Hypocrisy on the rocks

Note: Not that I feel the real need to bring this up, but just in case, this post is not for your kids’ eyes

So, Ice Cube apparently was apparently so moved by the recent murder of a high school football star that he’s using the victim’s family in a video for his song “Why Me?”

According to the Associated Press:

“It just was a tragic, tragic story of why,” Cube says. “Young people are dying for no reason all over the world that don’t know why. It’s ugly, everywhere.”

Oh, really? Really?

Now, I’m not one that believes music makes people kill, that Paul McCartney is really dead, or Doom puts high schools at risk. That said, the word disingenuous comes to mind when Cube starts waxing poetic about the tragedy of inner-city violence. I mean, how many of us don’t know these lyrics by heart?

Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube
From the gang called Niggaz With Attitudes
When I’m called off, I got a sawed off
Squeeze the trigger, and bodies are hauled off
You too, boy, if ya fuck with me

Now, maybe I’m missing some context. It’s been some time since I rolled strapped or rode dirty or popped a cap in somebody’s ass (but I still got my gat, bitch, so check yourself). That said, it’s a lot like me putting too much seasoning in my soup and then lamenting the saltiness at dinner. Except with bullets. And gats. Can’t forget the gats.

Hopefully somewhere there is an interview with Cube in which he says, “All that stuff I said earlier was just for show and to make me a big star and I’m pretty sure it’s not my fault, but just in case I had anything to do with it, I want to be clear I don’t really advocate shooting motherf–”

Well, you get the point. Point is, I hope this new side of Cube isn’t as hypocritical as it comes off in the in AP story. Because if it is, I might take issue enough to say…

Me you can go toe to toe, no maybe
I’m knockin niggaz out tha box, daily
yo weekly, monthly and yearly
until them dumb motherfuckers see clearly


Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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2 Responses

  1. Da Goddess says:

    Nothing like exploiting the grieving.