Lethal Injection is a 1993 and the 4th solo album by California-based rapper Ice Cube. Like the rapper's previous albums, it was a commercial hit, however it was heavily criticized for what many saw as Cube's pandering to gangsta rap, and toning down of the socio-political content found on his earlier efforts. The albums standing has increased over time. It includes two of Cube's most popular singles; the "You Know How We Do It", and the Funkadelic-sampling "Bop Gun (One Nation)", which became a staple on MTV.
Lethal Injection contains the scathing "Cave Bitch", on which Cube chastises white women who pursue successful black men as a trophy. On "Lil' Ass Gee" he tells the tale of an adolescent who follows his older brother into a life of petty crime and little hope. "When I Get to Heaven" is one of Ice Cube's most cotroversial songs. On the song expresses his own opinion of religions and race. In one of his most introspective moments on record, he raps:
With its use of whiney synthesizers, crispier drums, and deeper bass, the album leans more towards the G-Funk sound, than the dense, rugged soundscapes of The Predator. This conscious decision to head towards a more glossier sound was no doubt due to the impact of The Chronic, and Doggystyle, both produced by Cube's former bandmate, Dr. Dre. Lethal Injection saw four singles in total, including the George Clinton collaboration "Bop Gun", which reached #22 in the UK Charts and #23 in the Billboards.
In 1999, the track "Down for Whatever" was prominently used in an important scene in the movie Office Space.
You Know How We Do It
Bop Gun (One Nation)
Lil' Ass Gee
When I Get to Heaven
''"Bop Gun (One Nation)"'
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
|Billboard Hot 100||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||Hot Rap Singles|
|1994||"You Know How We Do It"||#30||#21||#5|
|1994||"Bop Gun (One Nation)"||#23||#37||#6|