"Keep Ya Head Up" may be described as an ode to especially black women, and is dedicated to the memory of Latasha Harlins. It is also the antithesis of Ice Cube's angry and misconstrued "Black Korea
Latasha Harlins was a 15-year-old black girl who was shot dead in Los Angeles by Soon Ja Du, a Korean store owner. Du was in the front of the store while her husband was in the back. For whatever reason she thought the girl was trying to steal a bottle of orange juice; there was a short but violent altercation, and Harlins was shot in the back of the head.
Du was convicted only of voluntary manslaughter, and was incredibly sentenced to only five years probation, 400 hours community service and a $500 fine. The case was heard between the beating of Rodney King and the acquittal of his assailants. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Du's store was burned to the ground in the riots that followed the second trial, and never reopened.