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The Predator [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Ice CubeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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listen  3. I'm Scared (Insert) [Explicit] 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha [Explicit] 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Dirty Mack [Explicit] 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Don't Trust 'Em [Explicit] 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Gangsta's Fairytale 2 [Explicit] 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. Say Hi To The Bad Guy [Explicit] 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Check Yo Self (Radio Remix) [Explicit] 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. It Was A Good Day (Remix) [Explicit] 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. 24 Wit An L [Explicit] 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. U Ain't Gonna Take My Life [Explicit] 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00008GQEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Was a Good Song October 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"The Predator" came out in 1992, when gangsta rap was at its peak and shortly after Ice Cube made his acting debut in the spectacular "Boyz N the Hood." Not surprisingly, the CD became Ice Cube's biggest seller, with over 2 million copies moved. During this time, Ice Cube was a vocal advocate for African-Americans and some of his earlier songs were seen as tirades against the white establishment. Although this CD is not political on the scale of Public Enemy or a few other rap artists of the time, it's right up there.

"The Predator" starts with a bang - a brief skit of prisoners being searched before entering prison. The song really sets the tone for the CD, a screed by an angry young man who has been mistreated by society and has to struggle every day with the violence in his community. The CD is also filled with timely references, including the LA riots, the Simi Valley trial of the officers who beat Rodney King, and so on.

The songs are also uniformly excellent, especially "It Was a Good Day" - his biggest hit and arguably best song ever. The song samples the Isley Brother's "Footsteps in the Dark," and has some truly indelible lines. The poignancy of the song is incredibly strong, telling of a young man who considers a day in which he wasn't carjacked, didn't have to use his AK, or didn't knew someone who was killed to be a "good" one. The song is highly evocative of early 90s rap - a true classic. Another highlight is "Check Yo Self" featuring Das EFX, which was a #1 R&B hit and went platinum.

Although much of the music is serious, Ice Cube's clever humor often shows through, such as his reference to Kris Kross's "Jump" on "Gangsta's Fairytale 2" - he also calls Cinderella a "snitch"! Overall, "The Predator" is one of the strongest rap CDs of its era. Ice Cube has obviously gone on to focus on acting, but he leaves behind a strong music legacy, of which "The Predator" is clearly a highlight. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improved classic. August 31, 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
I like albums of his from before and after this one, but if I had to keep just one, it would be "The Predator". There's numerous great raps here, like "Wicked", "Dirty Mack", and the huge "It Was A Good Day". Plus most of the skits hold up to repeat listenings also. I don't notice any major improvement from the remastering, but the extra tracks are awesome. The two remixes are cool, and "U Ain't Gonna Take My Life" is amazing. Both that track and "24 Wit An L" were previously on his "Bootlegs And B-sides" album. If anyone tells you this disc is wack, "Don't Trust 'em".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's "Who" September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the most famous album of the man all rap artists should try and emulate. Nearly 20 yrs after he hit the scene he's still a touchstone of the industry. Bizarre parodied his "Good Day" which still gets airplay as does "Check yo self" years after the albums debut. This is not perhaps his best album, but certainly the one that he will be remembered by, either way it is a great album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it! January 5, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you want to know what there is to like about gangsta rap in general and Ice Cube in particular, get this album and DEATH CERTIFICATE. Political anger and a restless urge to open some eyes power this album. Ice Cube the producer is at his creative best here formally on tracks like "I'm Scared", "---- 'Em" and "The Predator". But more than anything else it's his work as a lyricist that makes this album. He paints the brutality and fear of the gangsta life in tracks like "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha" and "It Was a Good Day". He invokes the fear and helpless rage directed against the white community in general and police in particular, in tracks like "When Will They Shoot?", "We Had to Tear This Motha----- Up" and "Who Got the Camera?" He makes you understand where the shot is coming from when it's finally fired in "Say Hi to the Bad Guy". Whether you agree with his views or not, after hearing this album you will have to leave room for them.
More than that, most of these tracks are incredibly entertaining - you'll find yourself chanting the lyrics along with him. Classic songs, these will get in your head and stay there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is no DVD!!! Check yo' Self Amazon! March 14, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is just to tell all wondering what is on this bonus DVD that THERE IS NOT A DVD! I finally got tired with hunting around trying to find out what is on it, bucked -up and ordered it last month from Amazon. Just as I suspected - there is no DVD. I think they mixed up a version of the Greatest Hits CD with this one - you can buy both the Greatest Hits CD and DVD packaged together. Anyhow - there is no DVD packaged with the Predator.
As for the CD itself - no it is not Amerikkka's Most or Deathe Certificate, but it still has a lot on it (though I agree the Gangsta's Fairytale sequel is maaaad weak. When Will They Shoot is bangin' Who Got the Camera? is bangin' - the last reviewer thought Lethal Injection was better than The Predator? Ridiculous! Ghetto Bird, You Know How We Do It, Make it Ruff? Those are - and Lethal Injection is the absolute WORST original [meaning not G/H or compilation releases] album of his career. But that's another review. The Predator has Cube falling a few steps backward, but with enough hot tracks to bury the few weak ones. "Lethal" is another story. Open your ears, loc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cube best album June 12, 2003
By james
Format:Audio CD
This is Ice Cube's best album, easily. While Chuck D and KRS 1 are undoubtedly great rappers with a political twist, I feel that Cube did them 1 better because he was a great MC. For all his anger and shouting, he knows how to ride a beat. What a shame NWA split up, and by that I mean Dr.Dre and Ice Cube, because the rest were not really that talented, though Eazy-E had the most Charisma. Cube is one of the smartest lyricist ever, and has you chuckling at some of his ramblings. The use of the word "cracka" is funny to me. In short, that brilliant group NWA, for a time anyway, and some of their associates like The DOC released some of the finest records, not just rap records, in history. Straight Outta Compton, No One Can Do It Better, then later on after they split, Amerikkas Most Wanted, The Predator and The Chronic. What a time.
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