If America needs a soundtrack to articulate the anger, fear and discontent many feel over Ferguson, the Baltimore Uprising and the all-too-frequent instances of police brutality against unarmed Black men and boys, Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted still fits the bill.
The record, which came out 25 years ago this weekend (May 15), is sadly an accurate portrait of current times rather than simply a look back at a more unjust era. Though Cube himself has moved on from his gangster rap roots, the actor, producer and recording artist is still hip hop to his core.
As part of BET's four-hour documentary on the origins and evolution of hip hop, Cube recalls his earliest encounter with rap, when he was ten years old in the back seat of his uncle's car. "He played this one song...'Rapper's Delight,'" Cube says. "It blew my mind. I never knew that music could be that dope." Ever since then, he says, "I just couldn't get enough. I was thirsty for anything hip hop."
Watch the clip from The Message below.