The Predator (Ice Cube album)
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|Released||November 17, 1992|
|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, on November 17, 1992, 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 two million copies in the US, 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
- I thought they was buggin'
- 'Cause to us, Uncle Sam is Hitler without an oven
- Burnin' our black skin
- Bomb a neighborhood, then push the crack in
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.
"Now I Gotta Wet’cha" is the source of the popular phrase "It’s on like Donkey Kong." Since the song's release, the quote has been used in sports, commercials, movies, and television with a huge surge in usage from the years 2000 through 2005. In 2010, Nintendo trademarked the phrase in order to promote the Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns.
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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". Spin called it a record that "demands to be heard" (1/93, p. 61). Q included it in its "90 Best Albums of the 1990s" (12/99, p. 74).
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.
The Predator debuted at number one 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.
In a 2014 interview with rapper and producer Q-Tip, actor Leonardo DiCaprio expresses his admiration for The Predator. He stated that the album was the "magnum opus of [Ice Cube's] 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?"||4:36|
|3.||"I'm Scared (Insert)"||1:32|
|4.||"Wicked" (featuring Don Jagwarr)||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 (Insert)"||Sir Jinx||2:02|
|10.||"Dirty Mack"||Mr. Woody||4:34|
|11.||"Don't Trust 'Em"||4:06|
|12.||"Gangsta's Fairytale 2" (featuring Lil Russ)||3:19|
|13.||"Check Yo Self" (featuring Das EFX)||3:42|
|14.||"Who Got the Camera?"||Sir Jinx||4:37|
|15.||"Integration (Insert)"||Ice Cube||2:31|
|16.||"Say Hi to the Bad Guy"||Sir Jinx||3:19|
|2003 reissue bonus tracks|
|17.||"Check Yo Self" ('The Message' Remix) (featuring Das EFX)||3:54|
|18.||"It Was a Good Day" (Remix)||Ice Cube||4:28|
|19.||"24 Wit An L"||Ice Cube||3:25|
|20.||"U Ain't Gonna Take My Life"||Mr. Woody||4:07|
The First Day of School (Intro)
- Dialogue from the film American Me (1992)
When Will They Shoot?
- "We Will Rock You" by Queen
- "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" by Bob James
- "Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It?" by X-Clan
- "Giggin' Down 103rd" by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
- "Oh Honey" by Delegation
I'm Scared (Insert)
- "You Can Make It if You Try" by Sly & the Family Stone
- "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players
- "Welcome to the Terrordome" and "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy
- "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
- Dialogue from the films Predator (1987) and Predator 2 (1990)
- "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
- "East Coast" by Das EFX
It Was a Good Day
- "Footsteps in the Dark" by The Isley Brothers
- "Sexy Mama" by The Moments
We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up
- Excerpt of speech by Ben West, mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, on civil rights protest in that city in 1960; taken 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
Fuck 'Em (Insert)
- Excerpts of an interview with Ice Cube and journalist Barbara Nevins on CNBC in 1991
- "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin
- "Dinner Conversation" from Scarface
- "Roto-Rooter" by Bootsy's Rubber Band
- "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
- "Bathtub Scene" from Scarface
- "A Bitch Iz a Bitch" by N.W.A
- "Don't Believe the Hype" and "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy
- "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe
- "Hold On" by En Vogue
Gangsta's Fairytale 2
- "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers
- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]" by Parliament
- "Distant" by A Taste of Honey
- "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
Check Yo Self
Who Got the Camera?
- Dialogue from the films Die Hard (1987) and A Rage in Harlem (1991)
- "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" and "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic
- "Niggers vs. The Police" by Richard Pryor
- "Just a Friendly Game of Baseball" by Main Source
- Excerpts from Malcolm X's debate at Oxford Union Society in 1964; a television interview with Malcolm X and unidentified man (taken from Like It Is); and a discussion between Phil Donahue and Louis Farrakhan on Donahue in March 1990
Say Hi to the Bad Guy
- "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" by Parliament
- "Shack Up (Part II)" by Banbarra
Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)
- "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
It Was a Good Day (Remix)
- "Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers
- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention - B3M]" by Parliament
24 Wit An L
U Ain't Gonna Take My Life
- "Buck Whylin'" by Terminator X
- "Sir Psycho Sexy" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "I Gotcha" by Joe Tex
- "Police Ambush Henry Hill" from Goodfellas
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Use in media
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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