Ice Cube – The Predator

ice-cube-the-predator-back-n-the-day-buffetIce Cube released his third studio album “The Predator” on November 17th 1992. This album was released 7 months after the LA Riots and is Ice Cube’s most successful album when it comes to sales.  The album was produced by various producers including DJ Pooh, DJ Muggs and Sir Jinx.

Every Ice Cube album has that first track where he goes bonkers and goes after his enemies and racist punks!  So with tracks like “The Nigga Ya Love to Hate” and “The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit” you know he had something dope for us on his third LP. On “When Will They Shoot” he takes a extremely popular boom-bap sample of Queen’sWe Will Rock You” and goes after the N.W.A, the racist and the LA PD when he says,

Darryl Gates got the studio surrounded
Cause he don’t like the niggas that I’m down with
Motherfucker wanna do us
Cause I like Nat, Huey, Malcolm, and Louis
Most got done by a black man’s bullet
Give a trigger to a nigga and watch him pull it
Negro assass-in
I’mma dig a ditch, bitch, and throw yo’ ass in
When they shoot, no, it won’t be a cracker
They use somebody much blacker
What I do? I called up the Geto Boy(s) crew
Cause +My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me+ too
Never died, surround my crib
And F.O.I. makin sure nobody creep when I sleep
Keep a 9 millimeter in my Jeep – PEEP!
When I roll, I gots to roll deep
Ain’t goin out cheap
Met the MADD Circle on Cypress Hill cause it’s so steep
They’ll never get me, they’ll never hit me
Motherfuck that shit J-Dee
Now I’m relaxed
Grab the St. Ide’s brew so I can max
Sittin by the window cause it’s so fuckin hot
And then I heard a shot – boom

Talking about the LA PD and the 1992 Riots, Ice Cube has 3 tracks that talk go back to those 6 nights where looting and arson were destroying South Central LA.  On “Wicked” he recruits Don Jagwarr to do the ragamuffin hook and puts the riots in perspective.

People wanna know how come
I got a gat and I’m lookin out the window like Malcolm
Ready to bring that noise
Kinda trigger happy like the Geto Boys
April 29th brought power to the people
And we might just see a sequel
Cause police got equal hate
A chazzer’s a pig that don’t fly straight
Through with Daryl Gates but is Willie Williams
Down with the pilgrims?
Just a super slave
We’ll have to break his ass up like Super Dave
I’m wicked enough to board this
Cause now it’s on to the fullest
Gorilla straight from the mist
But I don’t miss when it comes to uh this
Bring the yellow tape
The white cape, cause I’m so straight
Through with the picket signs, take this job and stick it, Bigot, cause I get wicked

Then on “Who Got The Camera” he wishes he had a camera to show how crooked cops are harassing black people, just like they caught those 4 cops beating up Rodney King.

No lights no camera no action
And the pigs wouldn’t believe that my slave name was Jackson
He said, “Don’t lie to me”
“I’m looking for John, Matty, or Spike Lee”
The motherfuckers called for back up
I guess they planned to beat the mack up
He called me a silly ass thug
And pulled out his billy ass club
Tearin up my coupe lookin for the chronic
Goddamn nobody got a Panasonic?!
Found an empty can of Old Gold
Came around and put my ass in a choke hold
Fucked around and broke my pager
Then they hit a nigga with a Taser
The motherfucking pigs was trying to hurt me
I fell to the ground and said, “Lord, have mercy!”
Then they hit me in the face y’all
But to them it ain’t nuttin but (a friendly game of baseball)
Crowd stood around I said “God damn ya
Who got the camera?”

The jam that everybody remembers on this album and how a lot of Hip Hoppers remember the riots is the hype track “We Had To Tear This Muthafucka Up“.  DJ Muggs produced this classic track and using a dope bass guitar riff from Gene Russell’sGet Down” Ice Cube goes on a rampage and “makes it rough”!  This track makes me wanna throw a trash can though a glass window just like Mookie did!

I gotta mac-10 for Officer Wind
Damn his devil ass need to be shipped back to Kansas
In a casket, crew cut faggot
Now he ain’t nothin but food for the maggots
Lunch, punch, Hawaiin, lyin
Niggas ain’t buyin, ya story, bore me
Tearin up shit with fire, shooters, looters
Now I got a laptop computer
I told you it would happened and you heard it, read it
But all you can call me was anti-semitic
Regret it? Nope, said it? Yep
Listen to my big black boots as I step
Niggas had to break you off somethin, give Bush a push
But your National Guard ain’t hard
You had to get Rodney to stop me, cause you know what?
We woulda to’ this muthafucka up

The other bangin DJ Muggs tracks is “Now I Gotta Wet’Cha” where Cube raps over a Cypress Hill-esque beat.  He goes back to the scene of the crime in Simi Valley to get revenge on those police officers that beat Rodney King.

S-I-M-I Valley for the KKK rally
A place on the map where the order is
Though devils can’t beat up a motorist
And get nothin but a slap on the wrist
Gorillas, gorillas report to the mist
The fist of fury and I’ma shove em
Motherfuck the jury and who ever love em
Why you have to leave it to Beaver?
Now I’m chasin Beaver’ ass with a cleaver
With the swing, swing, swing and chop, chop, chop
Get them up, nigga
Cos tonight we’re havin chopped liver
And I’ma cut out’cha heart
Start the fryin pan for the devil a’la carte
Twelve motherfuckers ya better be glad I never met’cha
Cos I’m gonna wet’cha

The two tracks that sold the copies like pancakes was “It Was A Good Day” and “Check Yo Self” featuring Das EFX.  The tracks had 2 recognizable samples (“Footsteps in the Dark” by The Isley Brothers and “The Message” by Melle Mell and The Furious Five respectively).  The videos could’ve easily been put together to form a movie called “A Day In The Life of Ice Cube”.  He gets breakfast, plays ball and get’s laid, only to be arrested and thrown in jail the next day.

The album is dope but it falls short from the previous 2 albums.  Still, it’s a strong album and deserves it’s major props!  When he said, “And I won’t choke like the Buffalo Bills“, he had only seen them lose 2 Super Bowls.  That’s how long it’s been!

-Al E.

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