Ice Cube prefers to limit the social conscience of his rap to the provision of information: he wants his audience to draw their own conclusions
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“Loc” literally means to act loco, or crazy; here, Cube means “revolt”
People are afraid of Cube and what he stands for, and that’s before they even realize that he is actually carrying a gun!
He would’ve probably meant it like that some years later, during the east coast — west coast feud. But here he was saying that people see a black rapper, and get scared without a real threat (a gun) being present.
Soul Train was a long-running tv show that featured music and performances by mostly r&b and soul artists
In this decadent age, Ice Cube finds no soul in even Soul Train…
“You know, Marge, I saw that Ice Cream boy yesterday. He used to be so nice. Whatever happened to him? We should invite him by for canasta next time..”
White people are afraid of rap music (also plays on the stereotype of white people not understanding “funk” in music because they have no internal funk, racially)
Cube thinks that “they” hide the ill-treatment of black men, blaming gangs and drugs instead of structural racism
(by “they”, Cube means white people)
He is also say that he has access to a medium and now now you cant get to him and he can get his message out. Watch Amerikas war on drugs or cocaine cowboys documentry. Will his meaning about structuaral racism.
12 12’s are the bags that crack comes in
Cube hated the Arsenio Hall show almost as much as he hated the jingoistic celebrations surrounding the United States' 200th birthday in 1976
i.e. Tom, Dick, or Harry — namely, anybody