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New Ice Cube video: Ain’t Got No Haters

Video: Ice Cube – “Ain’t Got No Haters” (ft. Too Short)

Ice Cube - Ain't Got No Haters ft. Too Short

From Everythangs Corrupt, out now on Lench Mob/Interscope.

Back in the day I bought a used copy of Short Dog’s In The House from my local record shop. Only when I got home did I realize it was the “clean” version. Which, on a Too Short album, is ridiculous. One of the songs, a duet with Ice Cube, was pretty much a solid beeeeeeeeep.

This new song would only require a couple of beeps.

“Ain’t Got No Haters” can be heard as a sequel to Cube’s 1993 hit “It Was a Good Day,” set in a utopian world where “These police, they never light me up” and even “Fuckin’ up at work, they never write me up.”

Too Short’s verse contains this gem:

Thirty years later still spittin’ flows
Gettin’ paid to call these bitches hoes

Ain’t nothin’ but a word to Short Dog after all.

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New Ice Cube video: That New Funkadelic

Video: Ice Cube – “That New Funkadelic”

Ice Cube - That New Funkadelic (Official Music Video)

From Everythangs Corrupt, out now.

It’s kind of insane to think I’ve been loving Ice Cube for almost thirty years. I remember it was my freshman year of college, before everybody’s friend groups had solidified, when you’d leave your dorm room door open and people would just pop in to comment on your posters or the music on your stereo. I can’t remember his name or even what he looked like, but some dude came by and for whatever reason he decided I needed a tape with Straight Outta Compton on one side and Eazy-Duz-It on the flip. And I’m not sure if I’m just making this up but I think he also told me to look out for Ice Cube’s upcoming debut solo album. Before that I had only known about Eazy-E, but this benevolent stranger (was he an angel?) schooled me on how Cube wrote all the songs and was the guy to watch.

It took a while for those albums to sink in. So many words coming at me so fast! But I knew this was “important” music so I invested my time. I listened to that tape over and over until I knew all the words and could pretty much figure out what they were talking about. I appreciated it, of course, when they would define some of their slang in the middle of a song, like in “I Ain’t tha 1” when Cube taught me that “Ganked means getting took for your bank or your gold or your money or something.” Anyway, before I knew it, I was a superfan, convinced that I was down with the capital C-P-T.

It’s ridiculous and embarrassing now to look back at my 19 year old self who truly believed that I could understand the African American experience because I had read some Malcolm X and Toni Morrison and listened to a bunch of hop hop. A couple years later a sociology professor busted my chops for using hip hop lingo in the underground newspaper my friends had started. I couldn’t grasp how she could possibly question my authority to appropriate this culture. Sure, I was a suburban white kid attending a small, private liberal arts college, but but but… I was down!

Even when I picked up Small Talk at 125th and Lenox on vinyl and listened to “Comment #1” I naturally assumed that Gil Scott-Heron was talking about some other “four year revolutionary.” Not me! Turns out, I was that “silly trite motherfucker” after all. That’s a tough pill to swallow for an idealistic young person. But so it goes.

Regardless, even after my heavy doses of self-reflection, I still love Ice Cube.

And Funkadelic.

Which reminds me: Did I ever tell you about the time I listened to all of the Funkadelic albums in reverse chronological order in one sitting? That, my friends, was an experience.

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New Ice Cube video: Good Cop Bad Cop

Video: Ice Cube – “Good Cop Bad Cop”

Ice Cube - Good Cop Bad Cop (Official Video)

From the Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition) release, out now on Interscope.

This new song doesn’t have anything to do with Cube’s seminal 1991 album that it’s tacked onto, but whatever. People need bonus tracks on their anniversary releases and apparently Cube doesn’t have anything contemporary lying around, so…here we are. New Ice Cube.

It’s good. Strong message, fat horns. Has Cube been listening to Killer Mike?

When Death Certificate came out I was doing a semester abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. I bought the cassette at my local HMV but the UK release eliminated “Black Korea” and “No Vaseline” because of the controversy, which bummed me out. But they have laws about inciting racial violence over there and no first amendment, so what can you do? When I got back home I dubbed “No Vaseline” to the end of side 2 where it belongs. Which made a whole lot more sense than adding three brand new songs to the beginning of the “25th Anniversary” edition, but again, no one consulted me.

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Broke Mack: Have you ever been in a hot tub?

Video: Ice Cube – “Who’s the Mack?”

Ice Cube - Who's The Mack

I didn’t even realize Ice Cube made a video for this song from Amerikkka’s Most Wanted until I was googling around, looking for something or other and stumbled across it on YouTube. Priority Records released a promotional 12″ in 1990, but it didn’t chart.

The best part about this video--other than Cube looking like an adorable little kid--is the ending where after spending the whole song rapping about different types of con artists in his own community, he visually opens up the definition to include White America. There’s “President Mack” (sitting POTUS George H. W. Bush), “Busted Mack” (televangelist Jim Bakker who had recently been found guilty on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy), and best of all, “Broke Mack” (Donald Trump).

