Ice Cube released a new original tune, “Only One Me,” that will be on his slightly belated 25th anniversary reissue of Death Certificate. The reissue of Cube’s 1991 classic will comprise three new songs in total, “Only One Me,” “Dominate The Weak” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”
On the transition, Ice Cube reveals on his legacy in his signature vitriolic tone: “I showed Tupac how to keep it gangsta/ I showed Biggie Smalls how to release his anger/ Who came before me?/ Melle Mel, Ice T, King Tee, KRS and the homey Chuck D,” the rapper roars.
“P.E., D.O.C., nigga know your history/ It’s Cube in top three/ And you’s a bitch to me/ Ice Cube, the name will live in infamy/ There’s a lot of yous, there’s only one of me.”
Death Certificate was initially recorded in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating that incited the Los Angeles riots. Cube designed the record to reflect that “state of emergency,” as he said, and formed the 20 songs into two groups. “The Death Side is a mirror image of where we are now,” while “The Life Side represents a vision of where we should really go.”
“Sadly, our community is dealing with many of the same issues,” Ice Cube stated. “I only hope that young millennials feeling powerless in the ’hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”
The Death Certificate reissue can be obtained on preorder digitally; buffs will get an immediate download of “Only One Me” with all preorders.