Released in March 1993, this was the second single from Ice Cube's 1992 album The Predator. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and at number 27 on the UK charts. It was ranked as the 81st greatest rap song of all time by About.com and number 77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. In 2008, it was ranked number 28 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of hip hop. The song was also featured on a radio station in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
Ice Cube originally recorded a demo of the track in his home studio and went on to record the album version in Los Angeles at Echo Sound Studios during 1992, and it was one of the first ideas for the album sessions.
Ice Cube commented on the concept behind the song stating, "The inspiration was my life at the time … I was at the top of the rap game. It was the summer of ’92 and I was in a hotel room, really in a state of euphoria. I had all the money I had dreamed of. I was in a good frame of mind. And I remember thinking, ‘Okay, there’s been the riots, people know I will deal with that. That’s a given. But I rap all this gangsta stuff — what about all the good days I had?"
The song samples The Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark ", and DJ Pooh enhanced the production with bass and vocals. The song has been re-released multiple times, including on Ice Cube's Greatest Hits album. A remixed version, sampling "Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers, appeared on his Bootlegs & B-Sides as well as The N.W.A. Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988-1999.
In the song, Ice Cube reflects on the events of January 20, 1992 and how these events affected his life at the time.
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