It Was a Good Day is a song by American gangsta rapper Ice Cube. It was released in February 1993 as the second single from his third solo album, The Predator. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was also a hit in the UK Charts, peaking at number 27. It was ranked as the 81st-greatest rap song of all time by About.com and number 77 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. In 2008, it was ranked number 28 on VH1’s 100 greatest songs of hip hop. The song was featured on the Radio Los Santos radio station in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The sample used in the song is from the Isley Brothers’ track “Footsteps in the Dark”, which was also featured in another Rockstar Game, Grand Theft Auto IV, on The Vibe radio station.
Internet blogger Donovan Strain of the blog ‘Murk Avenue’ claims to have deduced the exact day Ice Cube had a ‘Good Day’ using clues within the lyrics of the song. Strain claims that, “The ONLY day where: Yo! MTV Raps was on air, it was a clear and smogless day in Los Angeles, beepers or pagers were commercially sold, Lakers beat the SuperSonics, and Ice Cube had no filming commitments was January 20, 1992.” Deadspin followed up with some fact checking corroborating the claim.
Questions remain about whether or not the Goodyear Blimp was actually in the air that day around Compton. According to Deadspin, “… one can see the Goodyear blimp—and perhaps its lights—from the 405, which runs through southern LA.” But if the blimp was not in the air, its lights were not likely to be on.