Ice Cube, "The Predator" Poll

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way back when, i would've picked either ameriKKKa's most wanted or death certificate as better records than the predator -- shit, i still may. but the more that i think of it -- and more importantly, the more that i decide which ice cube record to listen to these days -- i find myself turning to the predator. perhaps it was the 1992 LA riots that made him Ice Cube his theretofore rather wide-ranging rage and -- just as importantly for ILM purposes -- made him concentrate his songwriting strengths and churn out some banging tunes (the summer of 1993 i definitely remember driving around to both "it was a good day" AND the message remix of "check yourself" both of which were unthinkable back in the day of "you can't fade me" or "black korea" -- good times indeed). and, for those of us who were willing to check out the CD tracks not played on the radio, you also had the gonzo/morally ambiguous humor of tracks like "now i gotta wet 'cha." all told, an interesting interlude before g-funk and wu-tang (not to mention grunge) overran just about everything.

whatevah, choose!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
When Will They Shoot? 11
It Was a Good Day 6
Wicked 3
We Had to Tear This Motherfucker Up 2
Gangsta's Fairytale, Pt. 2 2
The Predator 2
Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha 1
Check Yo Self 1
Check Yo Self (The Message Remix) 1
Say Hi to the Bad Guy 0
It Was a Good Day (Remix) 0
The First Day of School (Intro) 0
24 wit an L 0
Integration (Insert) 0
Who Got the Camera? 0
Don't Trust 'Em 0
Dirty Mack 0
Fuck 'Em 0
I'm Scared (Insert) 0
U Ain't Gonna Take My Life0


Eisbaer, Monday, 15 October 2007 04:14 (fourteen years ago) link

"When Will They Shoot?" was played on repeat many a day after I bought this.

HI DERE, Monday, 15 October 2007 04:38 (fourteen years ago) link

^^^

omar little, Monday, 15 October 2007 04:49 (fourteen years ago) link

"We Had to Tear this Motherfucker Up", but it's tough to single one track out on such a cohesive album.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 15 October 2007 06:42 (fourteen years ago) link

"wicked" for that post-PE squealy, noisy production, even with the bog-standard reggae bit.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 15 October 2007 07:04 (fourteen years ago) link

WALKIN, WALKIN IN MY BIG BLACK BOOTS

energy flash gordon, Monday, 15 October 2007 08:20 (fourteen years ago) link

also, FFS:

Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)
It Was a Good Day (Remix)
24 wit an L
U Ain't Gonna Take My Life

These are not tracks on The Predator. (not saying anything about their quality - I paid $20 for the Wicked 12" on import just to get U Ain't Gonna after hearing it ONCE on the radio.)

energy flash gordon, Monday, 15 October 2007 08:22 (fourteen years ago) link

CUZ I GET WICKED

deej, Monday, 15 October 2007 14:50 (fourteen years ago) link

tremendoid and i were talking about this awhile ago, we both like this one best

deej, Monday, 15 October 2007 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I went with "It Was A Good Day" which is an obvious choice but to me the most memorable of an album I listened the hell out of when it came out.

Euler, Monday, 15 October 2007 15:06 (fourteen years ago) link

I hate being Mr. Obvious, but have to go with "It Was a Good Day". "When Will They Shoot?" and "We Had to Tear This Motherfucker Up" are perfectly acceptable answers, too.

xp, yeah

The Reverend, Monday, 15 October 2007 15:07 (fourteen years ago) link

tremendoid and i were talking about this awhile ago, we both like this one best

-- deej, Monday, October 15, 2007 9:51 AM (25 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

this one being predator, not 'wicked'

deej, Monday, 15 October 2007 15:16 (fourteen years ago) link

you know you just won, g
won what?
the wet t-shirt contest, motherfucker
*brraapratatattat*

am0n, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:12 (fourteen years ago) link

We Had to Tear This Motherfucker Up

and what, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:16 (fourteen years ago) link

won g? lulz (xp)

The Reverend, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:17 (fourteen years ago) link

When Will They Shoot if we're talking strictly album tracks. The It Was A Good Day remix with the Staples Singers/Curtis Mayfield sample is just as good if not better tho - I think that was the first hip-hop song without a drum track (or beatboxing) that I ever heard.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 15 October 2007 16:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Side One was perfect (my favourite non-compilation half-LP of hip-hop ever, probably) and "When Will They Shoot" just crushes.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 15 October 2007 19:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Friday, 19 October 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Saturday, 20 October 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha 1

LOL -- "the wet t-shirt contest, motherfucker!"

Eisbaer, Saturday, 20 October 2007 23:16 (fourteen years ago) link

"Who Got the Camera?" deserved some love. As did "U Ain't Gonna Take My Life" altho it isn't a proper album track.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 20 October 2007 23:17 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

This poll OTM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1lUhfsdeyo

low-rent black gangster nicknamed Bootsy (DJP), Friday, 3 June 2011 16:49 (eleven years ago) link

although this is also OTM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCijgm8xNuQ&feature=related

low-rent black gangster nicknamed Bootsy (DJP), Friday, 3 June 2011 16:54 (eleven years ago) link

whole fukkin album is OTM:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgd2L4U8WtM

low-rent black gangster nicknamed Bootsy (DJP), Friday, 3 June 2011 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVcD1RydY4

^^^better than the album version imho

metally ill (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 3 June 2011 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

3 good songs out of like 20. The beginning of his decline, IMO. AMW and DC were both way better.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 3 June 2011 18:47 (eleven years ago) link

I think the only way in which we are similar is that we both need to breathe oxygen to survive

low-rent black gangster nicknamed Bootsy (DJP), Friday, 3 June 2011 18:48 (eleven years ago) link

