Ice Cube Releases Single Calling Out Police

Ice Cube has released a new single calling out police brutality and voicing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The rapper's new single, called "Good Cop, Bad Cop," came out on June 6 to celebrate the anniversary of Ice Cube's "Death Certificate" album, which was released 25 years ago, The Blaze reports.

"Black Lives Matter, it's not chit chatter," raps Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, on the track. "'Cause all they wanna do is scatter brain matter / A mind is a terrible thing to waste / A nine is terrible in your face."

"We had done 'F*** Tha Police' so many years ago," Ice Cube said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple's Beats 1 radio. "With With the emergence of 'Straight Outta Compton' the movie, we realized that it's still the same thing that's going on.

"We needed a more up-to-date version of the community talking to the police and the authorities," he added. "Now we appealing to the good cops to turn in the bad cops. That's the first line of defense for us ... all the respect that police used to have is being sucked away by these bad apples."

The rapper is no stranger to criticizing the police. In a 2016 interview with Bloomberg Politics, Ice Cube gave his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter protests around the country, according to Hip Hop DX.

"The fact that you even have to say 'black lives matter' lets you know how bad the problem is," he said. "And I know a lot of people blur the lines and say, 'Well, do black lives matter to black people?' Of course they do."

"And they talk about black on black crime, but all communities commit crime against their own ... The government killing citizens, that is a whole different texture and a whole different argument," continued the artist. "And it's apples and oranges to me."

In the same interview, Ice Cube spoke about why political hip hop has declined in popularity.

"It's not rewarded at all," he explained. "It's not rewarded on radio ... If you go political and go hardcore with it, you just really kinda set yourself straight into the underground."

"About '93, the gatekeepers of the airwaves started to say, 'You know, that kind of political rap, we're really not gonna play that. It's not really a style.' And they started to play and promote the escapism kind of rap," added Ice Cube. "Sex, drugs, money, cars, women, clothes, clubbing. All the excess became more popular and more exposed."

During a 2015 Q&A promoting the film "Straight Outta Compton," Ice Cube revealed that he worried about the safety of his children, reports The Wrap.

"I tell my kids to make it home," he said. "That's the most important thing."

Sources: The Blaze, The Wrap, Hip Hop DX / Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr

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