In June 1990, the Wall Street Journal reported the news of Trump’s impending financial distaster. So I’m assuming this video was made shortly after that. People magazine even had a cover story in July titled “Poor Donald!” But nobody summed it up better than Ice Cube: Broke Mack. You knew the game and you still ended up on your back.

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Lots of Links: Twitter Roundup #16

Tweet tweetBelow are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Cracking the pallophotophone code. Radio recordings from 1929-31 ft. the voices of Edison, Herbert Hoover, & Henry Ford. http://ow.ly/1Uhq4 2 minutes ago

# A great interview with Topspin’s Ian Rogers about the music biz: http://bit.ly/bwSs0E @iancr 22 minutes ago

# On This Day in 2004: “Glorious Noise is good” — Colin O’Malley, TRUSTe http://ow.ly/1UeSS Do you still follow us, @micshasan? about 1 hour ago

# RT @soundofthecity: The 10 Most Shocking Revelations About the Tragic Last Days of Gang Starr MC Guru http://bit.ly/cxBA2o about 2 hours ago

# Cool. RT @genesimmons: Hey, if you’re 14 years old or under, you can attend any KISS concert in the upcoming N. American Tour for FREE. about 19 hours ago

# “We support the boycott of Arizona.” RT @robertloerzel: Los Lobos cancels Arizona concert. http://www.loslobos.org/site/news.shtml about 20 hours ago

Lots more below, and you might consider joining the 802 other people following us on Twitter so you can keep up with this stuff as it happens…

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N.W.A. and the Posse: Where Are They Now?

N.W.A. and the PosseThis is one of the coolest things I’ve read in a long, long time. Martin Cizmar at the Phoenix New Times has written The Posse Project, wherein he has researched the “the 12 Guys from N.W.A’s First Album Cover” and reports who they were, how they ended up on the cover, and where they are now.

Not only does the cover of N.W.A’s first album not look anything like the standard image of “The World’s Most Dangerous Group,” it’s such an odd mix of styles it’s hard to believe the guys posing together are any sort of group at all. Truly, the cover of N.W.A. and the Posse is a puzzle.

This picture is also, however, a perfect snapshot of one of the most important scenes in the history of popular music. Stare for a moment and you can see a myth about to be born. That myth, Gangsta Rap, enabled four guys in this picture — Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy E — to titillate and terrify America as Compton-based rap group Niggaz With Attitude.

We all should be able to recognize Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and MC Ren, but what about the other eight guys? Well, thanks to this fascinating research, you can read all about them. (And by the way, Cizmar’s profiles of the four you know are well worth reading, so click through!)

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Indie Chart Toppers

Ice Cube - PredatorLast week, when Vampire Weekend‘s sophomore effort was the top selling album in America, Billboard announced that Contra was “only the 12th independently distributed album to top the Billboard 200 chart since SoundScan began powering the list in May of 1991.” Curious what the other eleven were? Here they are:

1991 – N.W.A. – “EFIL4ZAGGIN” (Ruthless/Priority)

1992 – Ice Cube – “The Predator” (Priority)

1994 – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney)

1995 – “Friday” soundtrack (Priority)

1995 – “Pocahontas” (Walt Disney)

1995 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “E. 1999 Eternal” (Priority)

1995 – Tha Dogg Pound – “Dogg Food” (Death Row/Priority)

1997 – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – “The Art of War” (Priority)

2007 – Eagles – “Long Road Out of Eden” (self released/Wal-Mart)

2008 – Radiohead – “In Rainbows” (TBD/ATO/RED)

2009 – Pearl Jam – “Backspacer” (self released/Target)

2010 – Vampire Weekend – “Contra” (XL/ADA)

Not a lot of what you’d really think of as “indie,” is there? That’s because Billboard defines an independent album based on the title’s distribution:

If an album is sold by an indie distributor (or, one of the major label’s indie distribution arms), it is classified as an independent title and can chart on our Top Independent Albums tally. Classification is not based on a label’s ownership, or if an act is signed to an independent label.

In the mid-90s Priority Records was sold to EMI and Walt Disney Records switched to Universal Music Group Distribution, which led to a ten-year absence of indie releases at the top of the album chart until the Eagles came along and changed everything!

Ice Cube, Indie Rapper

Ice Cube talks to MTV.com about his new album and going indie:

“Going independent in 2006 really re-energized me. It rejuvenated me [and] my feelings for the game,” he said. “Being on [major] record labels is for the birds. It sucks all your energy out. Because the good ideas you come up with, a lot of times they don’t wanna do it. Especially on the promotional tip. They follow these same ancient formulas to sell a record. You gotta be creative in 2008 to sell a record. That’s the first thing. When I started doing it independent, it gave me my swagger back and made me feel like I was doing hip-hop and not just doing records for somebody. I just went back to the essence and stopped worrying about the hip-hop fans and started worrying about Ice Cube fans.”

Raw Footage is out August 19 on Lench Mob Records.

MP3: Ice Cube – “It Takes a Nation” (courtesy of allhiphop.com)