Why don’t people consider Ice Cube in their top 5 of all time? Do people forget that he was as ruthless as Eminem in the 90s, and had more kouffis than Nas? He was also political, continuing N.W.A’s trend of going against everyone and their mamas in his prime! Anyway, “Predator” is an album that was dropped at the pinnacle of gangsta rap, and is a must-listen if you are a hip hop head.
5. WHEN WILL THEY SHOOT
I love the rebellious feel that the instrumental and Cube’s tone gives off on this song. It definitely sets the tone for the album.
This track is a little more direct in vitriol than the others, as Cube is calling out specific people’s actions this time around. Artists don’t do this anymore, and that’s cause they can’t without being complained about by a soccer mom somewhere.
4. THE PREDATOR
Another song, another GOSH DAMN RIOT! Jeez Cube, you need to take about 7 chill pills.
The Predator’s beat is way more relaxed than the others, as it focuses on a nice little bop. Cube’s flow is perfect for the beat, as he raps with this seesaw-like flow that I absolutely love; matter of fact, that’s the best part about this song, to me.
Cube talks about raping the statue of liberty cause it’s a lazy hoe on one of his verses on this song…That should tell you where his mind was at the time…
3. WE HAD TO TEAR THIS M—-F—-R UP!
This song literally makes you want to tear something up. While I was listening to it, I tore the hell out of my Reading is fundamental t-shirt they gave me in elementary school. F**k Reading!
Ice Cube is super angry on this track. It’s the type of anger you get when you miss the train by a minute and can see it leaving.
The beat attached to “We Had To Tear This Muthaf**ka up” screams at you, but it also boasts this infectious xylophone sound that makes it seem more and more activist-like. Cube’s lyrics compliment the beat, as he spends most of his time aggressively calling out the corruption going on in White America.
2. CHECK YO SELF (REMIX)
This is one of those songs where the remix is more respected than the original; sorta like “Crush on you” with Lil’ Kim. (The regular version of ‘Crush On You’ was 3 verses of Lil’ Cease)
When Ice Cube raps about being the person you don’t want to mess with, it’s believable! Matter of fact, this song sounds like he had about 3 people in a headlock while he was laying down his verses.
Isn’t the chorus on this song 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 any bad thing you can say about this song? The vibe attached to it is relaxing, Cube’s lyrics are really clear, and his storytelling flows well. It’s like the listener can literally see themselves as him having this wonderful day (Unless you are a Kardashian, in which you’re probably thinking how someone can have a good day based on a triple double).
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)
“The Predator” is one of a kind! If you like NWA, you will like it for sure. The album is political, it’s hard-hitting, and best of all, it’s violent! (You thought Eminem was crude, this is way worse) In the 90’s, there was so much unsettling circumstances happening in the black community, and this album narrates that frustration perfectly.
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