Calling THE PREDATOR Cube's third best can hardly be seen as a compliment; yes, the sharp lyrics are still there, and the production is still as aggressive and chaotic and funky, but it pales in comparison to the lyrical and sonic assault of AMERIKKA'S MOST WANTED and the thematically sound DEATH CERTIFICATE. Also, Cube's wit, perhaps drowned by his anger, is gone here; and says hardly anything new here--racist cops (e.g. "Who's Got the Camera", "Say Hi to the Bad Guy", "We Had to Tear This Mutha***** Up") white supremacy, racial oppression, the usual. What's new, however, is the theme that the album is built around in. It was 1992, at the time of the L.A. riots, and Cube sounds off charactistically about the outcome of the trials of the four officers accused of beating up motorist Rodney King (in "We have To Teal This Mutha***** Up") and providing inserts about reactions from various people, thus providing valuable insight into what everyday people thought about race and the horrible incident. Cube also displays his storytelling skills in cautionary tales ("Don't Trust 'Em" and "Gangsta's Fairytale 2"). Also check out the superb "Wicked" and some of that Das-EFX flavor in "Check Yo Self". By the end of the album, where a cop is viciously shot and the words "What kind of a cop killer are you?" echo again and again as it fades away, one can't help but think that THE PREDATOR's theme was centered around racist cops, as an arm of white supremacy and oppression in America, and that this recording, despite its third-rate status next to Cube's two previous recordings, was indeed a valiant effort. Sadly, it would be his last great one, as he would eventually drift away from the socio-political edge that defined him as one of rap's captivating and engaging performers.