@JosephKahn You can't buy your way into music stardom. You can buy your way into filmmaking yes, but music - no. 14 hours 57 min ago
@iamdiddy VEGAS! Im taking over @LifeatSLS TONIGHT with the #Cirocboyz . Music by @djsussone & @djefeezy .… https://t.co/2wOTb252ml 1 day 12 hours ago
@questlove Crabs on the dock of the bay. Waistin' time. #WhistlePartHere #Monterey. https://t.co/Jtuk1pMjKF 1 day 10 hours ago
@iamdiddy #HappyBirthday to the man that put me in the game!!!! And one of my greatest friends! I love you! WE… https://t.co/zEcZkTtqnj 6 hours 40 min ago
@jus10p Let's not forget the soldiers that sacrificed their lives so you & your best group of friends in the world can enjoy bottomless mimosas #MDW 13 hours 54 min ago
@BrunoMars Let's go Hawaii! 1 day 6 hours ago
@questlove Damb Dammmmn Dayum James! 5 hours 40 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