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The Predator Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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The Predator by Ice Cube from Priority Records extra tracks

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The First Day Of School (Intro)
  2. When Will They Shoot?
  3. I'm Scared (Insert)
  4. Wicked
  5. Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha
  6. The Predator
  7. It Was A Good Day
  8. We Had To Tear This ____ Up
  9. ____ 'Em (Insert)
  10. Dirty Mack
  11. Don't Trust 'Em
  12. Gangsta's Fairytale 2
  13. Check Yo Self
  14. Who Got The Camera?
  15. Integration (Insert)
  16. Say Hi To The Bad Guy
  17. Check Yo Self ('The Message' Remix)
  18. It Was A Good Day (Remix)
  19. 24 Wit An L
  20. U Ain't Gonna Take My Life


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Frontline Catalog
  • ASIN: B00008GQEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Westley VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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This CD was the best CD that Ice Cube EVER put together! This CD came out after the riots in LA due to the cops that got off after beating Rodney King to hamburger. Ice Cube's "The Predator" seemed to be an ode to that incident! It had so many head-bopping, club-banging songs on it that it isn't funny! Outside of his "Amerikkka's Most Wanted", this CD had to be one of his best......hands down!!
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this was my 1st rap cd (or one of anyway) that brought me to the rap game and ill never forget it! i wore out the first cd i bought and had to buy another! you cant find cube better than this, this is the one, each track hits as hard and real that you will feel fo sho!
but now here we are with the vinyl version which you probley will not find at least not for less than fifty bucks, i paid forty for this sealed vinyl copy and after hearing the vinyl advantages i would have paid up to one hundred. the low end is so solid and perfect, the highs are smooth and not all digital sounding.
if you can find this on vinyl dont think twice. its amazing rare experiance.
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By A Customer on January 5, 2003
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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Have you ever had that day when you realize your boss in an incompetent hack and you just want to check him in the hallway when he passes by? I don't condone this lifestyle by any means but keeping it gangster in your mp3 player is the way to go.

Just buy this.
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