Rapper Ice Cube Talks Police Brutality and Racial Prejudice On The Project

The Project caught up with rapper Ice Cube, as they discussed police brutality and racial issues in the U.S.

What you need to know
  • Ice Cube believes in using his fame as a platform to expose police brutality and racial issues
  • The legendary rapper will be taking over the Opera House for Sydney's Vivid Festival

Legendary rapper Ice Cube is known for his views on U.S. police brutality and racial prejudice.

Chatting with The Project ahead of his Opera House performances for Sydney's Vivid Festival, Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, had a few things to say.

Questioned about the NFL's new rules allowing players to be fined for 'bending the knee' during the National Anthem, the N.W.A rapper said the decision went against the beliefs of the U.S.

"I think it is dumb. It is one of the dumbest decisions the NFL has made," he said.

"It goes against what our country is supposed to be about, which is freedom of speech, it is one of our basic rules and you should have the freedom to express yourself."

Ice Cube said he didn't think the issue of police brutality against black communities was getting any better in his homeland.

"It is the same. It is the same as it's always been. All we can do is really expose the brutality when we see it," he said.

"Thank God for camera phones. We are starting to get some convictions when cops go overboard and we should.

"We should hold them to a higher standard than we hold our citizens. It is time for us to put a cap on this and treat people like they should be treated."

He praised Childish Gambino's new music video, 'This Is America', for using "artistic magic" to shed light on the issue, and said the message behind the song was what music is about.

Ice Cube said it was his duty to use his platform to expose these issues and speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.

"I have a platform. I need to use it. Most of my family, cousins, people I grew up with, still living in the hood and they still got to deal with it," he said.

Ice Cube will be taking over the Opera House for four exclusive shows between 25 and 28 May for Sydney's Vivid Festival.

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