Ice Cube Releases "Lethal Injection"
Lethal Injection is the fourth solo album by California-based rapper Ice Cube.
Similar to 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 the popular singles; "You Know How We Do It", and the Funkadelic-sampling "Bop Gun (One Nation)", which became a staple on MTV.
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 his previous albums. 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. Album cover photography and portraits of Ice Cube and his son were taken by photographer fine artist Daniel Arsenault.