Ice Cube - The Predator - Review
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The Predator was released on November 17, 1992. It went straight to the top of the US Billboard chart and would sell over 3 million copies worldwide. For me, despite my continued issues with key aspects, The Predator is one of the finest rap albums of all time. Great art should define a certain period or a particular mood - The Predator brutally outlined the post-riot landscape of Los Angeles. At the time, Lollapalooza tour buddy Perry Farrell would call Cube “the black Bob Dylan.” Twenty years on, it’s hard not to contrast The Predator with the UK’s musical output post our 2011 riots. Instead of anything as bold as Ice Cube’s flawed masterpiece, we got a lecture on hoodies’ rights from Plan B on his Ill Manors album. I know which I prefer. In 2012, Ice Cube’s best solo album remains an essential listen. Back in 1992 it made me think – long and hard. It still does.

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