@iamdiddy Special thank you to @vice @thumpthump & especially @afreston for all the support on #1111 18 hours 25 min ago
@Videostatic A dancey day in the neighborhood w/ @kimbramusic in "Miracle" video dir by @Thom_Kerr http://t.co/EaD93oVCIy [via @Refinery29] 1 day 22 hours ago
@iamdiddy RT @GuyGerber: And in the end ,the love you make is equal to the love you make -the Beatles #1111 #timeisnowhttp://t.co/tTu4PRtZFe 1 day 13 hours ago
@MuraiHiro I love Booooooom RT @Booooooom :Video for Chet Faker's "Gold" directed by Hiro Murai: http://t.co/qZdRhgguXD 18 hours 29 min ago
@iamdiddy #LA Come turn up w/ @MisterCap performing @ #REVOLTLive TODAY IN HOLLYWOOD! Get FREE tix here http://t.co/mZ8EskJNza http://t.co/E66iqY1lT8 20 hours 6 min ago
@jus10p I want to be the first #ALSIceBucketChallenge fatality 1 day 12 hours ago
@davidguetta I can't believe next monday is already the closing party of #GuettaCollege !!! We are working on something HUGE ;) http://t.co/c9nXLTyvsb 1 day 17 hours ago
@iamdiddy What do you want to remember forever? 13 hours 59 min ago
@LilTunechi YMCMB-Young Mo'Ne Cash Mo'Ne Baseball!!! 14 hours 43 min ago
@questlove @mcbridesworld lol I'm watchin Soul Train right now and i swear I'm just noticing "12:45"----i aint heard this in eons. not like i dj it lol 7 hours 58 min ago
@JosephKahn Sweet spot for life is to have enough to buy what you want but not enough to get bored of buying it. So around $250 million. 1 day 15 hours ago
@questlove RT @KerriKasem: Help me, RT! Tell @Norway the TRUTH about my Dad, Casey Kasem. @NorwayUS @Utenriksdept @NorwayUN @TheLocalNorway http://t.… 21 hours 50 min ago
@iamdiddy There's so much going on in the world right now. Life is so short. I love you all! 8 hours 35 min ago
@questlove RT @BuzzFeed: This “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” clip has taken on new meaning in the wake of #Ferguson http://t.co/vgh2AW8iYy http://t.co/plOE10 hours 41 min ago
@katyperry ❤️“@prism_katy_cat: @katyperry #THISISHOWWEDO ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ http://t.co/VfqRP8KfzV1 day 8 hours ago
@14Spaces4aName @Videostatic I saw it this AM. VH1 has it on light rotation during their video blocks in the mornings. (6-11A EST on weekdays) 12 hours 56 min ago

4x3: Ice Cube "True To The Game" (F. Gary Gray, dir.)

Ice Cube True To The Game

There's a swastika painted on the garage, alongside the words "porch monkey," in the suburban neighborhood where a black man and a white woman make their home. Ice Cube pulls up. A pistol on his lap. Ski-Mask on his head. He kicks the door down and kidnaps the guy, violently breaking up that interracial relationship at gunpoint. The anger directed at his fellow black man, not at the close-minded community. 

Director F. Gary Gray once succinctly described that opening scene: "We kidnapped a guy and threw him in a trunk for dating a white girl," adding, "I've never been afraid to visually express things that aren't commercial."

No shit.

Ice Cube's "True To The Game" is still as incendiary today as it was when released in 1992. Shot in South Central, a few months after the L.A. riots, Cube rages at anyone who undermines or abandons African American culture. It's a video that could lead into a robust discussion of race, which I'll leave to people much more eloquent that me.

What might be craziest is that this video came way before the Internet, so for people to see it — and it's a pretty well known video — it had to hit the airwaves, the same video channels and media outlets that also aren't spared in this rap classic. 

Maybe you're watching this video for the first time and you only know present-day Ice Cube with the Hollywood career and the action flicks and family comedies. Well, welcome to the game. And Ice Cube has mastered it.

Tags: 4x3

Recent Tweets