The Predator [LP]

The Predator [LP]

by Ice CubeIce 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 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 re-released on LP in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Priority Records
UPC: 0602547308702
catalogNumber: 002310302
Rank: 16086

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice Cube   Primary Artist
Das EFX   Background Vocals
Bob Morse   Bass

Technical Credits

Ice Cube   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Donald Fagen   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Composer
Duke Jordan   Composer
Brian May   Composer
Junie Morrison   Composer
Bobcat   Producer
Walter Becker   Composer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Don Jaguar   Composer
Muggs   Producer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Keith Shocklee   Composer
Hank Shocklee   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
Carlton Ridenhour   Composer
Jinx   Producer
Rashad   Producer
Torcha Chamba   Producer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Composer
Dino Paredes   Art Direction
Roy Hammond   Composer
Gregory Webster   Composer
Andre Weston   Composer
Woody   Producer
Ralph Middlebrooks   Composer
Marshall Jones   Composer
Gary Rinaldo   Composer
Leroy Bonner   Composer
Christopher Charity   Composer
David Lynch   Composer
Willie Hines   Composer

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