Rap icon Ice Cube has come full circle, from his 2018 song calling for the arrest of President Donald Trump, to consulting for the Trump campaign to reach black voters.
The 51-year old superstar confirmed this week that he was contacted by both the Trump and Biden campaigns as they prepared for the upcoming November 3rd election. The campaigns reached out regarding black voters in the context of his Contract With Black America, or CWBA, Project.
Ice Cube tweeted about backlash he has received for helping the Trump campaign on Wednesday. “Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA,” he then added “Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.”
The heading on Ice Cube’s CWBA website reads, “This Contract With Black America was designed to start the hard conversations. It was made to be perfected and debated. So please add comments and suggestions so we can create a better contract with America that will help create a better and more perfect Union.”
The backlash seems to stem from a tweet Trump senior advisor Katrina Pierson sent on Tuesday, “Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan.” The tweet also featured a link to the proposal and the statement “Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading.”