On New Year’s Day 1992, Ice Cube, initially gangsta rapper released his most successful solo album, The Predator. 30 years later, we are still talking about it.
Violence under the Tempo
Released a few months after the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this album is aligned with the same theme that has always prevailed in his music since his solo debut: the power of blacks against all forms of oppression.
The Predator is a bit more subdued than the previous two albums, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and Death Certificate, which according to their titles further emphasize the militant spirit of Ice Cube as an artist. The mood for The Predator was defined by the era of violence in Los Angeles, California. Each song contains an element of the type of violence that prevailed in the neighborhood between and against blacks, incorporated by interludes or references. Even the most peaceful pieces have an air of criminal paranoia in it.
The Predator is a masterpiece and sales prove it
Although the album is very graphic, it still received an excellent reception from the public. He braved the obvious disadvantage of Billboard’s reaction to the album’s title track, to debut at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 193,000 copies sold in week one. It was certified double platinum and with the success of the movie Straight Outta Compton , there is no reason the sales numbers should not increase over the next few months.
This album also features two number one rap singles , It Was a Good Day and Check Yo Self. It Was a Good Day is Ice Cube’s most successful single to date. The title reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 and sold 600,000 copies. Check Yo Self was also successful, selling 500,000 copies and peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Thanks to the success of this album, Ice Cube became an entertainment mogul directing, writing and producing blockbuster films, appearing on television and releasing six other studio albums which all performed very well in terms of sales. , all appearing in the Billboard 200.