One of N.W.A.'s top tracks, "F--k Tha Police," is now more politically applicable than ever, and the group's breakout singer, Ice Cube, has been incredibly supportive regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. However, many are starting to question Ice Cube's actions and intentions, after the hip-hop star took to Twitter with some highly questionable tweets, which lead many to believe the rapper is anti-semitic.
Is Ice Cube actually an anti-semite? Or was his Twitter account simply hacked? Here's what we know regarding the actor and rapper's latest (and extremely erratic) social media activity.
Is Ice Cube an anti-semite?
Although Ice Cube has not explicitly stated that he is anti-semitic, the rapper recently tweeted a series of photos that reportedly reflect anti-semitic views. Some also apparently reflected the views of Qanon, a radical, right-wing organization that often tends to attract white supremacists as well as Trump supporters.
Ice Cube posted his first controversial tweet on Saturday June 6, which included an image of a mural that was deemed anti-semitic before it was taken down from a wall in London, according to Consequence of Sound. The mural depicts a group of "stereotypically Jewish" bankers playing a game of Monopoly atop the backs of Black men. The image includes the text, “All we have to do is stand up and their little game is over,” implying that Jewish people control everything, and must be overthrown.
The Friday actor followed up with yet another controversial image on Wednesday, June 10, when he shared an image of a Jewish star of David, featuring a black cube in the center. One meaning of the image apparently implies that three religions, including Judaism, are connected to planet Saturn, however, commenters have brought to light that the “black box” unlocks a conspiracy theory, which blames Jewish people for disasters such as 9 / 11 and the pandemic.
Many of his latest tweets also come from "Black Matters," a Russian propaganda website.
Along with underlying tones of anti-Jewish sentiment, the rapper has also posted Russian propaganda. According to The Independent, one memes he tweeted alleges that Europeans shot the noses from ancient Egyptian statues, which has since been proved incorrect. The image apparently came from a site called "Black Matters," which was initially a nonprofit news source for Black readers, but eventually, the URL was bought out and transformed into a Russian propaganda site.
These views have reportedly been linked to Qanon as well, an organization that reportedly believes Trump will bring justice to the U.S. It attacks a variety of public figures, and is famous for accusing hundreds of celebrities of involvement in human trafficking.
So, what is Ice Cube's deal?
Many believed Ice Cube's social media account was hacked, as he usually tends to come off as a decent human being. Hunger author Roxanne Gay tweeted, "It is impossible to take you seriously with regards to social justice or anything when you post anti-Semitic imagery. What the f--k are you doing?" while Twitter user @behbeeee also wrote, "please tell me someone else has noticed that Ice Cube has either gone insane or been hacked."
'Cube, however, refuted rumors that he was hacked, and confirmed that these were truly his views.
"This is CUBE. My account has not been hacked. I speak for no organization. I only speak for the meek people of thee [sic] earth. We will not expect crumbles from your table. We have to [sic] power of almighty God backing us all over the earth. NO MORE TALKING. Repent," he retorted.
Lately, Ice Cube has been somewhat under the radar. He's taken a step back from the music scene, which has largely been taken over by more contemporary names such as XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine, according to The Guardian. He also hasn't done many public appearances since his last stint on The Tonight Show in 2018, according to IMDB.
He may simply be going through some dark times.
We aren't sure where these negative vibes from The Cube are coming from, but needless to say, we're shocked. To paraphrase Kanye West, "we miss the old [Ice Cube]."