Today was a good day. Tomorrow is a good day.
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Which day was Ice Cube's good day? #4:
Priority RecordsBack before Ice Cube was a fun-loving family-movie star, he was a fun-loving gangsta rapper. One of his hit songs was "It Was a Good Day," which featured him waking up and listing off all the things that made the day so great, like intercoursing a lady friend and not being kicked in the face by any cops.
While most fans assumed that Ice Cube just made up the "good day," this wasn't good enough for Tumblr user Donovan Strain. Strain analyzed the song's lyrics and broke down the clues that could help determine the exact date Cube was talking about, like a rap fan version of Tom Hanks' character in The Da Vinci Code.
Clue one was a lyric about an MTV show ("Went to Short Dog's house, they was watching Yo! MTV Raps"), which first aired August 6, 1988. "It Was a Good Day" was released on February 23, 1993, so that narrows down the date some.
Although with all the cocaine in the '80s and '90s, a "good day" might actually be several weeks.
The next clue is about basketball -- Cube says "The Lakers beat the Sonics," so Strain looked at the stats for the Los Angeles Lakers and listed all the times they beat the SuperSonics between 1988 and 1993, ending up with 12 dates. This was narrowed down to five dates by only taking into consideration the days where the sky was clear and there was no smog in Los Angeles, as seen in the video.
Days in which Ice Cube drove a ridiculous bouncing car: all of them.
Next is the lyric most likely to baffle young listeners: "Got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night." Cube mentions a beeper pager, which didn't become widely available until the '90s. That leaves us with two dates: January 18, 1991, and January 20, 1992. However, it turns out that Cube was busy shooting the movie Boyz n the Hood in early 1991, and presumably didn't have time to spend a whole day screwing around in his silly car.
Seriously, how did people keep a straight face back then?
So, in the words of Mr. Strain:
Time well spent!
There you have it. Of course, Ice Cube is a bajillionare by now, so they're probably all good days.