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Ice Cube, “Wickedly Witty”?

Hey, Miller, just because the news magazines have Zarqawi covers doesn’t mean they don’t have the usual anti-Bush content. In Newsweek, Allison Samuels hypes the latest music from Ice Cube. Over a full-page black-and-white photo of the rapper, his latest “social commentator” lyrics from his song “Why We Thug” are highlighted boldly in capital letters: “Since I was little not a damn thing changed / It’s the same ol’ same / Bush runs things like Saddam Hussein.”Most of these words are in green, but “Bush” and “Saddam Hussein” are in white letters for emphasis. Newsweek’s Samuels is giddy: “He was a savagely angry (and wickedly witty) social commentator on N.W.A.’s late-‘80s benchmarks ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘F— tha Police’…Cube’s new album may be the his best since the searing ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted’ in 1990.” Samuels lauds this junk as part of “rap’s long tradition of politically righteous anger.”

The guys here wonder whether Ice Cube really wants to contend that Bush would lob poison gas into the ghetto like Saddam did at Halabja….or whether Cube is trying to get the angry-rapper label back after doing very mainstream kiddie movies like Are We There Yet?

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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