Ice Cube Wasn’t Always Like This

Proof that some of the best humanities research is taking place outside the cushy confines of academe: this simple tumblr post.

Poster Donovan Strain set out to figure out when, precisely, was the nominal good day in Ice Cube’s 1993 hit “It Was a Good Day.” He uses specific references in the song’s lyrics (e.g. “the Lakers beat the SuperSonics”) to work out that the song must be referencing January 20, 1992.

Now that’s how you do research.

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