Theories: Today Was a Good Day
In what I consider to be one of the greatest rap songs ever created, I have a few questions. Also, a theory about why these questions came about in the first place.
I truly believe that Ice Cube was on LSD during this "good day" he rapped about and never actually even left his house.
The song starts out with Cube acknowledging that the day feels odd right off the wake up. This could be where the drugs first kick in making him believe he had just woke up to begin with. He goes on to say, "no barking from the dog, no smog. and mama cooked a breakfast with no hog." First of all...he was probably too high to hear the dog, hallucinations caused him to see clear skies and imagine that the bacon on his plate was a fruit medley or something.
Next he randomly gets a call from the young lady he wanted to take down in high school. Facebook didn't exist back then, bro. No way she got his number out of nowhere and put it all on a silver platter as soon as he answered. He then says he wonders if he'll live another 24 (a day, 24hrs). This is the classic "damn my heart ain't beating" move you pull when you realize you're too high and start grabbing your chest. He shakes this off and proceeds to ask the homies where they would be playing basketball today because he's clearly feeling invincible.
Upon finding out where the pickup game was being held, he shows up ready to hoop in a flannel and khakis. Reminiscent of the old head that tells you how nice he was back in the day, Cube hits us with the "last week fucked around and got a triple double". No way you got a triple double in that gear playing 21, my G, not even if you were the only one out there. We've yet to get the "60 Minutes" interview with the defender(s) Cube posted that stat line on. Not even a "30 For 30" clip. Just saying.
Let's skip ahead to the ending, and one of the parts that raises more questions for me. He picks up the aforementioned young lady and has sex with her as promised. He'll have us believe that upon waking up after sex the very first words out of her mouth were "Ice Cube's the top gun". Who says that about anyone after anything? I'm almost positive that IF this is true, she was speaking in code through a wire getting him set up on some "the black falcon has landed" shit. After all of these boss playa activities he heads to Fat Burger and just so happens to look up at a Goodyear blimp that says "Ice Cube's a pimp". What are the odds that a blimp would just ride by and pay homage to you knowing you'd be out there to see it? And why would you want to be snitched on if it's true? I don't want a plane in the sky to have a banner saying I'm a drug dealer or something, I don't care how fire it looks.
As if all that wasn't enough, he ends it by saying "today I didn't even have to use my AK. I gotta say it was a good day." during those times? In THAT era? No way you weren't letting the K sing an entire album when you left your house. This further proves my theory about him never actually leaving home and being so high he imagined the day he wanted to have.
I can appreciate good lies in rap, and I'll even say that we need to hear them sometimes. They sound extremely fire, don't get me wrong, but this is definitely drug influenced storytelling at its finest.