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"The Predator" dropped in 1992 as a highly-significant release from the former N.W.A. member Ice Cube, who in between the time when he came with a second album and this one, had starred in the classic South Central-based 'Boyz N The Hood' film, and so with even more support, he brought this album, which contains two of his most well-known cuts and tunes which are known as West Coast anthems. It came at a time which was hugely significant for the area with the Watts Riots still in the air, and everyone wanting to put across their own opinions on it.
1. "The First Day Of School" (Intro)
2. "When Will They Shoot?"
Cube jumps right into things in powerful way as you see that in this one he rages through with highly0cluttered production which he personally composed. I feel that if anyone else had produced it, it wouldn't have felt right, but really he makes it perfect here as he runs through and addresses all the biggest problems he has.
3. "I'm Scared" (Lude)
This one dropped as the first single from the album, and I found it as a killer tune form him as you see that gets on top of some Public Enemy samples and delivers some intense rhymes which take you by surprise and take you over as you see his in-your-face approach coming through. It is a banger and really does its job.
5. "Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha"
Here you have one which brings forward the extreme side of his Gangsta Rap material here as he comes with something which is perfectly on-trend for the time as he gets into one where he shows just what he is abut and how he hopes to do the things he claims in his rhymes. It is a banger and one which props up the album well.
6. "The Predator"
The titular track here is one which has him getting down to a heavy Gangsta Rap tune where he is able to pound away with his rhymes as you see that he gets on top of some hardcore rhymes. The rhymes are fuelled by his annoyance at the problems concerning the segregation which still persists as he gets down to it.
7. "It Was A Good Day"
This is just a straight killer of a track from him as you see that here he gets down to a really calmly-paced joint, in which he is able to finally take the time to relax as for once in his life he has woken without any hassle going on whatsoever. It is a massive joint and really makes the album what it is as he shows how little is needed to have a 'good day' in South Central LA.
8. "We Had To Tear This M*********a Up"
With this one you have the rapper coming with a new delivery style which is quite clearly influenced by the style that the beats have been done and so it forces him to bark out the rhymes as he gets down to rhymes which have him getting back to the sort of stuff which made N.W.A's breakthrough so significant.
9. "F**k 'Em" (Lude)
10. "Dirty Mack"
This one really takes you back in time as you see that with this one Ice Cube rides a variety of seventies Parliament grooves. It is a funky joint and I felt that it was constructed well as you find that it is themed and it makes for a well-rounded tune to show that there's more than the typical Gangsta Rap in his music.
11. "Don't Trust 'Em"
With this on you find that the sort of content which was found on the tune prior to this is brought up once more for this one as he gets down to one where the attention stays with the girls and he is able to come with rhymes which have him choosing to express just why he doesn't give girls any respect if he doesn't know them.
12. "Gangsta's Fairytale, Pt. 2"
As he jumps on top of the "Impeach the President" break, you find that in this one Cube is seen to make a sequel to a track which was found on the album prior to this one as he raps out one where he uses lots of nursery rhyme characters and places them in the situations you would typically find in South Central LA. It is a banger and shows the standard of his storytelling.
13. "Check Yo Self"
This was one of the biggest tracks from the album and one which really stands out as a result as you see that he powers through with a hardcore Gangsta Rap display as he collaborate with Das EFX. It is important to point out that this isn't the even better version which has a sample of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "The Message", but this one still does big things.
14. "Who Got The Camera?"
Sir Jinx is behind the beats here and you see that in it he chooses that some classic P-Funk from Funkadelic is perfect for this one, and I appears to be the case as it gives it a laid-back feel as you see that just as with "It Was A Good Day", this one has him rhyming out a story, but in this case he themes it around the Rodney King beating and puts himself in that situation.
15. "Integration" (Lude)
16. "Say Hi To The Bad Guy"
The final track on the album is one which has the rapper getting into one where he powers through once more with even more of the in-your-face rhymes which force you to take attention as he bursts back on the scene and let's you know what his opinions are. It is broken up with a little from Sly Stone and I felt that it made for a well-rounded ender which represents the release for everything it presented.
If you enjoyed the two albums which came prior to this, then you are bund to enjoy this third Ice Cube offering too. The beats and rhymes work together perfectly, and in spite of the fact he doesn't really take on much of the popular G-Funk style, it still doesn't its job at sounding of-the-time for West Coast Rap.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The First Day of School
2 When Will They SHoot?
3 I',m Scared (Insert)
5 Now I Gotta Wet'cha
6 The Predator
7 It Was A Good Day
8 We Had To Tear This Up
9 *** 'Em
10 Dirty Mack
11 Don't Trust Em
12 Gangsta's Fairy Tale 2
13 Check Yo Self
14 Who Got The Camera
16 Say Hi to the Bad Guy
17 Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)
18 It Was A Good Day (Remic)
19 24 With A L
20 U Ain't Gonna Take My Life