Ice Cube does not want to hear comparisons with Lil Wayne, Lil Pump or Waka Flocka Flame. Before joining forces with other rap stars, he wants you to know that he did his homework before he spoke with President Donald Trump when he promoted the “Treaty of Black America” to empower black Americans economically.
On Twitter, he noted that he consulted with scientists, economists, and politicians who have prominently advocated improving the lives of black people. In particular, he named Dr. Claud Anderson, Derrick Hamilton, Robert Jones, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Andrew Young. He concluded his note with the words: “Stop lumping me in with other people just because they are rappers.
Here is the full tweet of Ice Cube:
I have worked with Dr. Claude Anderson, Derrick Hamilton, Robert Jones and Dr. Boyce Watkins. I have also consulted with Andrew Young before talking to either party. Stop swamping me with other people just because they are rappers. https://t.co/r2jpGevRj7
– Ice Cube (@icecube) October 30, 2020
At the end of last month, the rapper and actor met with Trump and Jared Kushner, a move that was heavily criticized by many of his fans and members of the black community. Ice Cube later said that the meeting and the expression of gratitude to the administration was not an unqualified endorsement. He also said that he wanted to work with whoever wins the election, but that he still wanted to praise Trump for at least attending the meeting and listening to him.
His tweet today was itself a response to someone who said he and Lil Wayne lacked the right knowledge to discuss such matters with the President. The author, Nava Moore, concluded by saying, “Celebrities are not excluded from discussing these issues, but let those with experience in this matter be moderators.
Moore identifies himself on his Twitter account as a “futurist, stoic student, actor, creator of physics content. Here are his complete thoughts on the subject, or at least all his thoughts that might fit within the character boundaries of a tweet:
Nothing against @icecube or @LilTunechi, but established and qualified scientists and economists should present a plan to the administration. Celebrities are not excluded from discussing these topics, but let those with experience in the field be the moderators. https://t.co/pgJykne90a
– Nava Moore (@NavaMoore) October 30, 2020
Moore’s own message was written in response to another Twitter user’s reply to the message that Lil Wayne was meeting with Trump. This message came from Jamyle Cannon, who runs a Chicago-based non-profit program called The Bloc that teaches young people how to box to keep them on the right track in life.
Cannon wrote: “There are so many scholars, economists, activists and community leaders that Trump could have consulted to discuss a plan for Black America. But he spoke with Ice Cube and Lil Wayne. Sounds legitimate.”
There are so many scholars, economists, activists and community leaders that Trump could have consulted to discuss a plan for Black America. But he talked to Ice Cube and Lil Wayne. Sounds serious. https://t.co/Ca4xqMQMkI
– Jamyle (@jamylecannon) October 30, 2020
Lil Wayne is the youngest rapper to get fans to praise the president. Yesterday, the Young Money star tweeted support for Trump’s “Platinum Plan”, the White House’s own proposal for the economic promotion of black Americans. After his own meeting with the President, Lil Wayne wrote that he “listened to what we had to say today and assured that he will and can do it”.