Ice Cube Exposed
Most of us know O'Shea Jackson as either the controversial rapper or the Hollywood actor. O’Shea’s stage name is Ice Cube and he built his musical career on what has been termed gangsta rap. In fact, on several occasions Ice has even taken credit for creating the notorious form of rap music. However that claim, like much Ice has rapped about in his 20-plus-year career, just isn't true.
According to his biography, he graduated from high school in Woodland Hills California, the same school rapper Everlast (House of Pain), actress Dana Plato (Diff’rent Strokes) and actor Jason Bateman (Silver Spoons) also attended. From his San Fernando Valley high school, Ice went on to briefly attend college in Phoenix. After that, since 1987, his life has been one large act all at the expense of his audience, who naively takes what he says as gospel. All the while, he laughs his way to the bank while denying any accountability for his dangerous music. Does his music teach young people to stay in school? No, as you will see, this former child star has an agenda that is far beyond that.
When Ice Cube became a member of N.W.A. (N!ggaz Wit Attitudes), he was the primary writer. What is problematic with Ice Cube's writing is that N.W.A.'s rap focused on what 50 Cent would call “the harsh realities” of an environment and lifestyle that Ice Cube hasn’t lived. Since his teenage years, he has been earning a living as a musician in a very successful career. Yet, to this day he still features himself pictured with a gun on his 2010 I Am the West album cover while wearing clothing (Dickie suit and Chuck Taylors) that has been traditionally seen as gang wear. Not only is the 40-plus-year-old man out of touch with today’s fashion, but also he’s out of touch with reality. Just as West Coast artist Crooked I has recently said in a BET interview:
The consumer, they really love the West Coast of yesterday, and I ain’t mad at that, but it’s a new day on the West. It’s not all about the '64 Impalas with hydraulics and the khaki suits and Chuck Taylors. There’s a brand-new energy, there’s a brand-new swagger.
I don't know if Crooked I was taking a subliminal shot at Ice Cube or not. However, this "West Coast of yesterday" is exactly the false type of image that Ice Cube continues to push, which in turns keeps newer artists with fresh swagger out.
Ice Cube's lyrics that untruthfully paint a picture of past hardships could perhaps be forgiven if he used his position to help support up-and-coming artists on the West Coast who have endured real struggles. However, Ice Cube has failed to do so, and New West artists such as Jay Rock and Glasses Malone have called him out on not doing enough to support West Coast rappers. Just as is the case with many older rappers, Ice thinks he’s exempt from any form of criticism since he "helped paved the way." Despite his lack of support for new artists, he has hypocritically dissed West Coast radio for not showing support for his new works. If he had stood with artists who went after the radio stations in the past, maybe things would be different today. Although Cube claims to be the West, he hasn't shown any leadership skills that come along with making such an outrageous statement.
Cube's gangsta fairytale, which portrays himself as an original gangster, ex-convict, and gangbanger, never ends. The roots of the fantasy trace back to his role of Doughboy in 1991's Boyz n the Hood, in which he found his calling. The idea that Ice may psychologically be trapped in the role of Doughboy shouldn't be dismissed very easily. The late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur was also said to have adopted a persona in his music that he discovered in a movie, playing the role of Bishop, a thug-like character in Juice. Whether this is true of 2Pac is debated in hip hop circles, but what is not debated is that Cube's portrayal of himself in his music is entirely fictional.
Unlike Cube, Jay Rock actually has real street experience. This is probably why Ice Cube was afraid of Jay performing at the Paid Dues Festival with him as confirmed by the show organizer, Murs. Since Jay was absent at the festival due to Ice Cube’s fear, Cube decided he was safe in talking about Jay while on stage. What else would you expect from a 40-year-old man with millions of dollars in his bank account who comes from a two-parent household and some college experience? Certainly not what he raps about! Cube wouldn’t jeopardize his fame and money by doing anything other than playing the 20-year-old Ice Cube "gangster" role. In a sense, Jay Rock was blackballed due to Ice Cube. The criticism New West artists level at Cube is absolutely correct.
Murs Explains Jay Rock Ban at Paid Dues Festival
Like Father, Like Sons
Even though Cube claims to be the West, many newcomers to the West Coast hip hop scene have accused Cube of not doing enough for the up-and-coming generation. What’s sad is not only are the allegations true, but also most of the artists who need the boost from a powerful figure like Cube actually look up to him.
