Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Check yourself before you wreck yourself is a popular rhyming slang phrase, originating from hip hop artist Ice Cube.
The expression is a warning for people to reflect on their deeds before they proceed with their actions and get into trouble.
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A predecessor of “check yourself before you wreck yourself” appeared in the 1970’s, as the slogan of Nationwide Safti-Break Centers; “check it before you wreck it”.
This slogan was modified by Ice Cube, appearing on his 1993 studio album, “The Predator” where the third single is titled “Check Yo Self”.
The chorus of the track is “check yourself before you wreck yourself”.
It received great reception from listeners all across the world, reaching number 20 on the Hot 100 Chart, as well as topping on both the hip hop and the R&B charts.
Spread and Usage
Thanks to the success and the remixes of the song, the expression would be recognized and remembered by many, with some using “check yourself before you wreck yourself” in their daily lives.
The phrase was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2009.
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