Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Alternate Theory Emerges About Ice Cube’s ‘Good Day,’ Actually More Likely To Be 1988
One of the greater mysteries of Generation X appeared to be solved late last week, when news emerged that the actual day of Ice Cube’s seminal rap “good day” was January 20th, 1992.
Compelling evidence emerged to support this day as the basis for “It Was a Good Day,” based off basketball schedules, the presence of Yo! MTV Raps and the availability of beepers, and it seemed that the question was answered for good. But wait! The internet has more, and it is highly likely that instead of occurring on January 20th, 1992, the actual “It Was a Good Day” day likely happened on November 30th, 1988.
Gawker quotes some additional supporting evidence for the 1988 theory that the 1992 theory lacked:
…the lyric in question goes: “I got a beep from Kim, and she can fuck all night,” which comes after the mention that he’d been trying to fuck her since the twelfth grade. Now, I can see Cube spitting those lines about a day that happened while the two were just dating – but after she was already his fiancee and the mother of his child? I just don’t think so. Certainly not about a day in January ‘91, when Kim was eight months pregnant!
The quote continues:
We know that in ‘88 and ‘89, Cube still lived at home with his mom – the lack of cash-flow he saw from NWA, forcing him to stay at home, was part of what lead to him leaving the group. But Cube got into an argument with Priority Records five days after his first son’s birth in Feb. ‘91 over his not getting paid an advance on his solo album – an advance with which he planned to get a house for himself, Kim, and their child. The argument lead to his smashing up the Priority offices with an aluminum baseball bat, which in return lead to his getting his advance. Thus, even if we assume a month or two before he actually cashed a check from the label, a couple months to get moving on a house hunt, a month or two of actual house-hunting, a month to close escrow, and a couple weeks to get settled in, we can also safely say that by Jan. 20, 1992, Ice Cube was no longer living with his mom, dropping Kim off somewhere after he’d fucked her.
A third theory also remains: that Cube was actually describing several days and using artistic license to craft the rap classic. What do you think- is the evidence convincing enough to declare November 30th, 1988 the good day to end all good days?