Wingfoot One, the latest of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s family of blimps, was unveiled in 2014. Based in Pompano Beach,
Florida, Wingfoot One is the first semi-rigid airship
ever operated by the company, and one of the first new Zeppelin
airships in the United States in decades.
The airship has an internal structure of high strength, lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, and all the ship’s major components are attached to it. Traditional blimps do not have structures supporting the gaseous envelop inside the structure.
At more than 246 feet long and 57
feet high, the airship can carry up to 14 passengers, and has a top
speed of 75 miles per hour. By comparison, Goodyear’s other two older
airships had a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour and were 190 feet
in length. Three engines power the ship, including a smaller fourth
at the rear of the vessel for steering.
The world of gangsta rap mostly is about negative statements
about shootings, gangs, and on-going police brutality. “It Was A Good Day” instead becomes a day
in the life of Ice Cube, consisting of nothing but victories and no losses. No
shots fired, no gang-related deaths, no pull-overs, no conflict. The victories
occurring on Cube’s good day were plenty, ranging from the literal (winning
dice rolls, triple-doubles, dominoes, “the
Lakers beat the Supersonics”) to the personal (“pulled out the jammy and killed the punani” and
eating Fatburger). Yes, at a time when life is so dangerous in South Central
Los Angeles where gang warfare and death rates are very high, Cube’s hit single
brings an unusual run of personal positivity
that’s too good to be true
in a world of real-life violence: “It Was A Good Day” ends with Ice Cube
snapping out of it before heading over to the next track on The Predator (1992).
“It Was A Good Day” was created during a hotel stay at
the time when Ice Cube reached the top of the game and thought of a way to
bring some light to his theme of gangsta rap. With the Isley Brother’s “Footsteps
In The Dark” (1971) sample used continuously, this would be Ice Cube’s most
recognizable and popular hit, so popular that comedian Donovan Strain actually
calculated the exact date of Cube’s “good day”. With the exception of Ice Cube’s
future wife Kim who was already eight months pregnant with his first child,
Strain pinpointed the common denominator between Los Angeles’ no-smog day, his
beep from Kim, Yo! MTV Raps!, no
events attended, and when the Lakers did beat the Supersonics: January 20, 1992
was really Cube’s “good day”. Very shortly, superfans of his proposed a $25,000
charity towards A Place Called Home if Goodyear fulfilled the Cube lyric “Ice Cube’s A Pimp”. With the o.k. from
the gangsta rapper and Jimmy Fallon, Goodyear quickly agreed and made it happen:
with the politically-correct message “Today Was A Good Day” instead.