"Black Korea" as written by and O'shea Jackson....
Every time I wanna go get a fuckin' brew
I gotta go down to the store with the two
Oriental one penny countin' motherfuckers
That make a nigga mad enough to cause a little ruckus
Thinkin' every brother in the world's out to take
So they watch every damn move that I make
They hope I don't pull out a gat and try to rob
They funky little store, but, bitch, I got a job
"Look, you little Chinese motherfucker
I ain't tryin' to steal none of yo' shit, leave me alone!"
"Mother fuck you!"
Yo, yo, check it out
So don't follow me up and down your market
Or your little chop suey ass'll be a target
Of the nationwide boycott
Juice with the people, that's what the boy got
So pay respect to the black fist
Or we'll burn your store right down to a crisp
And then we'll see ya
Cause you can't turn the ghetto into black Korea

"Mother fuck you!"


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"Black Korea" as written by O'shea Jackson

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    General Comment@rustinpiece
    hey dipshit you ever heard of irony? by doin a song that highlights the racial tensions between asians and blacks he is showing how dumb this is and how they should band together as minorities

    or at least thats what shadow was gettin at, no ideaa if thats what ice cube meant
    friendlyspoonon October 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAh, aryan-brethren is agianst racism. Charming. And i'm against calling people stupid ignorant fuckheads. You stupid ignorant fuckhead.
    shadowwiththeeyeson October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt may sound like a racist song, but the real meaning's in the subtext. It's about the problem of how minorities that are discriminated against don't band together to fight the racism, but are far more likely to become more insular and suspicious, and end up discriminating against each other, worsening the problem.
    shadowwiththeeyeson April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPeople arent stepping back and looking at the TIME this record was made, and the CIRCUMSTANCES in which it was made.

    In the early 90s, we all know south central was a crazy place, tensions were really high. And in the midst of all that, you have these asian families, who move to america, in a 98% black inner city neighborhood. This is a clash waiting to happen..

    The asian families in the inner city didnt like blacks for the most part, they were distrustful of us, we were distrustful of them. there was no attempt on either side to understand each other. there were all kind of barriers up (language, culture etc)

    Black korea was a song made at the height of frustration, he was the voice for all of the people who felt like this. This song was made BEFORE the riots...

    and when the riots happened, look at all the asian owned establishments that got torn down, that was unfortunate... but it affirms that black korea was a warning message of how the mistrust and miscommunication was gonna lead to something bad.
    Chuck Tayloron October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of that scene in Menace II Society.
    quiffpornon May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAryan remember this

    by aryan_brethren on 09-11-2002 @ 02:24:21 PM
    If you don't want racist comments on your site you should think about taking off the racist songs (i.e. Ice Cube's Black Korea) and I quote another Ice Cube song: Don't bust (fire a weapon) until you see the white of his eyes, the WHITE of his SKIN, and white of his lies. Both songs are featured on you site. So before you censor a MESSAGE BOARD, think about the songs you have posted on this site.

    -Thank You

    P.S. White Power


    well what were you talking about i do not see those words in these lyrics?
    PoLaK_4_LiFeon July 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile aryan_brethren is obviously a racist cracker asshole, I do agree that the lyrics in this song are racist and I think if it was Eminem, rapping about hating the Koreans in his neighbourhood, there would have been a massive outcry.

    It seems to me, that society cannot do Political Correctness, without leaping from one extreme to the other. It seems that a lot of the time, people are scared to challenge racist comments made by people of another race, for fear of being branded a racist, themselves. It seems to me, that as I said before, Political Correctness, has never found a middle ground, years ago, intollerance of Black and Indian people (at least in Britain) was "The norm" and any critisism of white people was met with the standard response of "If you don't like it, fuck off back to your own country", today it is totally the opposite, with many white people branded as racists, based on non race related matters and racism perpetrated by Black or Indian people, not raising an eyebrow.

    - Racism should not be tolerated, regrdless of the race of the person commiting it -
    quiffpornon November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that's true, I had never viewed it from that angle...
    quiffpornon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song in itself is a racist song, the ‘unnecessary division between minority groups’ subtext, that you made mention of, is more of a by-product than the actual message. In terms of what’s actually there, it seems to be simply a song about how Ice Cube hates the people who run the local convenience store, because he believes that they view all black people as thieves, I am pretty sure that the idea that they are really in the same boat, didn’t actually occur to him.
    quiffpornon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat's basically the direct meanign of the song, I guess it's just up to us to decide how intentional the subtext was. Based on some of his stuff with NWA, I tend to think it was on purpose. The thing is, with most of the early rap that gets criticised for it's themes and 'promoting' the stuff it's about (Tupac, NWA, Ice-T, Public Enemy...) it's really the subtext and the implications that are the important part.
    shadowwiththeeyeson April 15, 2005   Link

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