Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Throwback Thursday: Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day (1992)

"Just waking up in the morning, gotta thank God/ I don't know, but today seems kinda odd..."
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to commemorate the song that described the perfect day?

I like this song. It's real mellow and smooth; it kinda reminds me of a calm Saturday afternoon, one of those days where you just sit back, chill, bump some music and be lazy. The Isley Brothers sample really does the trick here.

I know it's a holiday, so I won't exasperate you all with the usual history lesson that I tend to give on Throwback Thursdays. However, there is something that must get mentioned.

When you think of old-school Ice Cube, you're reminded of records like this, and more specifically, his AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted album, which solidified his spot in hip-hop history. As if being a part of the first commercially publicized gangsta rap group wasn't enough, he completely turned the tables with his debut solo album by laying down effective, politically-charged lyrics about the struggles of being black in America.

When you look at Ice Cube today, you almost forget about that guy. Nowadays, he's popularized himself as the B-list actor who makes movies like Are We There Yet? So please, somebody explain to me, how can anyone ever possibly go from this to this?? I'll never understand.

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