Is Ice Cube Still True To The Game?

Less than three weeks before the upcoming election, Ice Cube made his way into the news through politics. On October 13, one of Donald Trump’s advisors, Katrina Pierson, revealed online that Cube was working with the current administration’s “platinum plan.” She praised the MC-turned-mogul’s actions and cooperation:

The perceived alliance raised questions and inspired headlines, condemning the former N.W.A. member and “F*ck Tha Police” author for aligning with the controversial US leader at a time of critical mass, approaching November’s election. Cube publicly defended his actions, calling out critics and headlines, while also revealing that his “Contract With Black America” was mutually shopped to Joe Biden’s staff as well as Donald Trump’s. While Biden’s team punted until after the election, Politico reports that Trump’s staff was willing to get started now, incorporating undisclosed aspects of Cube’s push to inject $500 billion of capital into the Black community. As the movement gained steam—and the Trump Administration touted the alliance to the public—many people condemned the Hip-Hop icon. Once “True To The Game,” Cube was suddenly being called a “sellout,” something he is keenly aware of.

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In this week’s episode of What’s The Headline (available in video and audio, below), AFH weighs in on Cube’s working with Trump. We go between the impulsive reactions and potentially misleading headlines, including why Donald Trump always seems to favor famous allies above grassroots activists and organizers. We also discuss Benny The Butcher’s 2020 album-of-the-year contender Burden Of ProofBlack Thought’s new album, and Killer Mike bringing a Black banking movement into a thriving financial group that he is now helped lead.

Here Is What Else Is Happening Of Note:

Stimulated Dummies/SD 50’s member John Gamble has died. Gamble was one-third of the New York City-based production/label collective with Dante Ross and Geeby Dajani (who died in late 2019), who worked with Brand Nubian, KMD, Casual, and Everlast, among others. (Tumblr)

The Beastie Boys have licensed their first song to an advertising campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden. 1994’s “Sabotage” joins music by Rage Against The Machine and the Pixies in a small business/live music-driven ad for the Presidential nominee. The move reportedly comes after group co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch requested in his will that the Beasties not license music to advertise. (OkayPlayer)

A new app allows users to hum songs into their phones for help learning artists and titles. (CNN)

Stevie Wonder leaves Motown Records after nearly 60 years; collaborates with Busta Rhymes, Rapsody, Cordae, and Chika. (NME)

Murs, Eligh, and Scarub have reunited the 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The Living Legends off-shoot teamed back up for video single “The 3.” (Instagram)

#BonusBeat: Ambrosia For Heads’ official playlist, featuring new music by Benny The Butcher, Black Thought, MC Eiht, Kokane, REASON, Action Bronson, and Smoke DZA, among other new songs: