“It Was a Good Day” – Ice Cube
Ice Cube is, without a doubt, one of the biggest talents that hip-hop has ever known. He is easily responsible for the development of Gangsta Rap along with Dr. Dre and Easy-E, and has show his talent for decades by releasing many successful albums spanning over 20 years.
O’Shea Jackson (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director. Jackson developed an interest in hip-hop in his early teens, and began writing raps in his music classes. With his friend Sir Jinx, Ice Cube formed the C.I.A., and they performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. Young Ice Cube met Dr. Dre in 1984, who was 19 at the time. Dre soon entered the recording industry; working on records with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Dre saw Cube’s potential as a writer and had him assist with writing Wreckin Cru’s big L.A. hit track, “Cabbage Patch” as well as joining Cube on a side partnership which the duo called Stereo Crew.
However a talent such as Ice Cubes could not go unnoticed, and soon after his success with Stereo Crew Ice Cube was a full-time member of N.W.A along with Dr. Dre, and MC Ren. Ice Cube wrote Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s rhymes for the group’s landmark album, Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988. However, as 1990 approached, Ice Cube found himself at odds with the group’s manager, Jerry Heller, after rejecting Heller’s proposed contract terms.
Since Ice Cube wrote the lyrics to approximately half of both Straight Outta Compton, and Eazy-E’s solo album, Eazy-Duz-It, he was advised of the amounts he was truly owed by Heller, and took legal action soon after leaving the group and the label. In response, the remaining N.W.A members attacked him on the EP 100 Miles and Runnin’ and on their next and final album, Niggaz4Life.
However N.W.A. has had an enormous influence on the genre, and on the world. Ice Cube has been top ten on many best MC’s of all time, and Snoop Dogg himself called Ice Cube the best MC ever. He’s also been named one of the best storytellers in hip-hop, and “It Was a Good Day” shows those talents. “It Was a Good Day” is one of my personal favorites because it gives us a glimpse into what Ice Cubes perfect day would be. The dog isn’t barking when he gets up, he kicks a bunch of ass on the basketball courts, gets laid, and didn’t even have to use his A.K.! I got to say, today was a good day.