Ice Cube Calls Out AmeriKKKa’s New Bullies. He’s Fighting Back.
Today (December 7) Ice Cube released his first album in eight years. Everythangs Corrupt finds the Hollywood mogul basking in his early Rap aesthetic of calling out systems of oppression. First single “Arrest The President” took aim at the White House and called for handcuffing the President for illegal activities.
“Chase Down The Bully” attacks white supremacy as well as tribalism and references those who marched at Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 during a “Unite The Right” rally. Notably, the song releases the same day that James Alex Fields Jr. is convicted of first-degree murder. The 21-year-old Maumee, Ohio resident used his car to strike and kill Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old activist who was there protesting the rally. Fields drove to Virginia to join the Unite The Right march, and protest the removal of a state of Confederate Army General Robert E. Less.
With the song release (embedded below), Cube partners with Vevo to perform “Chase Down The Bully” as a Spoken Word piece. The words pop as Cube confronts the bullies known as racists. The onetime N.W.A. member raps from a rooftop, “Now, if he a fascist, I’ma bash his head in / Cock it back, boy, and put the lead in / All you evil forces wit’cha Tiki torches / Shove ’em up your ass, freaky intercourses / They try to lie, say I’m hearin’ voices / Apocalypse Now, rollin’ with the horses / Hit the Alt-Right with a fog light / See that red sheet? Used to be all white.”
During the second verse, Cube raps about supporters of Donald Trump and vividly relays the reasons they hate Black people. “F*ck a Trump supporter talkin’ ’bout law and order,” he raps. “But all you wanna do is go f*ck up reporters / Build a damn wall then, f*ck up the borders / Hate to see a motherf*ckin’ ni**a with a quarter / Hate to see a ni**a wit’cha ugly-ass daughter / They feed you bread and water, get you ready for the slaughter.”
In the bars, Cube also appears to reference Montana U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, a Republican, who body-slammed a journalist, The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs, in 2017. Donald Trump praised Gianforte’s actions, as recently as this October.
Finally, Cube concludes by rapping about his resiliency, as any O.G. would. Cube echoed the sentiments found in the lyrics of his song this week while on HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning.
A jury will reconvene Monday (December 10) to determine Fields’ sentence. Under the law, jurors can recommend from 20 years to life in prison.
Everythings Corrupt features Too Short. In addition to production from E-A-Ski and Fred Wreck, the album reunites Cube with early producer (and Friday“Ain’t Got No Haters,” collaborator) DJ Pooh. The Los Angeles native known for work with LL Cool J, King T, and Tupac Shakur produced featuring Short.