Thursday, August 21, 2008
Review: Ice Cube's Raw Footage
Ice Cube- "Do Ya Thang" (video stream)
Ice Cube suggests that he might run for President on Raw Footage. The lyrical content of his new release suggests that he'd be an ideal candidate for the Libertarian Party.
He promotes self-reliance ("don't let your m*therf*cking talent go to waste"), encourages a strong work ethic ("man up"), decries the failed educational system ("they trying to dumb us down"), lobbies for free speech, mocks rampant materialism, rails against pointless black-on-black violence, mocks the established African American power structure and questions the motivation of younger rappers.
In short, he sounds like a cranky, short-tempered reactionary. Raw Footage is the gangsta rap equivalent of "Get off my lawn, you damn kids!" And I respect Ice Cube all the more for it.
The focus is squarely on the veteran's booming delivery; Ice Cube's authoritative flow is second only to Chuck D's. Raw Footage may not be Straight Outta Compton, but my generational affinity with Ice Cube contributes to my deep affection for the release.
(Don't let the video mislead you; "Do Ya Thang" is perhaps Raw Footage's weakest track.)
Similarly, Tim Finn composed a remarkable essay about the relationship between aging and rock'n'roll.
Kansas City Click: The North Vs. South Music Festival begins tonight.