True to the Game
|"True to the Game"|
|Single by Ice Cube|
|from the album Death Certificate|
|Released||September 15, 1992|
|Genre||Gangsta rap, West Coast Hip-Hop, Political hip hop|
|Producer(s)||Ice Cube, Sir Jinx|
|Ice Cube singles chronology|
In the video, Ice Cube kidnaps various rappers (some resembling his former bandmates) who are portrayed as "record sellers" and not "true to the game". The video's outdoor scenes are set on Crenshaw Boulevard, which in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots featured many burned-out buildings. Another scene in a photo studio shows a rapper (apparently intended to be MC Hammer) clad in hardcore-style clothing who later changes into a red sequined outfit, symbolizing and parodizing his transition into mainstream pop music.
Meaning of lyrics
"True to the Game" laments the trend of hip hop artists and other celebrities crossing over into mainstream music. More broadly, the song's lyrics criticize African American assimilation into the middle class.
In particular, he calls out rappers who switch from hardcore in an attempt to cater to overwhelmingly white audiences at the expense of integrity, those who fail to be in touch with their roots, and especially blacks who align themselves in a white clique at the expense of snobbery towards their own:
- You put on your suit and tie and your big clothes, You don't associate with the NEGROES
- You wanna be just like Jack, But Jack is calling you a nigger behind your back.
- So back off genius, I don't need you to correct my broken English.
- Forman, M.; Neal, M.A. (2004). That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Taylor & Francis. p. 382. ISBN 9780203642191. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
- Hess, M. (2007). Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture. 2. Greenwood Press. p. 313. ISBN 9780313339042. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
- Forman, M.; Neal, M.A. (2004). That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Taylor & Francis. p. 386. ISBN 9780203642191. Retrieved 2014-11-30.
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