Lethal Injection (album)

Lethal Injection is the fourth studio album by California-based rapper Ice Cube. Similar to the rapper's previous albums, it was a commercial hit, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 with 215,000 copies sold in its first week.[9] However, it was heavily criticized for what many saw as Cube's pandering to gangsta rap, its anti-police and misogynist lyrics and the toning down of the socio-political content found on his earlier efforts. The album's 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.

Lethal Injection
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 7, 1993
StudioEcho Sound
Skip Saylor Recordings
Westlake Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Ice Cube chronology
The Predator
Lethal Injection
War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)
Singles from Lethal Injection
  1. "Really Doe"
    Released: October 12, 1993
  2. "You Know How We Do It"
    Released: February 2, 1994
  3. "Bop Gun (One Nation)"
    Released: July 12, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(dud)[5]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
The Source3.5/5 stars[8]

Track listingEdit

1."The Shot (Intro)"Sir Jinx0:55
2."Really Doe"Derrick McDowell, Laylaw4:28
3."Ghetto Bird"QDIII3:50
4."You Know How We Do It"QDIII3:52
5."Cave Bitch"Brian G4:18
6."Bop Gun (One Nation)" (featuring George Clinton)Ice Cube, QDIII11:17
7."What Can I Do?"88 X Unit4:39
8."Lil Ass Gee"Sir Jinx4:04
9."Make It Ruff, Make It Smooth" (featuring K-Dee)QDIII4:23
10."Down For Whatever"Madness 4 Real4:40
11."Enemy"Madness 4 Real4:50
12."When I Get to Heaven"Brian G5:04

Album singlesEdit

"Really Doe"

  • Released: 1993
  • B-side: "My Skin Is My Sin"

"You Know How We Do It"

  • Released: February 1994
  • B-side: "2 'N The Morning"

"Bop Gun (One Nation)"

  • Released: August 1994
  • B-side: "Down For Whatever"


Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
UK Albums Chart 52
US Billboard 200 5
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1994) Position
US Billboard 200 43
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 7

Singles chart positionsEdit

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1993 "Really Doe" 54 30 3
1994 "You Know How We Do It" 30 21 5
1994 "Bop Gun (One Nation)" 23 37 6


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles review
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on March 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-22.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, p. 281, at Google Books
  8. ^ The Source review
  9. ^ Billboard 5 dec. 1998, p. RA1-PA128, at Google Books
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Ice Cube – Lethal Injection". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.