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The First Day Of School
When Will They Shoot?
I'm Scared (Insert)
Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha
It Was A Good Day
We Had To Tear This
____ Em (Insert)
Don't Trust 'Em
Gangsta's Fairytales 2
Check Yo Self
Who Got The Camera
Say Hi To The Bad Guy
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Ice Cube's The Predator became the first rap album to debut at
#1 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. Full of hardcore rap and
lyric controversy, Ice Cube takes a look at the race of blacks vs. whites,
as six months later after the album was at the top, four Los Angeles police
officers were acquitted in the Rodney King beating.
Since most music fans may not consider Rap music as their main favorite,
Ice Cube's The Predator points to the "fans" of hardcore rap, who really
enjoy this kind of music. There are many hardcore rap edged songs here, such
as "When Will They Shoot," "We Had To Tear This _____ Up," "Don't Trust
'Em" and not sure if the music of Parliament was used on another hardcore
rap song, "Dirty Mack."
There are skits of racism here -- "The First Day Of School,"
"I'm Scared," and ""Integration." Views on race was an issue
from Ice Cube's previous album, Death Certificate, as the title track
looks at his views on race riots and an editorial written by Billboard
Magazine, where they denounced two songs from his previous album, likewise
"____ Em" also concerns the Death Certificate release.
"Wicked" created a buzz on the singles chart, as novelty seems to
set the stages for songs such as "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha" and "Gangsta's
Fairytale 2." Focusing on the music, "It Was A Good Day" sets the
pace for some soulful rap, the return of the typical hardcore rap returns with
"Who Got The Camera". But "Check Yo Self" is one of the least
songs to stomach. The last track, "Say Hi To The Bad Guy" has some
soulful touches, yet it mixes with the hardcore rap.
The Predator is not for everyone. Yet, it became one of many albums
to reach the #1 position in the year 1992. Rap albums such as these may not
appeal to everyone, yet it is interesting to hear how such a Rap album reaches
the top of the album chart, and wonder how it can compare to the many #1 albums
before and after. Ice Cube's The Predator may not rank up to the
classics, but it did make history reaching number one, and becoming the first
Rap album to debut at the peak position.
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