Rock Bottom: Songs From the Crack Era

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"A Bird in the Hand," Ice Cube

On Ice Cube's second solo LP, 1991's Death Certificate, this song made an impassioned socio-political case as to why many young Black folks took to slinging crack, and pointing out that around that time, even the politicians were getting lifted Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry was busted smoking the stuff.

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