Ice Cube – Good Cop, Bad Cop

• “Good Cop, Bad Cop” original music video. Thanks to Ice Cube / Cubevision.

10 “Utterly perfect Hip Hop / Rap from the USA”

Digitial single release in June, 2017.

I watched Straight Outta Compton on Netflix the other month (recommended) and it reminded me of just how much I loved Ice Cube in the 1990s. That got me to digging around to see what he’s been up to lately; the fire still very much burns in his belly. “Everythang’s Corrupt”, his latest album from December 2018, features titles such as the title-track itself, “Arrest The President”, “Chase Down The Bully” as well as today’s featured cut, “Good Cop, Bad Cop”, which first saw the light of day as a digitial download single back in the summer of 2017.

It’s a one-chord savage assault on racist judges, police brutality, bent cops and the lazy cops who turn a blind eye for the sake of an easy life. The key phrase “black police showing out for the white cop” directly quotes his own lyric from N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police”, released in 1988. As far as Cube’s concerned, nothing’s changed in the 30 years since:

We had done ‘Fuck tha Police’ so many years ago. With the emergence of Straight Outta Compton the movie, we realized that it’s still the same thing that’s going on. We needed a more up-to-date version of the community talking to the police and the authorities. Now we appealing to the good cops to turn in the bad cops. That’s the first line of defense for us; all the respect that police used to have is being sucked away by these bad apples.

It’s been a while since I posted a perfect 10 on this blog (LaVern Baker in case you’re interested) so it’s exciting for me to find another. “Good Cop, Bad Cop” couldn’t be any more perfect; Cube is seething, righteous and fiery, his lyrics pulling no punches and taking no prisoners, just as they’ve always done. The classy backing-track relentlessly marches with purpose, laced with horns, icy keys and ominous undertones; you can feel the tension. When it comes to delivering a message, nobody does it better.

Break em off some
Good cop, good cop, rollin’ with that bad cop,
What you doing boy, turning that blood clat,
Buck shot-shot-shots, they fly through the drug spots,
Robots, can’t give a damn who the fuck’s shot,
Clean cop, clean cop, fucking with that dirty cop,
Don’ act like yo ass never heard of that,
Clean cop, clean cop, rollin’ with that mean cop,
Still tryna’ act proud as a peacock,
You know that mean cop might need a detox,
Motherfucker’ tryna blow me out my Reebocks,
But I swing like Jack and the Beanstalk,
Chop them down, when these bitches tryna lock me down,
Hit the ground, hit the turf, walk the earth,
Cube kidnap your mind, Patty Hearst,
Bust a verse, that’ll make your ass hit reverse,
Kill the curse that was placed on the universe,
West coast war lord, blacker than the black night,
Fuck-a-black-n-white, when they ain’t actin’ right,
Good cop, good cop, fillin’ out your report,
Bad cop asking you to distort,
Bad cop asking you to lie in court,
Send another young brother up north,
Send another young sister off course,
While these motherfuckers chill on the golf course.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop,
White police showin’ out for the black cop,
Black police showin’ out for the white cop,
White police showin’ out for the black cop.

Lazy cop, fuckin’ with that crazy cop,
Always braggin’, ’bout that new case they got,
Do or die cop, with that suicide cop,
Tell the truth cop, with that true or lie cop,
Bro you fuckin’ high cop, don’t even try cop,
Ain’t no motherfuckin’ drugs up in my spot,
All you find in my closet is the high top,
And my motherfuckin’ tickets to the sky box,
Hold up nigga, I’m a rider,
Use a roll up, yep, dick controller,
Make me mad, that’s when I get swol’ up,
The Incredible Hulk is bipolar,
Come after cuffs, knock off the rust,
Throw my hands up, you still wanna bust,
The Trojan horse, is full of excessive force,
When they try get aggressive, niggas off the porch.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop,
White police showin’ out for the black cop,
Black police showin’ out for the white cop,
White police showin’ out for the black cop.

Good cop, good cop, where is your dignity?
Where’s your empathy?
Where is your sympathy?
Bad cop, where’s your humanity?
Good cop, is that just a fantasy?
Hell on that nigga, snitch on that bitch,
Truth be told, motherfuck the blue code,
Fuck the po-po actin’ like Deebo,
Already know Craig-a-let the brick go,
Black Lives Matter, it’s not chit chatter,
‘Cause all they wanna do, is scatter brain matter,
A mind is a terrible thang to waste,
A nine is terrible in your face,
The mace has a terrible fuckin’ taste,
The pen is a terrible fuckin’ place,
The kings all hate the fuckin’ ace,
The judge sabotaged my fuckin’ case,
Racist motherfucker.

Black police showin’ out for the white cop,
White police showin’ out for the black cop.