Ice Cube – Lethal Injection

ice-cube-lethal-injection-back-n-the-day-buffetIce Cube released his fourth studio album “Lethal Injection” on December 7, 1993. The album was produced by Sir Jinx, QDIII, Madness 4 Real and others.   This was the first record where Cube strays away from the socio-political rap tracks and goes after a more gangsta approach.

The first single we got from this album was the funky “Really Doe” where he borrows the drum beat from Sly & The Family StoneSing a Simple Song” and a vocal sample of The Pointer SistersYou Gotta Believe“.  The track bangs and the video has Cube going to court only to be declared “not guilty” by judge B-Real.

Thirty in a holdin tank, catch the vapors
Make me a pillow out of toilet paper
Concrete bench kickin’ off the hemorrhoids;
Eses deep, don’t fuck with dem boys
Phone check, collect call from the baller
Her mama said please don’t call her
Do-Wah-Diddy, far from New Jack City
Seen one of my peers, “What the fuck you doin in here?”
He said, “One-eighty-seven on the enemy
And they treat me like I just shot a Kennedy!”
Deputy bitch thinks she’s the Queen Bee
Ink on my thumb, index, and pinky.
“Sir, what set you from?” Play dumb
“General popu-la-tion”
Mama put your house up, and I can bounce up
Out this motherfucker, that’s why I love ya
Out like a boss, with a half-pint of sauce
Got the shit sewed up like Betsy Ross
What a friend know? Buy some indo
Never fuck with a silly ho – really doe

The second single off the album is the “It Was A Good Day” sequel-of-sorts “You Know How We Do It” where they take a smooth Evelyn Champagne King sample of “The Show Is Over” where Cube talks about his day driving through the streets of Los Angeles.  The track is that song you play at a cookout on a Saturday afternoon. Lounging.

Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the bomb-ass rap song
Hittin’ all night long
Just like me on the black and white ivory
Gettin’ six on the tee-ta-lee, you don’t want to see a G
Break yo’ ass like dishes
Buster-ass tricks, sleep with the fishes
Runnin’ from Lennox, up at Venice
They wanna have me in stripes, like Dennis the Menace
But that ain’t poppin’, ain’t no stoppin’
Fo’-hoppin’, ass droppin’, Coupe DeVille
My truth can, ill – fool I got skills
So, back on up ‘fore I check that chin
Down as fuck and I’m full off Henn’
You gets no love and I thought you knew it
Fool, you know how we do it

He get’s controversial with the track “Cave Bitch” where he gives us the difference between a curvy African-American woman and a “six o’clock” white woman with not boobs or butt.  It’s a bit on the racist tip because if this was a song bashing black women, all hell would break loose!  The 90’s were at time where lyrically it was a “no holds barred” genre where the more controversial you got, the harder you’d be.  Can’t do thatish now!

Now don’t think that I hate you
Cuz I won’t date you, bitch I gotta stay true
You can be a fan, but don’t expand
And try to get my dick in your hand
You better run to the minute man
Pale as snow, so act like y’know
Cuz if I slap it, flip it, and rub it like that
Yeah, it gotta be black
Plus yo ass too flat
I need a butt big enough that can clap
Rat-a-tat-tat
You can’t get mine ho
I’d rather fuck an albino
Atleast I know, she’s comin’ from the Nubian
And not the Ku Klux Klan that you be in
And I don’t give a fuck if your family is rich
You’re still a little cave bitch

Ghetto Bird” is hands down the greatest track off this album.  Using samples from “Atomic Dog” and “Funky Worm”, Cube tales a tale about being pursued by the police helicopter while he drive’s his stolen Impala down El Segundo Blvd, only to ditch the car and jump into a strangers backyard to get away.  Great storytelling and dope west coast beats/bass makes this one of his best tracks ever!

Now, my homey’s here to lick on a trick for a Rolex
And let me try the fo’ next
Now the fo’ I was driving was hotter than july
Looked up and didn’t see a ribbon in the sky
Saw a chopper with numbers on the bottom
“Calling all cars, I think we’ve got em.”
I hit the gas and I mashed past Inglewood
I think I drove through every single hood
South Central, Compton and Watts
Long Beach, bust a U, here come the cops
Wish I had a genie with about three wishes
Metal flake green on D’s I look suspicious
You know that I’m running
Shit, I hear it humming
Fuck, I see it coming
Is it a bird? Yup
Is it a plane? No
I hit me a right on El Segundo
Wanted to holla, had to ditch the Impala
Let’s see if they would folla
Me, hit a fence, hit a fence, and another
Met me a baby pitbull and his mother
Ran up in some peoples house and looked out of the window
I wish it was my kinfolk
Had to pull a strap on a fool named Louis the Third
Cuz I’m getting chased by the ghetto bird

On “What Can I Do?” Ice Cube goes back to telling stories about how he was knee deep in the drug game, that he had to move to Minnesota and living right next to Prince.  He get’s caught, goes to jail only to go back to Los Angeles to work at McDonald’s and get held up by Mack 10.  Unfortunately, the track we get is not even close to being dope as the remix, but the video is crazy dope!

Even though I got muscle, that ain’t my hustle
Takin a nigga’s shit in a tussle
No skills, to pay the bills
Talkin about education to battle inflation
No college degree, just a dumb ass G
(Yeah you fool..) Who me?
I got a baby on the way, damn it’s a mess
Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Yes
Took some advice from my Uncle Fester
All dressed up in polyester
Welcome to McDonalds may I please help you?

[Mack 10]
Yeah you can help me punk
Give me all of the money, or I’m dumpin
That’s on my momma
Ay homeboy, while you at it
Gimme large fries, a strawberry shake
A Big Mac, cause this Mack 10 fo’ life

[Ice Cube]
Can I roll wit you? What can I do?
Now I’m on the run, with a gun
And this fool I don’t know, pedal to the flo’
Swervin, servin all of the pigs
Just because they tryin to split my wig
I’m in custody, L.A.P.D
One more felony, strike number three
Twenty-five to life in cell block two
It’s true, that’s what I gotta do, oooh

The album also includes the tracks “Lil Ass Gee” where he talks about being young and dumb and “Bop Gun (One Nation)” featuring George Clinton that was playing every hour on the hour on MTV.  The album was dope but I missed “Angry Cube” and “Conscious Cube” from the previous solo joints.  Still, it’s a west coast classic and bumps till this day!

-Al E.

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