When Was Ice-Cube's Good Day? (25th Anniversary)

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Ice-Cube's career highlights so far, namely the release of his feel-good single ''It Was A Good Day'' on February 23, 1993. Although the song is fictional many fans have enjoyed the theory behind when this day actually happened. 

 A beautiful sunset over a rare smog-free Los Angeles

A beautiful sunset over a rare smog-free Los Angeles

After doing research on days with a number of factors such as when the L.A. Skies were clear and smog-free, beepers/pagers where sold commercially, the Lakers beat the Supersonics, Yo! MTV Raps was on-air and Ice-Cube had no other known commitments the day was found to be January 20, 1993. 

 ''I got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night''

''I got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night''

However, hardcore fans who know about Ice-Cube's personal life found errors regarding this date due to the following lyric, ''I got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night''. As his fans know, Ice-Cube was engaged to said ''Kim'' (his wife today) who at the time was eight-months pregnant. So it's unlikely that she was interested in making love all night on that particular day!

But that fact didn't deter fans from finding the true date of the song and they kept digging and eventually settled on the date of November 30, 1988. However Ice-Cube confirmed that the story of his good day was purely fictional, “It’s a fictional song,” Cube explained, “It’s basically my interpretation of what a great day would be. Do you know what I’m saying? So, you know, it’s a little of this and a little of that. I don’t think you can pinpoint the day.''

 The cassette tape version cover of ''It Was A Good Day''

The cassette tape version cover of ''It Was A Good Day''

Here's a quote from Cube where he shares a more detailed back-story behind ''It Was A Good Day'', ''The inspiration was my life at the time ... I was at the top of the rap game. It was the summer of ’92 and I was in a hotel room, really in a state of euphoria. I had all the money I had dreamed of. I was in a good frame of mind. And I remember thinking, ‘Okay, there’s been the riots, people know I will deal with that. That’s a given. But I rap all this gangsta stuff—what about all the good days I had?''

 The logo for the fictional Radio Los Santos from  GTA: San Andreas

The logo for the fictional Radio Los Santos from GTA: San Andreas

When it was released (February 23, 1993) it climbed to #7 on the Billboard charts and today it's considered to be one of the greatest rap/hip-hop songs of all-time. Many fans (specifically of younger ones) will know the song from the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) where it was played on the fictional radio station, Radio Los Santos, hosted by real-life DJ's Julio G & Big Boy.

Alexander Ramalho