Predator [Bonus Tracks]

Predator [Bonus Tracks]

by Ice Cube
     
 

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Released in the aftermath of the 1991 L.A. riots, The Predator radiates tension. Ice Cube infuses nearly every song, and certainly every interlude, with the hostile mood of the era. Even the album's most laid-back moment, "It Was a Good Day," emits a quiet sense of violent anxiety. Granted, Ice Cube's previous albums had been far fromSee more details below

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Released in the aftermath of the 1991 L.A. riots, The Predator radiates tension. Ice Cube infuses nearly every song, and certainly every interlude, with the hostile mood of the era. Even the album's most laid-back moment, "It Was a Good Day," emits a quiet sense of violent anxiety. Granted, Ice Cube's previous albums had been far from gentle, but they were filled with a different kind of rage. On both AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991), he took aim at society in general: women, whites, Koreans, even his former group members in N.W.A. Here, Ice Cube is more focused. He found a relevant episode to magnify with the riots, and he doesn't hold back, beginning with the absolutely crushing "When Will They Shoot?" The song's wall of stomping sound sets the dire tone of The Predator and is immediately followed by "I'm Scared," one of the many disturbing interludes comprised of news commentary related to the riots. It's only during the aforementioned "It Was a Good Day" that Ice Cube somewhat alleviates this album's smothering tension. It's a truly beautiful moment, a career highlight for sure. However, the next song, "We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up," eclipses the relief with yet more calamity. By the time you get to the album-concluding "Say Hi to the Bad Guy" and its mockery of policeman, hopelessness prevails. The Predator is a grim album, for sure, more so than anything Ice Cube would ever again record. In fact, the darkness is so pervasive that the wit of previous albums is absolutely gone. Besides the halfhearted wit of "Gangsta's Fairytale, Pt. 2," you won't find any humor here, just tension. Given this, it's not one of Ice Cube's more accessible albums despite boasting a few of his biggest hits. It is his most serious album, though, as well as his last important album of the '90s. [The Predator was reissued in 2003 with four bonus tracks, including remixes of "Check Yo Self" and "It Was a Good Day."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0724354333927
catalogNumber:
43339
Rank:
6633

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
Das EFX   Background Vocals
Bob Morse   Bass

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Producer,Executive Producer,Execution
Bobcat   Producer
Muggs   Producer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Mister Woody   Producer
Jinx   Producer
Rashad   Producer
Torcha Chamba   Producer
Michelle Azzopardi   Art Direction
Big Bass Brian   Mastering
Dino Paredes   Art Direction
Kris Solem   Remastering
Mark Copeland   Executive Producer
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Maggie Magarian Schmidt   Art Direction
Shannon Ward   Producer
Lance Whitaker   Producer

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