But unless you are one of his children, you probably won’t get much help from Cube. OMG (Oh My Gosh) and Doughboy are Ice Cube’s rapping teenage sons. The song “She Couldn’t Make It on Her Own” features Ice Cube along with his sons. What would you expect for this multi-millionaire to rap about with his two teenage children? Well, pimpin' of course! Just as Ice Cube’s music has been misogynistic and violent his entire career, his kids are following in his footsteps. Doughboy raps: “I keep a bad b***h with a fat derriere/and you know that h@e fresher than a new pair." Meanwhile OMG and Cube continue with the foolishness on similar verses. The hook goes: “She had to get a pimp, she couldn’t make it on her own." Is it fair to say that Ice doesn't have any daughters and doesn't respect women?
Although Cube has been married for sometime, he loves to talk about b***hes the same way he did back in the late '80s when he was a teenager. He recently dedicated “Nothing Like LA” to his wife, whom he says has been down since 1989. She must be so proud of the way her husband has her boys following in the family business.
With all due respect, Cube’s sons aren’t anything special in today’s music climate. Even though their dad is a bigshot in the music industry, they still haven’t done anything major, which should tell you something.
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If Cube isn’t talking about b***hes or h@es, he’s talking about violence and death. Nearly every album cover he’s come out with has some reference to death it in. His albums include not only symbols for death, but also the single eye commonly associated with Freemasonry and the Illuminati. At least eight of his album covers show him depicted with one eye. Some of you may think that this is a coincidence and that he isn't attempting to associate himself with the Illuminati, but when you study the subject, you will soon see how many artists send the same message with obvious or subliminal all-seeing eye symbolism.
His first EP, Kill at Will, pictured him handing you a gun—the title speaks for itself. The next one, Death Certificate, shows Uncle Sam dead, covered in a sheet; again, the album title speaks for itself. Next was The Predator, where Ice is smoking a pipe with a skull on it. From Straight Outta Compton to I Am the West, Ice has utilized death in his artwork. Smoking, guns, skulls, and needles are all indications of the type of material his albums contain. Some common themes of his discography are racism, misogyny, murder, and profanity.
I could go on all day showing you from his lyrics that Ice isn't someone to look up to. Even the few rare moments when he tries to educate his listeners aren't enough to counter the negativity that he has already promoted. Since his reputation precedes him, I won't spend much time on his lyrics.
Doin' my own (own) thing (thing).
And if you got a problem with that,
Then the nina go bang (bang) bang (bang).
And I be everywhere on the map, but
I rep that West.— Ice Cube in "I Rep That West"
Burn, Hollywood, Burn
O’Shea has made songs bashing Koreans, whites, Christians, and Jewish people as well as his own people. To this day he has never apologized and even continues to spread his hostility. Ice Cube is a hateful man to whom many people still continue to look as some example for black power.
However, it would be a stretch to believe that Ice Cube's prejudiced rhetoric stems from a philosophy of black power. His very presence in Hollywood and in the music industry cries the exact opposite. The same Jewish people he has called out, the same white women he hates, and the same African Americans he has bashed are some of the very people who employ him, star with him, and write his scripts. Ice Cube is not only a fake gangster but he’s also a fake revolutionary. Some like to cheer him on as he talks about "the man" in his music but fail to realize that not only is he a part of the system, but also to a large degree he is the system. Who is the top rapper in Hollywood if not Ice Cube? Ice has risen to the top of the music and film industries, which have not yet changed to embrace true equality. The only way he could succeed in them is if he compromised in order to fit in. If Ice was any threat to the status quo, he would be blacklisted and put on the shelf just as others have been in the past.
Even though he rarely puts his own views up for public scrutiny, he has no problem with ridiculing others. For example, anyone who thinks “We are all praying to the same God” should take note of how Cube has portrayed everyone who doesn’t practice Islam. A prime example is Friday, a film written by Ice Cube that included a corrupt, adulterous, weed-smoking preacher played by Berrnie Mac. Just imagine his outrage if an Islamic Imam were shown in such a light!
Radical Islam and the Nation of Islam
Ice Cube has promoted the Nation of Islam beginning on his 1991 album, Death Certificate.