I don't mind someone thinking the other two are better, but this is an incredible album, Assport ought to check himself

all cats are gay (sic), Saturday, 4 June 2011 01:46 (eleven years ago) link

lol djp

you're nobody til somebody SBs you (symsymsym), Saturday, 4 June 2011 03:23 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, but...the poll speaks for itself, guys. Look at all those songs with one and zero votes. Three songs does not a classis album make. "When Will they Shoot" is a great song, an amazing opener, no arguments. "It Was A Good Day" was never one of my favorites, but as far as hip hop 'hits' go, it's up there with "Nuthin' But A G Thang" and worthy of praise for its surreal ubiquity alone. "Wicked" is sorta terrible - I'm so glad that period of random dancehall dudes 'toasting' over rap choruses was so short-lived. Death Certificate is full of great songs (and sure, a few bad ones - but show me a rap album from this era that isn't Illmatic that didn't have filler). AMW is spottier, but also better than The Predator.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 4 June 2011 14:34 (eleven years ago) link

Um the poll isn't "vote for songs you like", it's vote for your favorite, and this album has a very clear frontrunner

red dead prez redemption (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 June 2011 16:16 (eleven years ago) link

I mean like there are a buncha solid jams on this but none beat When Will They Shoot?

red dead prez redemption (Neanderthal), Saturday, 4 June 2011 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

i agree that the 3 skits on this album are not as good as all the other fucking awesome tracks. also i require oxygen too.

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 June 2011 12:54 (eleven years ago) link

also "toasting"

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 June 2011 12:55 (eleven years ago) link

this album is so good that U Ain't Gonna Take My Life, a song I heard once on the radio and went into the city to pay $18 for an import 12" to hear again, was a B-SIDE

all cats are gay (sic), Sunday, 5 June 2011 12:57 (eleven years ago) link

it wasn't even on the original album, i got it on a free tape from some terrible lol indie magazine. it's fucking tremendous nest pas?

banter panchali (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:02 (eleven years ago) link

that's what I mean, schoolboy me had to catch a train for an hour each way to buy the Wicked 12" to get it

he does sound a lot more casual and cheery than on most of the album I guess, so perhaps it just didn't fit for that reason

all cats are gay (sic), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

also the En Vogue chorus may have felt too pop/G-funk to include at the time

all cats are gay (sic), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:14 (eleven years ago) link

lol I just read the pre-revive and saw me going on about buying it

all cats are gay (sic), Sunday, 5 June 2011 13:15 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

WE WALK THRU BENSONHURST, WE GET KILLED, SO WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

Bond 23: Skyrim (Noodle Vague), Friday, 11 November 2011 14:40 (ten years ago) link

When Will They Shoot if we're talking strictly album tracks. The It Was A Good Day remix with the Staples Singers/Curtis Mayfield sample is just as good if not better tho - I think that was the first hip-hop song without a drum track (or beatboxing) that I ever heard.

― Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, October 15, 2007 4:19 PM (4 years ago)


shakey mo OTM

bernard snowy, Friday, 11 November 2011 17:58 (ten years ago) link

Ain't no one talkin' when I'm talkin' fellas, so shut the fuck up

no jesus, no piece (Neanderthal), Friday, 11 November 2011 20:13 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

'when will they shoot?' is great music for any occasion both social and private, especially if it involves walking with purpose

christmas candy bar (al leong), Friday, 10 January 2014 00:56 (eight years ago) link

walking in my big black boots has been scarred into my brain since day 1

Emilia Fabbo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 January 2014 00:58 (eight years ago) link

^^^ OTM, both of you

SHAUN (DJP), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:17 (eight years ago) link

yes, yes and yes

g simmel, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:22 (eight years ago) link

I have always got "Fuck Billboard and the editor here comes the predator" in my mind, as erroneous as it might be!

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:27 (eight years ago) link

that's a truth bomb

Jargon Kinsman (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:29 (eight years ago) link

to get some respect we had to

Jargon Kinsman (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:31 (eight years ago) link

it is hard to explain how anti-estab Ice Cube was back then. I won't bother trying!

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:44 (eight years ago) link

This one is my favorite Ice Cube record, mainly because I think it's his best sounding record. The production is fantastic all the way through.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 10 January 2014 09:00 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

what's in that box back there??

would it happen to be DONUTS???

j., Tuesday, 23 December 2014 21:47 (seven years ago) link

duck yr head in there

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:34 (seven years ago) link

five years pass...

You missed, and didn't hit Da Lench Mob either
"Guerillas in the Mist" without Jungle Fever
But I got the fever for the flava of a cracker
Not a Pringle, bust the single, here's my new jingle

"Stalkin, walkin in my big black boots"
The KKK has got three-piece suits
Using n****s like turkey shoots
My motto is Treat 'Em Like a Prostitute

Now if I say no violence, devil, you won't respect mine
Fuck the dumb shit and get my Tec-9
And if they approach us
Aight, aight I bury those cockroaches

ill fuckin put a paste on those (Neanderthal), Friday, 7 February 2020 00:52 (two years ago) link

Dude was on another level in his prime.

This isn't even the one i quote lyrix from the most but sentimental value for being the first.

"Motherfuck Billboard and the editor
Here comes the Predator"

ill fuckin put a paste on those (Neanderthal), Friday, 7 February 2020 00:53 (two years ago) link

What’s he holding on the cover? I always wondered.

piscesx, Friday, 7 February 2020 02:12 (two years ago) link

the pipe that he's smoking

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Friday, 7 February 2020 02:17 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

April 29th was power to the people
and there might just be a sequel


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