IT WAS ON THIS DATE NOVEMBER, 17 1992 ICE RELEASED HIS THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE PREDATOR

The Predator is the third studio album by American rapper Ice Cube. It was released on November 17, 1992 through Lench Mob Records and Priority Records. The album was released just within months of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; many songs comment on racial tensions in the United States. The production on the album was primarily handled by DJ Pooh, Sir Jinx, Torcha Chamba and DJ Muggs. The title is in part reference to the movie Predator 2, and the album itself includes samples from the film.The Predator was supported by three singles: “It Was a Good Day”, “Check Yo Self” and “Wicked”. The album received generally positive reviews from critics and was also a commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 193,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 2001

The Predator was supported by three singles: “It Was a Good Day”, “Check Yo Self” and “Wicked”. The album received generally positive reviews from critics and was also a commercial success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 193,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 2001.

The album spawned three hit singles: “It Was a Good Day,” which was a hit in March 1993; “Check Yo Self”; and “Wicked” (which was later covered by alternative metal band Korn). Both the album and single version of “Check Yo Self” include an appearance from Das EFX, with the latter’s single featuring a remix utilizing a sample of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”. The song also received continuous radio and MTV play

Although not as lauded as his previous efforts, The Predator was well received. Entertainment Weekly called it “Ice Cube’s strongest, most cohesive work yet”.[7] Spin called it a record that “demands to be heard” (1/93, p. 61).[14] Q included it in its “90 Best Albums of the 1990s” (12/99, p. 74).[14]

The Predator debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 193,000 copies in its first week.[2] This became Ice Cube’s first US number one debut.[2] On November 16, 2001, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over two million copies.[3] As of January 2003, the album has sold 2.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In a 2014 interview with rapper and producer Q-Tip, actor Leonardo DiCaprio expresses his admiration for The Predator. He stated that the album was the “magnum opus of Ice Cube’s solo career” and it was a “voice for the angry and unheard during the 90s”.

In the comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, 11-year old Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) tries to impress his neighbor and babysitter Nichole (Luna Blaise) with a copy of The Predator featuring a huge Parental Advisory label. She decides to keep his copy after listening to it babysitting him and they end up bonding over it.

The song “It Was a Good Day” made an appearance in the video game The Last of Us Part II.

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