70) Armond White on the Sister Souljah 360 Degrees of Power and the Ice Cube Death Certificate controversies -1992-
“Sister Souljah’s album 360 Degrees of Power counts as a jam primarily because she seizes an opportunity that’s usually forfeited by Black artists who have nothing to say, who only want to
make money. Some rap artists take the phrase ‘freedom of speech’ for more than a platitude; it’s mythic, full of promises not yet met in day-to-day living. It carries the potential for…”
“…It was difficult to defend the normally obnoxious Ice Cube, whose latest album Death Certificate (Priority Records) was full of his usual half-baked spite in such woof tickets songs as “The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit” and “Man’s Best Friend (Is A Gat).” But while most of the album shows him guilty of poor thought and meanness, his critics trumped up charges of anti-Jewish and anti-Korean bigotry. Specifically, Ice Cube was condemned for two cuts on a twenty-track album. Essentially, his personal politics were deemed less important thatn the offense critics chose to single out–and by singling it out, they ignored the context of Ice Cube’s anger. More important, they (deliberately?) failed to recognize the measure of his intellectual progress in the album. Death Certificate has a banal concept: The first half, …”
NOTE: Sister Souljah has come a long way since releasing her album. She’s written 3 books, one an autobiography entitled “No Disrespect”, 2 fiction novels: “The Coldest Winter Ever”, and a sequel entitled “Midnight: A Gangster Love Story”. Her novel “The Coldest Winter Ever” literally gave birth to the current urban novel craze.
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