Anyone remember “Song Lyric Saturday”? This pick comes along with a movie and has been re-written.
Have you seen “Straight Outta Compton”? I saw it the night it came out and have the DVD. I call it an African-American history class with comedy and drama thrown in. I loved it.
The movie shows the struggle of the group members as they are starting out in Compton, California and grow into and out of the group. Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. is really nice to look at. I was really upset that the movie didn’t win a single Emmy (feel free to fact check me on that).
The men in N.W.A. grew up in Compton, a low-income area in California. It was known in the 80s for drug dealing and gangs.
The songs that (mainly) Ice Cube wrote were about what he saw going on around him- racial profiling, shootings, and so on. They didn’t live the easiest lives. He was still in high school when writing some of the earlier songs.
The group later broke up (as you can see in the movie- no spoilers) and Ice Cube wrote the best diss track ever, “No Vaseline” as a result. Even though the group broke up, they inspired a whole generation of rappers.
In light of recent events, I picked a different song- “Fuck the Police”
Ice Cube wrote this after a police officer- related incident outside the recording studio. He and the other members were simply outside and were harassed by LAPD.
These guys were angry and I do not blame them at all. After this song came out, they weren’t allowed to perform it at some concerts, but did anyway. One concert in Detroit ended in a riot.
I’m not anti-police, by the way. I’m anti- police brutality. There’s a difference.
Ice Cube has spoken out about the protests and rioting. He makes great points and I love his Twitter.
I do realize that not all cops are bad, but there are enough to not have as much faith in them as I would like to.
This song is about being brutalized by those who are supposed to serve and protect us. It covers fighting back “it all depends on the size of the gat” as MC Ren says. Or “Ice Cube will swarm on any motherfucker in a blue uniform”
Ice Cube also goes into being racially profiled- since he was a “teenager with a little bit of gold and a pager” at the time the song was released.
This song is incredibly valid for the events that surround us right now. We do have reasons to fear the police and that’s not right at all.
If you are protesting, I fully support you. Stay safe!
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