Watching him take comic turns in movies and beer commercials, it's shocking that the same man once released songs like "No Vaseline," a raw (get it?) track where he takes on members of his former group, N.W.A. (Ice Cube was the first member to leave the group, splitting after their first tour in a spat over earnings).
Written by Cube and produced by Sir Jinx, according to the 1994 publication The Book of Lists: The '90s Edition
, by David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace, "No Vaseline" appears on Adam Block's Secret Subjects of 15 Pop Songs
. Actually, it was never that secret, this is what is known as a diss track
, and was directed by Cube at his former bandmates in NWA, and most vehemently against his former manager Jerry Heller
, who was not only white but Jewish. It includes the couplet:Get rid of that devil real simple
Put a bullet in his temple
This led to Cube being denounced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which obviously read anti-Semitism into his posturings. In the November 2, 1991 edition of the Los Angeles Times
, Brian Turner, President of Cube's record company Priority responded, "Ice Cube's lyrics represent nothing more than a macho put-down kind of thing that stems from a long-standing feud between Cube and his former group, N.W.A. and that group's manager, Jerry Heller." It was not, he said, "anti-Semitic."
Cube himself was quoted: "I'm not against Jews in either of those songs..." (the "either" was a reference to "True Game").