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“It Was a Good Day” is an image macro series featuring a screen capture of the rapper Ice Cube driving a car accompanied by captions recalling positive events that conclude with “it was a good day.”
The American rapper Ice Cube released the song “It Was a Good Day” on February 23rd, 1993, as a single for his album The Predator. The following month, a music video for the song directed by F. Gary Gray was released, which featured Ice Cube depicting various events from the song’s lyrics (shown below).
On October 8th, 2009, the “Good Day Ice Cube” Meme Generator page was created, which featured image macros based on a screen capture taken from the music video (shown below).
On October 5th, 2012, Redditor trimhunter submitted a post titled “It WAS a good day” to the /r/AdviceAnimalssubreddit, featuring an image macro using a new screen capture from the Ice Cube music video with a commentary on Emma Watson’s open mindset towards nude scenes. (shown below, left). Within one month, the post received over 8,550 up votes and 245 comments. Two days later, Redditor Finsty submitted an image macro to /r/AdviceAnimals with a caption referencing the adult website Pornhub’s donations to charity (shown below, right).
Several Quickmeme pages for the meme have been created as of November 2012, including “ice cube good day” with 59 submissions, “It Was a Good Day” with 86 submissions, “Today was a good day” with 96 submissions, “today was a good day” with 198 submissions and “It was a good day” with 330 submissions.
On January 26th, 2012, the creator of the Murk Avenue Tumblr blog Donovan Strain published a post in which he claimed to have deduced the exact date described in the Ice Cube song as January 20th, 1992. To narrow down the date, Donovan eliminated any day in which the show Yo! MTV Raps was not on the air, it was cloudy or smoggy, beepers were not sold commercially, the Lakers did not beat the SuperSonics and Ice Cube had an event to attend. Within 10 months, the post received over 15,376 notes.