Saturday 16th May 3PM PST, 6PM ET, 11PM GMT don’t forget to kick it wit Ice Cube on IG live. He’ll be Bumpin’ AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and giving insight (track by track) on the making of a masterpiece.
30 years to the day. #AMWat30
With socio-political conscious and gangsta rap content, its songs delve into the issues of ghetto life, drug addiction, racism and poverty. Throughout the album, Ice Cube incessantly attacks institutional racism, as well as social norms which directly or indirectly allowed the oppression of those living in the ghettos of Los Angeles to continue. On “Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside),” he predicts that his neighborhood would become a flash point for violence before 1992’s scandal over the beating of Rodney King, and takes police to task for the policies that would later lead to the L.A. riots that resulted.
Throughout the album, Cube takes some controversial stands, referring to certain types of African-Americans as “Oreo cookies”, an epithet implying that they appear black on the outside, but have, internally, negative white tendencies. Arsenio Hall is specifically mentioned as being a “sell-out.” Cube also heavily criticizes R&B and hip hop radio stations for watered-down broadcasting. The title song directly parodies the television show, America’s Most Wanted, alleging bias and denouncing the glee the program displays in arresting African-American men.