Please note that the Nation of Islam teaches that the white man is devil; this separates it from most schools of Islam. When Ice Cube speaks about devils in his music or as he did in the video clip, he’s talking about whites. Even with all of his talk he still went on to do a couple of commercials for St. Ides beer, part of a company with no African American leadership! I guess this is his idea of Black Power.
What’s amazing to me is that it’s common knowledge that African Americans don’t own the music or movie industry. He can’t have it both ways by hating and advocating separatism while at the same time working hand-in-hand with those he says are the oppressors. Although the clip below is some years old, Ice still continues to profess views in his music that are completely opposed to those he lives by.
Ice Cube Speaking at Nation of Islam Function
But since Allah is apparently working with New Age minister Ice Cube, it’s important to see what he is ministering to the youth.
Message to the Youth
Since the early '90s, Cube has infused gangster rap stories with the teachings of the Nation of Islam in order to indoctrinate the youth. Some of their views have included anti-Semitic rhetoric, the belief that Wallace Fard Muhammad, the religion's founder, is the Savior, as well as some nutty UFO teachings. This alone should tell the reader that Ice Cube’s music is beyond something that could be brushed off as simple entertainment. Here is Khalid Muhammad's intro to the song “Cave B***h,” to which we will go back to later in this article:
Give me a black goddess sister I can't resist her. No stringy-haired, blonde hair, blue-eyed, pale-skinned buttermilk complexion. Grafted, recessive, depressin', ironing board backside straight up and straight down. No frills, no thrills, Miss Six O'clock, subject to have the itch, mutanoid, caucazoid, white cave b***h...
Now That We Know Who the Devil Is
Ice Cube Disses
Here are the top five Ice Cube disses in no particular order.
1) Monster Kody Scott Disses Ice Cube
Former Eight Tray Gangster Crip Sanyika Shakur, aka Monster Kody Scott, has spoken out about Ice Cube’s fake image harmfully leading people to think that being a gangster is an easy life.
2) Tupac Disses Ice Cube
Here is the late Tupac Shakur shortly before his death discussing Ice Cube’s fakeness.
3) Shorty disses Ice Cube
Here Shorty, one of the former members of Cube's Lench Mob crew, disses him in a song titled :Fake Azz Gangsta." Ice being a fake gangsta seems to be the reoccurring theme here. That and the fact that he falls out with so many people close to him, as you will see.
4) DJ Pooh and Kam Diss Ice Cube
Like Shorty, Kam and Pooh are also former Da Lench Mob members. Like everyone else, Kam speaks on Cube being a fake gangster. In it you can hear Kam say that Ice Cube’s wife wears the pants in the house. This is relevant because Ice Cube was once part of a rap group called Westside Connection, made up of him, WC, and Mack 10. Since the group has gone separate ways, Mack 10 has said that the reason they broke up was due to an incident he had with Ice Cube's brother-in-law. From what Mack says, Ice Cube’s wife played a major role in the group's breaking up due to Mack 10 and her brother having problems.
5) Common Disses Ice Cube
Even Common has called Ice Cube a hypocrite in his song "The B**** in Yoo." The entire song breaks Cube down, calling in St Ides and Cube's Muslim posturing as examples of his fakeness.
The fact of the matter is that Ice Cube’s time is up in music. This was evident when his last album was outsold by Waka Flaka Flame. This new generation doesn’t want to see 40-year-old men wearing Dickies and Chuck Taylors and telling gangsta fairy tales. Neither do his past fans because they have all grown up and are trying to raise their children not to be like what Ice promotes in his lyrics.
Some of what he was saying in the past was true and relevant to a certain segment of the community. However, the overall message and image that he likes to portray is harmful. His role as the primary writer for N.W.A. almost single-handedly made terms such as b***hes and n!ggas popular and acceptable to the youth. He must be held accountable, and we can’t continue to view people who make money at our expense as “making it” any longer. Just because in his films he, as a black man, may be the writer or leading actor or he may bring onboard a black director doesn’t mean that the way we are portrayed or the overall system isn’t exploitive. His music has steadily gone downhill and it’s time for him to apologize to the past generation and retire. Stop buying his music, stop going to his shows, and stop supporting his movies. It’s over for this guy!