@ColinTilley RT @Tom_Raps: That VICE short "Mr. Happy" was great. 10 hours 58 min ago
@katyperry RT @OKMagazine: she was having a private function at her home. 20 hours 55 min ago
@davidguetta I was dropped by helicopter for @ultra yesterday ... Stay tuned for the video ... @tagheuer #dontcrackunderpressure http://t.co/wj3EQKwWuK 16 hours 14 min ago
@taylorswift13 RT @iHeartRadio: The new besties got to share another moment on stage! Congrats to @taylorswift13! #iHeartAwards #SongOfTheYear http://t.co1 day 7 hours ago
@ColinTilley RT @Miles_Hampton: I've seen Mr Happy 3 times. Twice and the time I showed my sister. 9 hours 48 min ago
@ColinTilley RT @Rojas_Fernand0: That short movie clip, "Mr.Happy", with Chance the Rapper was dope 1 day 18 hours ago
@questlove Lol the body ain't even cold yet!!!! https://t.co/TH5TUGg7Kt 1 day 14 hours ago
@jus10p What a weak shitty roasting squad. Way to not want to take the real heat. #BieberRoast 10 hours 24 min ago
@taylorswift13 RT @Madonna: @taylorswift13 Tonight was Taylor-made. Thanks for sharing the stage with me!! #MadonnaAndTaylor #iHeartAwards 1 day 7 hours ago
@ColinTilley RT @RellCTRL: So many multiple meanings in that film. Grade A top to bottom. #MrHappy 10 hours 33 min ago
@jus10p Shaq & Kevin Hart should wrestle eachother on stage for hours. It's fascinating that they are grown men 1 over grown & 1 under #BeiberRoast 9 hours 33 min ago
@taylorswift13 RT @Madonna: Even with no light we're gonna shine like GOLD! Thank you again TS. ❤️ #rebelhearts http://t.co/Yid5wdfFzP 1 day 7 hours ago
@JosephKahn I would like to direct a shared expansion universe of DOWNTON ABBEY and WALKING DEAD. 13 hours 40 min ago
@Videostatic I feel like the #YTMAs premiere onslaught has created a void of daily great music videos #spreaditout 2 hours 16 min ago
@ColinTilley RT @iAmManeater: Bran making us watch Mr. Happy again cause she wants to see if she feels the same way she did last night when she was high… 1 day 18 hours ago
@ColinTilley RT @Thack_Attack_: Mr.happy is the best thing I've watched 22 hours 39 min ago
@ColinTilley RT @toturntanjelica: Just watched " Mr. Happy " greatest short film I've seen in a while 23 hours 17 min ago
@ColinTilley RT @KevinCCedillo: Great job, @ColinTilley. Mr. Happy is incredible. 1 day 18 hours ago
@questlove we owe De La Soul hip hop. you hear me? WE OWE DE LA SOUL!!!!!! http://t.co/XgctsheLEP ----let this be the new precedent!! #DeLaKickstarter! 22 hours 31 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