Lethal Injection is Ice Cubes’ fourth studio album. The album was a commercial success like his three previous albums. 215,000 copies were sold in its first week. A number of producers contributed to the production of this album, including Madness For Real, LayLaw, QDIII, DMag, Sir Jinx, and Ice Cube.
In Lethal Injection, Ice Cube takes a refreshing approach to his normal rapping style. the overall sound in Lethal Injection is smooth compared to his earlier works. This is no surprise given how passionate he was about California’s decision regarding the death penalty involving lethal injection, the inspiration for the name of this project.
6. The Shot
The Shot is the opening intro to Lethal Injection. It is an interlude consisting of a short exchange between the medical staff and the patient. The patient is a fictional character called Mr. White. Mr. White is generally afraid of injections. We have reason to assume that Mr. White is a white man about to get a jab from his doctor, played by Ice Cube. The gripping sound of the shot, startling everyone who listened for the first time, is a gunshot.
5. You Know How We Do It
‘You Know How We Do it’ was the second single from ‘Lethal Injection‘. It is a west coast rap song of the G-Funk genre. After its release in 1994 by priority records, it became No. 30 on the HOT 100. Mariah Carey sampled it on her song, ‘Irresistible’.
The 1993 movie Surf Ninjas used (You Know How We Do It) as its soundtrack. It is similar to Ice Cubes career-defining song, ‘It was a Good Day ‘.
4. Really Doe
Ice Cube‘s “Really Doe” is the lead single from his fourth studio album, Lethal Injection (1993). The B-side of this song is “My Skin Is My Sin”, which appeared on his album Bootlegs & B-Sides (1994). ‘Really Doe’ samples both “You Gotta Believe It” by The Pointer Sisters and “Lick the Balls” by Slick Rick. Production credits go to Derrick McDowell and Lay Law. An official music video for ‘Really Doe’ has also been released. Cypress Hill rapper B-Real makes a cameo in the music video as a judge.
3. Ghetto Bird
Ghetto bird is AAVE for police helicopters that harass and/or stalk inner-city residents. The song derides the police for over surveilling the residential areas that they consider problematic, namely those with a considerable black population.
The hovering helicopters made inner-city residents feel like animals locked away in a zoo. This song captures the pulse of that degradation. Calling out such issues of the day made many rappers something like newscast anchors yesterday, and historians today.
2. Cave B****
This track starts with a lecture that has been attributed to the Nation of Islam’s Khalid Muhammad. It criticizes white women and their origins. It describes white women as having inferior body structures as compared to their black counterparts. It also addresses the controversial issues of interracial dating.
The song is a warning of sorts against interracial dating and marriage with white women. His lyrics fully suggest that it is not because he hates them, but because of the historical harm they have caused to black men from “white woman tears” to lynching. Black Wall Street in Oaklahoma, Lake Lanier, and Central Park New York are all examples of black communities terrorized and razed to the ground after false claims of sexual assault by white women. A punishment exacted by white men. In the song, it is suggested that people are trying to tempt him with white women to which he responds that he must remain true to himself. An honorable position back then that is arguably controversial today.
Lethal Injection quelled the impression that Ice Cube’s rapping skills were on a downward trend in 1993. this thought process was a direct result of his acting career taking off with movies like (Friday). ‘Lethal Injection’ is a comeback album.
1. Bop Gun (One Nation)
Ice Cube features George Clinton on this track. Several West Coast rappers sampled beats from George Clinton thus elongating the worthiness and respect due to his name and influence on younger generations. The ancestor of G-funk is funk itself. The song lyrics “one nation” are befitting of Ice Cubes’ overall political theme. In the United States of America’s pledge of allegiance, Americans pledge themselves to be, “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” the reference is befitting his lyrical commentary on socio-political matters including lethal injection itself.
Ice Cube was “woke” before it was a trendy movement to be so, even when it was inconvenient. ‘Bop Gun‘ was arguably the most commercial track Ice cube had ever done up until that point. The G-Funk sound on ‘Bop Gun’, spearheaded by Dr. Dre. In the 1990s This song which samples Funkadelics ‘One Nation Under a Groove’ was a staple on MTV.