This is my favorite line – not because it’s the most “OMG I can’t believe he said that shit!” but because it is probably the best example of a line that is lyrical and at the same time very simple/catchy. He’s going from underworld slang to Biblical quotes to Happy Days in the space of 2 bars. . . AND it totally helps make the point of his song at the same time. And, just as an afterthought, he’s killing one of the Rodney King cops. If the SHEER AMBITION of that doesn’t take your breath away you are a stone lame. People on both sides of the "lyrical" vs. "catchy" debate need to step up their game because you CAN do both.
On his sex appeal:
Bitches treat the Bozac/ Like Prozac
On prison rape:
You’re gone / used to be the Don Juan/
Now you’re name’s just Twana/
-CHECK YO SELF
I even saw the lights of the Goodyear blimp/
And it read “Ice Cube’s a pimp!”
-IT WAS A GOOD DAY
On dating etiquette:
She said will you call me /
Yeah I’ll call ya /
A bitch or a hoe after I ball ya
– ONLY OUT FOR ONE THANG
On a bender:
Dumb ass hooker ain’t nothing but a dyke/
Suddenly I see some niggers that I don’t like
This was probably the most breath-taking line out of the whole STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPOTON album. Sure, “fuck tha police” was really punk, and all that drive-by stuff was shocking, buuuut. ..in this one he’s insulting women, gays, and black people all in the space of 2 bars, easily the most ambitious dis on the whole thing!
I’m a menace to society/
But girls in biker shorts are so fly to me!
After the date, I’ma want to do the wild thing/
You’re talking lobster, I’m thinking Burger King
– I AIN’T THE 1
Hit me with your big black billy-club/
Because you’re white and you’re holding A SILLY NUB.
Dr. Frances Cress Weisling would be proud.
“What the fuck is Ice Cube talking about?”/
That’s how you get these nuts parked in your mouth!
This is one of those rad turns-of-phrase where the obscenity kind of obscures the subtle brilliance. He’s not cramming his nuts in your mouth. He’s not shoving them in. He’s PARKING them. Like, they’re going to be in there a long time. They’re not going anywhere. Shit like this – the payoff you get when you unpack his choice of words – is why I think rappers should be more concerned with syntax than with slang. It’s easy to put a new, hot phrase or slang term as the chorus of your song, but to turn a new phrase is the best.
So don’t believe what Ren say/
Cause Ren’s going out like Kunta Kinte
– NO VASELINE
To gee or not to gee, that is the question/
Two eleven/ sorry Reverend!/
Oh my God, getting’ robbed/
Reach for the smog!
– REALLY DOE
“really doe” had like 90% of the best lines of the whole LETHAL INJECTION album.
Niggas get mad, tempers are flarin’/
Just because they got a few bitches starin’/
Just for the nappy head/
But scandalous bitches make for happy Feds!
On white women who like him:
You can’t get mine, ho!/
I’d rather fuck an albino/
At least I know she’s coming from the Nubian/
Not the Ku Klux Klan that you be in/
– CAVE BITCH
Out on the dance floor with a big behind/
Don’t get mad because your dick ain’t mine
– BANGIN’ AT THE PARTY
On the legacy of slavery:
the devil is a savage motherfucker/
That’s why I’m lighter than the average brother/
– HORNY LIL DEVIL
Here’s a “murder rap” to keep y’all dancing/
With a “crime record” just like Charles Manson
– STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
Knick knack, paddywack/
The Mack Daddy’s back/
Kidnapping bitches like the Patty Hearst jack/
Get a white hoe/ with a fo-fo/
To blow out a liquor sto’/
They can’t blame it on a ni-ga-ro!
– SAY HI TO THE BAD GUY
God damn, it’s a trip
Used to have the GI Joe with the kung-fu grip/
Now he’s straight crip/
Now he just sags, he used to flood!
– LIL ASS GEE
And get your ass ready for the lynching/
The Mobb is dropping common sense, and/
-NIGGA YOU LOVE TO HATE
Not the most technically great rhyme, or even a funny one. It’s just rad because only Ice Cube would even think about making “lynching” and “common sense-in’” rhyme. It shows just how fuckin’ demented his brain is.
You said ‘yeah’ because you thought you had a wholesome hoe
But nigga, she knows you’re rollin-in-some-dough
Seduce the G /
Bust a nut, and make an excuse-to-leave
– CAN’T TRUST ‘EM
allright, next time : TOP TEN WORST ICE CUBE LINES. Because I need to get off his dick before he tells my bitch to come here.