“It Was a Good Day” (originally known as “Today Was a Good Day”) is a hit song Ice Cube. It was released as the second single from his third solo album, The Predator. In 2008, it was ranked number 28 on VH1’s 100 greatest songs of Hip Hop.
Ice Cube originally recorded a demo of the track in his home studio and went on to record the album version in Los Angeles at Echo Sound Studios during 1992, and it was one of the first ideas for the album sessions. Ice Cube commented on the concept behind the song stating,
The inspiration was my life at the time … I was at the top of the rap game. It was the summer of ’92 and I was in a hotel room, really in a state of euphoria. I had all the money I had dreamed of. I was in a good frame of mind. And I remember thinking, ‘Okay, there’s been the riots, people know I will deal with that. That’s a given. But I rap all this gangsta stuff—what about all the good days I had?’
Ice Cube initially went into the studio with a sample of the Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark” and DJ Pooh enhanced the production with bass and vocals. The song has been re-released multiple times, including on Ice Cube’s Greatest Hits album. A remixed version, sampling “Let’s Do It Again” by The Staple Singers, appeared on his Bootlegs & B-Sides as well as The N.W.A Legacy, Vol. 1: 1988–1998.