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Life in a Shanty Town

June 12 · Issue #206 · View online

The hip-hop newsletter that's not afraid to ask the tough questions

When Killer Mike took to that podium to ask people not to protest, it must have lit a fire underneath Ice Cube’s ass.
All this week, he’s been on Twitter dropping knowledge as if it were hot.
Yesterday, I spent about 20 minutes scrolling through his tweets, to get an idea of what he’s been posting, and I only made it through about half a day’s worth of posts. He must be posting hundreds of times a day.
Who even knew there were that many ostensibly anti-racist memes?
I’d heard that Cube has come under fire for allegedly anti-Semitic tweets, and I figured I’d better take a look. I didn’t want to think the worst about one of the best rappers of all time, but I didn’t want to deny anyone their lived experience.
I would never mount a defense of person without determining for absolute certain that they’re not in the wrong. Hence, for example, last week’s courageous defense of the aforementioned Killer Mike.
I turned up the tweets people are calling anti-Semitic not by downloading Cube’s entire archive and spending days of my life sifting through it, but by pulling up an article on Fox News (so you know it’s not true).
The first tweet, from going on a week ago, is a painting of a group of men of a certain age, but not necessarily a certain religion, playing Monopoly with real cash, like Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls (and AZ!), on a board being held up by black guys on their knees.
The caption reads, “All we have to do is stand up and their little game is over.” And then the caption added by Ice Cube reads, “Fuck the new normal until they fix the old normal!”
Because there’s nothing in the picture to indicate that the guys playing the game are Jewish, except maybe the way one of them is holding his money, there’s no need to further discuss this tweet.
The second tweet, posted on Wednesday, was a picture of a black Star of David with the outline of a cube in the center, along with pictures of black cube statues in Santa Ana, Manhattan, Australia and Denmark and a painting of a black cube next to Egyptian hieroglyphics.
One of the pictures was titled “Black Cube of Saturn,” but otherwise these were posted completely sans context, leaving the Internets to fill in the blanks.
As was the case with Jay Electronica’s reference to the Synagogue of Satan on A Written Testimony (I still kinda like it, questionable views aside), the black cube is new enough that no one seems to know what exactly it means yet, despite having been around since the days of ancient Egypt.
As I was writing this, Peter Rosenberg had yet to weigh in. Which came as a surprise. Did the Nation of Islam have a word with him after his remarks on Jay Electronica? We know it can’t be because Cube’s a legend. That didn’t stop him from going after Chuck D.
According to some guy from The Atlantic, who pointed out the irony of Ice Cube coming out against cubes, the black cube has long been considered a symbol of Jewish control. Conspiracy theories, he says, allow their proponents to flatter themselves into thinking that their prejudice is a mark of intellectual sophistication.
Sounds sophisticated!
I’m surprised that no one, based on a cursory perusal of both Twitter and The Google, has pointed out the connection between the Black Cube of Saturn and Black Cube, the Mossad-linked private spy agency used by Harvey Weinstein to gather dirt on his accusers, as revealed by Ronan Farrow in the now-discredited Catch and Kill.
Are blue checkmarks intentionally distancing themselves from Farrow to the point where they can’t mention his book?
More importantly, why would Black Cube, an organization created to defend Jewish people, like the Anti-Defamation League, name itself after something that’s long been considered a symbol of Jewish control?
It’s no disguise, it makes no sense and it doesn’t fit. If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!
Take it easy on yourself,

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