitting him and they end up bonding over it.
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- "British album certifications – Ice Cube – The Predator". British Phonographic Industry. Enter The Predator in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
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