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Shit… all that time and effort spent correcting the date of Ice Cube’s Good Day, and I made a basic mistake, too — Nov. 30, 1988 was actually a Wednesday, not a Friday. What can I say? Mea culpa… I think I was looking at the 1989 calendar while checking April 4, and then accidentally clicked forward instead of back. I guess that’s what I get for putting in all of that time and effort between the hours of 2am-5am!
However, if there are actually any correlations between Fatburger schedules today and what they were 20 years ago, there are Fatburgers in L.A. (more mid-city, not South Central), Hollywood, and the Valley that are open until 3-4am,even on weeknights. They’d be a bit out of the way for Cube to drive, drunk and high, for a burger… but not outside the realm of possibility, I guess.
Therefore, I stand by November 30th, 1988 as the correct day for Ice Cube’s Good Day! The ‘88/’89 dates definitely aren’t ruled out by the pager issue — hell, I even forgot to account for the fact that in N.W.A.’s 1988 “Fuck the Police,” Cube himself even rapped: “Fuckin with me ‘cause I’m a teenager / With a little bit of gold and a pager” — so you certainly can’t say it was too early for him to have one! But the timeline of Cube’s & Kim’s family life rule out the ‘91/’92 dates, so we’re still left to decide between Nov. 30, 1988 and April 4, 1989.
The original edition of “Straight Outta Compton” was released on August 8th, 1988, so Cube would’ve been long done with the recording by November 30th, when it was in the 30-40 range of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums. However, the album didn’t break onto the Billboard Top LP charts until into 1989. So November 30th falls until a bit of a lull period between when the album was done and when it truly exploded into the national consciousness; by April 4, 1989, Cube would have likely been too busy to enjoy such an uneventful day. Also by that time, the discrepancy in the financial situation of increasing album sales not correlating to an increase in his personal income would likely have started becoming apparent to Cube — the issue which would lead to his leaving N.W.A. later that same year — making it more unlikely would Cube could or would enjoy such a relaxed day in the Spring of 1989 as tensions began to brew.
No, November 30th, 1988 is the perfect time for such a good day to have occurred — a time when he had a rising album and knew he was on his way to stardom, but before he began to suffer the problems inherent with said stardom.
(And one final point: yes, I realize that it was all just a daydream, that the song’s not a true story and there never was any single “perfect day” as described… but c’mon, where’s the fun with that? It’s much more amusing to conveniently forget that fact and play this game of “what if?” now, isn’t it? ;-) )