Ice Cube is the street CNN. He speaks for the unspoken and his latest single brings back the Growl Face. Thank you Ice Cube.

I must state that Ice Cube is my favorite hip-hop artist of all time. Many of today’s youth think of Ice Cube as the friendly movie guy who made films like, “Are We There Yet”, “21 Jump Street”, The Long Shots, Barbershop, Beautyshop and Friday.

Long before he was making the masses of America laugh with Friday, Friday after Next, and all of the other self-produced comedies, he was the BADDEST M.F. in front of a microphone.

Not many people get the chance to meet some of their favorite musicians, politicians, actors, athletes et al. I have been lucky, in the right places and had some of the right people believing in me to make all of this happen.

Never have so few owed so much to so many.
(Uptown Saturday Night reference, Drinking Game begins!)

I have met Ice Cube many, many, many times. He is a person I believe everyone should have the chance of meeting. Ice Cube is a great guy who happens to be a genius.

Here is a clip of Ice Cube performing at the Tastemaker Television Network ClubbinTV event a year or so ago. https://vimeo.com/13859127

While figuring out what to write for the blog this week I was listening to Ice Cube’s song, “ A Bird In The Hand”. All I can say is, “WOW”.

If you can’t remember the song, “A Bird In The Hand”, was on the, “Death Certificate CD”. To this writer, “The Death Certificate CD” was his best. It was a concept CD that starts out with the street hustler doing his thing and then turns into that same individual having a rebirth, resurrection, and rise through spirituality and guidance of the Nation of Islam.

The song, “A Bird In the Hand”, was about the hard times in our community that forces some African American males into making bad decisions.

It is only about a 2 minute and 30 second song but the lyrics are ridiculous and Ice Cube covers every pitfall in the African American Community within those two and a half minutes.

Judge for yourself.

Fresh outta school cause I was a high school grad.
Gotsta get a job cause I was a high school dad.
Wish I got paid by rapping to the nation,
But that’s not likely so here’s my application.
Pass it to the man at AT&T.
Cause when I was in school i got the AEE.
But there's S.C. for this youngster
I didn't have no money, so now I got to punch the
Clock, gotta slave and be half a man
But whitey man says there’s no room for the African.
Always knew that I would clock g's, but welcome to McDonald's.
May I take your order please?
Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer,
Cause my son doesn't take no for an answer.
Now I pay taxes that you never give me back.
What about diapers, bottles, and Similac?
Do I hafta sell me a whole lotta of crack
For decent shelter and clothes on my back?
Or should I just wait for help from Bush?
Or Jesse Jackson and operation P.U.S.H.?
If you ask me the whole thing needs a douche.
A Massengill. What the hell
Crack'll sell in the neighborhood
To the corner house bitches.
Miss Parker, Little Joe, and Todd Bridges.
Or anybody that he know.
So I cop me a bird better known as a kilo.
Now everybody know I went from po,
To a nigga that got dough.
So now you put the Feds against me,
Cause I couldn't follow the plan of the presidency.
I'm never gettin' love again.
But blacks are too fucking broke to Republican.
Now I remember I used to be cool,
Till I stop filling out my W2.
Now senators are getting high.
And your plan against the ghetto backfired.
So now you gotta pep talk.
But sorry this is our only room to walk
Cause we don't want to drug push,
But a bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush. Fresh outta school cause I was a high school grad.
Gotsta get a job cause I was a high school dad.
Wish I got paid by rapping to the nation,
But that’s not likely so here’s my application.
Pass it to the man at AT&T.
Cause when I was in school i got the AEE.
But there's S.C. for this youngster
I didn't have no money, so now I got to punch the
Clock, gotta slave and be half a man
But whitey man says there’s no room for the African.
Always knew that I would clock g's, but welcome to McDonald's.
May I take your order please?
Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer,
Cause my son doesn't take no for an answer.
Now I pay taxes that you never give me back.
What about diapers, bottles, and Similac?
Do I hafta sell me a whole lotta of crack
For decent shelter and clothes on my back?
Or should I just wait for help from Bush?
Or Jesse Jackson and operation P.U.S.H.?
If you ask me the whole thing needs a douche.
A Massengill. What the hell
Crack'll sell in the neighborhood
To the corner house bitches.
Miss Parker, Little Joe, and Todd Bridges.
Or anybody that he know.
So I cop me a bird better known as a kilo.
Now everybody know I went from po,
To a nigga that got dough.
So now you put the Feds against me,
Cause I couldn't follow the plan of the presidency.
I'm never gettin' love again.
But blacks are too fucking broke to Republican.
Now I remember I used to be cool,
Till I stop filling out my W2.
Now senators are getting high.
And your plan against the ghetto backfired.
So now you gotta pep talk.
But sorry this is our only room to walk
Cause we don't want to drug push,
But a bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush.

That song was released in 1991. Unfortunately for the most part our state of the union has not changed in the African American community and today Ice Cube is looking like a Prophet.

ICE CUBE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS.

He is never scared of what the media thinks about him, or how they portray him. He created swagger, he created the Ice Cube MEANICING SCOWL FACE, and now is reaping the rewards of keeping his image and brand real. Not to many celebrities can boast that they had the opportunity to speak how they wanted and still keep working. I can think of maybe a couple, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce, Redd Foxx, and Moms Mabley. (For you 21 and younger reading this blog you are actually going to have to do some Google research today ☺!)

I know that in past blogs I praised artists like Kanye West, Dwele, and others but Ice Cube has become the master at distributing news in our community. As I stated at one of the events, “Ice Cube is the street CNN”…

As I woke up this morning to finish this blog article I was alerted to the fact that Ice Cube has a new CD coming. To my surprise the video has been released and of course Ice Cube is continuing to tell it like it is. Hold on to your seats and take a look at the new Ice Cube Video entitled, “Everything’s Corrupt”. Here is the You-Tube link to watch it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiQ5TexMl78

For all you Ice Cube fans the video is exactly what you expect. Ice Cube’s telling you how shady the world is and how you can’t trust the most lies that are being fed to you by any government official. The video is off the chain and is un-edited; which is in the state that you would like to see Ice Cube videos.

If this is what we can expect from the rest of the CD I can breathe a little easier. I made a statement years ago that Hip Hop was missing the social conscious that it gave us in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Chuck D, Public Enemy, KRS-One, Poor Righteous Teachers, X-Clan, Rakim and others including Ice Cube gave us the blueprint of our thoughts and allowed for us to incorporate them into action.

I think this CD may lead to rappers reevaluating the path of their lyrics. One thing for sure you can always count on O’shea Jackson to represent for our community.

A Yea Yea!

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