100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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36. Ice Cube, "It Was a Good Day"

Ice Cube's biggest hit is a ghetto pastorale, forsaking violence to revel in good vibes and a plush Isley Brothers sample. "I rap all this gangsta stuff," he later said. "What about all the good days I had?" Cube eats a fine breakfast, smokes his homeys on the basketball court and smokes some chronic with a girl. He even looks up to see "the lights of the Goodyear blimp/And it read, 'Ice Cube's a pimp.'" Recently, the Internet went nuts trying to nail down the actual date of Cube's good day – but it's obviously a fairy tale, with its own happily-ever-after ending. As Cube said himself, "It's a fictional song."

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