Today in Hip Hop History: The Predator

Today in Hip Hop History: The Predator
The Predator (1992)

Today in Hip Hop History: November 17, 1992

Ice Cube released his third studio album, The Predator, through Priority Records and EMI Records in 1992. The album was released after the infamous L.A. riots and contained several references to racial tensions and sociopolitical problems that were (and still are) prevalent at the time.

The album contained production from DJ Pooh, Sir Jinx, DJ Muggs and Torcha Chamba. It featured outside vocals from artists Don Jagwarr, Das EFX and Lil Russ.

The Predator contains a few of Cube’s most famous songs, most notably “Check Yo Self” and “It Was a Good Day,” both of which landed on several various charts.

The Predator became 2x RIAA Certified Platinum for moving over 2 million copies, making it Cube’s most commercially successful album to date. It peaked at #24 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #8 on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.


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