Ice Cube takes aim at Trump with new song

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RAP LE­GEND ICE Cube on Fri­day re­leased a new po­lit­i­cally charged song with Pres­i­dent Donald Trump squarely in the crosshairs. A cut from the gangsta rap pioneer’s al­bum set for a December 7 re­lease, the song Ar­rest the Pres­i­dent does not ex­plic­itly men­tion Trump but touches on his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s scan­dals in­clud­ing its con­tro­ver­sial im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies and the probe into col­lu­sion with Rus­sia.

“Ar­rest the pres­i­dent, you got the ev­i­dence/that n***a is Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence/ When it rains it pours. Did you know the new white was orange? Boy, you’re show­ing your horns,” Ice Cube raps, re­fer­ring to Trump’s oft-mocked skin tone.

The West Coast rap­per had teased the new track on Tues­day as Amer­i­can vot­ers cast bal­lots in the heated midterm elec­tion seen as a test of Trump’s pres­i­dency.

“Cuffs are ready,” the rap­per tweeted, post­ing a video clip pre­view­ing the song. “Get out there and vote.”

Ice Cube, 49, fre­quently in­fuses his raps with blunt so­ciopo­lit­i­cal com­men­tary.

F*** tha Po­lice — which be­came an an­them for peo­ple who felt mal­treated by law en­force­ment when Ice Cube’s for­mer group N.W.A. re­leased it in 1988 — has re­mained a ral­ly­ing cry for ac­tivists protest­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity and racism.

In 2017, Ice Cube reis­sued his 1991 al­bum Death Cer­tifi­cate with sev­eral new tracks which paid ho­mage to the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment that evolved in re­sponse to a spate of killings of un­armed black men at the hands of po­lice. The rap­per’s lat­est sin­gle will be part of his forth­com­ing al­bum Every­thang’s Cor­rupt. AFP

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