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When I hear my homies say it, it don’t feel like venom. When I hear a white person say it, it feels like that knife stabbing me even if they don’t mean it. -Ice Cube
It was a good day in the decades ago when legendary rapper Ice Cube decided to take John Singleton’s advice and write a movie. Friday was the strategically planned brainchild of Ice Cube and DJ Pooh in the early parts of the 1990s that sprinkled our vocabularies with a food truck load of quotables from ‘bye Keisha’ to ‘You got knocked the f*(k out!’ to ‘Either they don’t know, they don’t show, or they don’t give a f*(k about the hood’. Okay, maybe not the last one but we’re pretty sure Cube said that one too.
Many Millennials have the misfortune of haven’t having met ill Don Mega most of us 30 and uppers know from Higher Learning and the Up In Smoke Tour to All About The Benjamins. The Black Freq Sheets are here to inform them that the West Side Connection is has nothing to do with an airline and a Maad Circle is not component of Google Chat.
Though contemporary society may appear to have evolved to a less inquisitive mindset, the thirst for knowledge doesn’t stop. Information is available and souls hunger for satisfaction despite the distractions from self-actualization. As a matter of fact, the modern world we so hastily commiserate on social media hasn’t changed as much as some of us Generation X’ers might have hoped. Actually, to quote from Cube’s recent appearance on Bill Maher, ‘Ain’t nothing changed but the calendar.’
Ice Cube made a schedule appearance on Real Time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hip-hop’s classic album, Death Certificate and ended up addressing the comedian’s recent N-word controversy. To some, Maher threw a bad punchline last week when he referred to himself as a house nigger and to others, like The Don Mega, it was a punch to the gut.
“It’s our word and you can’t have it back,” insisted Cube.
As a part of a panel, an audibly shaken Ice Cube patiently laid it on the line for Bill Maher and according to him, anyone that may be inappropriately familiar that may cross the line. “I just don’t know sometimes if this is a political show or a show about jokes,” relayed Cube.
Former Senator Bernie Sanders spokeswoman, Symone Sanders also appeared on the panel and offered an all too underrepresented perspective to the issue. Sanders stated to the comedian and host, “As a white person in America, you would’ve been the master, the slave owner . . . It was mostly black women who were enslaved in the house, who were raped, who were beaten daily, day in and day out.”
It’s guys that may have a black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid every now and then and they think they can cross the line… and they can’t. -Ice Cube
Scholar, Author, and Sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson was also invited to ‘school’ Bill Maher on the usage of controversial N-word. The colloquial-polymath scooted Al Franken who was originally slated to appear on last Friday’s live broadcast. The Black Freq Sheets will not attempt in any way to convey the luminaries sentiments but have instead embedded the video for freqs to peep his ill-technique.
The Don Mega appeared on Real Time originally to promote the forthcoming re-release of Death Certificate with 3 new bonus songs. The fresh sounds are tragically reminiscent of the 25 year-old classic album that soundtracked a turning point in the history of race relations and gave voice to the oppressed people of America particular those on the west coast. Thus the new single, Good Cop, Bad Cop is a fruit of the same F(*k The Police tree and as Ice Cube replied on Real Time, “The only thing that’s changed really is the calendar.”
Revolutionary music can only be helped by a great music video and Ice Cube’s film experience pays off here in the incredibly resonanting video to Good Cop, Bad Cop. The Black Freq Sheets advise viewer discretion as Ice Cube delivers a gifted artist portrayal of what it means to be black in America and why good cops should ‘turn them mothaf*($@&s in!.’
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