The Predator

Priority Records
Release date
11 Mar 2003
Running length
20 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The First Day Of School (Intro) 1:19 12,701
2 When Will They Shoot? 4:36 22,228
3 I'm Scared (Insert) 1:32 14,831
4 Wicked 3:55 58,916
5 Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha 4:03 26,297
6 The Predator 4:03 33,651
7 It Was A Good Day 4:20 685,274
8 We Had To Tear This Mothafucka Up 4:24 16,238
9 Fuck Em (Insert) 2:02 1,268
10 Dirty Mack 4:34 25,974
11 Don't Trust 'Em 4:06 23,149
12 Gangsta's Fairytale 2 3:19 15,353
13 Check Yo Self 3:42 125,258
14 Who Got The Camera? 4:37 11,967
15 Integration (Insert) 2:31 12,241
16 Say Hi To The Bad Guy 3:22 24,600
17 Check Yo Self ('The Message' Remix) 3:54 2,476
18 It Was A Good Day (Remix) 4:28 14,030
19 24 Wit An L 3:25 5,935
20 U Ain't Gonna Take My Life 4:09 6,597

About this album

The Predator is the third studio album by Ice Cube. Released within months of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, many songs comment on the racial tensions. The title is in part reference to the movie Predator 2, and the album itself includes samples from the film. Though not his most critically successful album, commercially The Predator is Ice Cube’s most successful album, reaching double platinum status in the United States, and it contains his most well-known single, “It Was a Good Day.” The Predator is his only number one album on the Billboard 200 to date, selling 193,000 copies in its first week. It has sold 2,210,283 to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. In the opening song, “When Will They Shoot,” Ice Cube addressed criticisms of anti-Semitism he received for his last effort, Death Certificate: Elsewhere “We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up” is directed at the LA Police officers acquitted in the Rodney King trial; an event that ignited the 1992 LA Riots. The similarly themed “Who Got the Camera?” imagines a scenario in which a Black man is subjected to police brutality. The songs are broken up by interludes involving interviews with Ice Cube and what appears to be a debate between members of a congregation or talk-show audience

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  • theMoreisee

    We Had To Tear This Mothafucka Up

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Steambull

    For me, Hip Hop started right here. This was the album I got when I decided to try to get into Hip Hop. And I sure did.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Ololoec

    Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day - spirit of the 90's

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Pam-param-pam

    Classic. Just classic.[2]

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • RaiqueThrasher

    Classic. Just classic.

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • jussi_m

    His best along with Death Certificate

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • redstarcomputer


    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    I found this to be a step back from Death Certificate, Death Certificate sounds so much more mature and better produced than this.

    14 Sep 2010 Reply
  • dizzY4111

    Crazy underrated

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ironmatts


    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dj-clap

    under the 10 best albums of the 90´s...

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • voodoodrew

    When Will They Shoot is the true monster on here.

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • kocior

    Excellent album showing the American nation that Cube's lyrics from his two previous albums weren't just senseless n***a stories. After April 1992 everybody realized that they, as Cube himself had warned, were prophecies indeed.

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • FlacTheRipper

    'lookin in my mirror not a jacker in sight'

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Alphavillain

    Angry, vital, topical, and the best Ice Cube album, "Predator" is maybe the angriest album ever made. How did Cube go from this to "Are We There Yet"?

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • kaiserzeitgeist

    What's up for this clueless bullshit? Tagging only the re-release? For your information this record did NOT come out in 2003. SET IT UP.

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • KirillCoda

    whats that song called that goes like 'its the same in every hood'

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    Best Cube album. And I don't say that only because of "It Was A Good Day" and "Check Yo Self".

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mikk_yo

    classic 4 real

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Liarsenicx


    17 Oct 2008 Reply
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