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Ice Cube – The Predator (Album Review)

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Ice Cube plays zero games on “The Predator.”


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TOP 5

 

5. WHEN WILL THEY SHOOT

I love the rebellious vibes “When Will They Shoot” gives off. The song definitely sets the tone for The Predator.

“When Will They Shoot” is a little more direct in vitriol than the other tracks on The Predator. (Cube calls out famous people’s f**kery in When Will They Shoot quite a bit). Artists don’t do this anymore, and that’s cause they can’t without being complained about by a soccer mom somewhere in this world.

 

 

4. THE PREDATOR

Another song, another GOSH DAMN RIOT! Geez, Cube, you need to take about 7 chill pills!

The Predator’s beat is way more relaxing than the other beats on The Predator (I know, confusing s**t), as it focuses on a nice little bop as opposed to pure mayhem. The seesaw-like rap flow Cube uses over the song’s beat is outstanding, to me.

Cube talks about raping the statue of liberty cause it’s a lazy hoe on one of his verses on “The Predator”… That should tell you where his mind was at the time.

 

 

3. WE HAD TO TEAR THIS M—-F—-R UP!

“We Had To Tear This Muthaf**ka up” will literally make you want to tear something up. Matter of fact, while I was listening to the song, I tore the hell out of my ‘Reading is fundamental’ t-shirt they gave me in elementary school. (F**k Reading!)

The beat attached to “We Had To Tear This Muthaf**ka up” screams at you, but it also boasts infectious xylophone-play that makes it seem activist-like. Cube’s lyrics compliment the beat I just mentioned, as, in his verses on the song, he spends most of his time aggressively calling out the corruption going on in White America.

 

 

2. CHECK YO SELF (REMIX)

“Check Yo Self (Remix)” is one of those songs where the remix is more respected than the original (Sorta how “Crush On You (Remix)” with Lil Kim is more respected than the original “Crush On You” with just Lil’ Cease)

When Ice Cube raps about being the person you don’t want to mess with, it’s believable! Matter of fact, Cube sounds like he had about three people in a headlock while he was laying down his verses on “Check Yo Self (Remix).”

Isn’t the chorus on “Check Yo Self (Remix)” one of the best of all time? Das EFX killed it!

BTW, I’m pretty sure a big penis up someone’s ass is bad for your health, Cube… (Both mental and physical health)

 

 

1. GOOD DAY

Is there a single bad thing you can say about “Good Day?” Do I even need to explain to you why this is the best track on The Predator? The real argument is whether or not it’s the best rap track ever…


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (N/A)

2. WHEN WILL THEY SHOOT (4.8/5)

3. I’M SCARED (INSERT) (N/A)

4. WICKED (4.7/5)

5. NOW I GOTTA WET CHA (4.8/5)

6. THE PREDATOR (5/5)

7. IT WAS A GOOD DAY (5/5)

8. WE HAD TO TEAR THAT MOTHAFUCKA UP (5/5)

9. F**K EM (INSERT) (N/A)

10. DIRTY MACK (4.4/5)

11. DON’T TRUST EM’ (4/5)

12. GANGSTA’s FAIRYTALE 2 (4.5/5)

13. CHECK YO SELF (5/5)

14. WHO GOT THE CAMERA? (5/5)

15. INTEGRATION (N/A)

16. SAY HI TO THE BAD GUY (4/5)


OVERALL RATING

(A-)

 

The Predator is one of a kind! The album is political, it’s hard-hitting, and best of all, it’s violent! (You thought Eminem was crude, Cube’s lyrics on this album are way worse) In the ’90s, there were so many unsettling circumstances happening in the black community, and this album narrates that frustration perfectly.

 

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