Police officers in the United States are hell-bent on brutalizing minorities, accuses Ice Cube in the latest single off of his Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary album.
The song “Good Cop Bad Cop” sees the California rapper paint the picture of present-day America as being filled with crooked cops targeting minorities, falsifying police reports, planting evidence, and doing anything they can to “send another young brother” to jail.
“Black Lives Matter, it’s not chit chatter. Cause all they wanna do is scatter brain matter. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. A nine is terrible in your face,” Cube raps.
The political track sees Cube question if a “good cop” is “just a fantasy.”
The song’s hook also presents a racially charged scenario that sees the “black police showin’ out for the white cop” and the “white police showin’ out for the black cop.”
In an interview this week with Apple’s Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe, Cube described “Good Cop Bad Cop” as a sort-of “F*ck tha Police 2017,” and explained why he decided to release the updated take on the controversial 1988 song.
“We had done ‘F*ck tha Police’ so many years ago,” he said of the N.W.A. song. “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 to the authorities.”
Of course we don’t want the truth to get in the way of a terrible song. Many more whites are affected by police use of force than blacks. According to the Washington Post, there have been 164 whites shot and killed this year while there have been 98 blacks.
Maybe Cube is eluding to those that are unarmed. Out of tens of millions of police contacts this year, there have been 7 unarmed blacks shot and killed while 12 whites have been shot and killed.
Maybe Eminem or Shaun King will counter Cube’s song.