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October 20, 2017

The Birth

In this blog post I will continue with my assessment of the classic hip-hop album The Death Certificate from hip-hop icon Ice Cube. In the previous post I wrote I went through side A of the album which he called the death side he painted a picture of black people and our own self-destructive behavior which is a sad state because the things he spoke of we are still in the same predicament it’s 25 years later.

On to the birth side where he forces us to look in the mirror and address our issues individually and grow stronger as a nation. The birth side starts with an interlude of a child being born.

The Birth:

Dr. Bruce, telephone please, Dr. Bruce, telephone, please

C'mon, c'mon, honey, push a little harder, it's not all that bad
I see the head
Push! Push!
C'mon!
C'mon, push!
C'mon, honey!
Push!

It's a boy

The black man and black woman have no further!
No beginning and no ending, before alpha, and after omega!
History and historians'll record
The black father and mother of morality, m...

October 17, 2017

It has been an overwhelmingly strong reemergence of interests in entrepreneurship in the Black community in the United States. With Dr. Boyce Watkins, Dr. Umar Johnson, Dr. Claud Anderson, Killer Mike and Willie D to name a few pushing for Black financial independence and Jay Z releasing his latest album 4:44 that has heavy overtones of financial literacy and talks of establishing your own and escaping the corporate plantation. It brought to mind one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever recorded and released in my opinion Death Certificate by Hip-Hop Icon ice Cube. He spoke of financial freedom 25 years before Jay Z, I’m going to take this time to re-visit this work of art and give my assessment of the lyrics track by track.

Death Certificate released in October of 1991 by solo artist Ice Cube former founding member of gangster rap group N.W.A. Cube had always spoke with a sense of revolution in his lyrics even in his N.W.A. days but with the release of Death Certificate he addressed iss...

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