Black Korea

Album: Death Certificate (1991)
  • 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!" Writer/s: O'SHEA JACKSON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Alexander from London, United KingdomIf you really want to understand why Korean shopkeepers and so many white people regard law-abiding black as potential muggers or worse I suggest you ask women why when they travel alone at night they regard all men as potential rapists. Or you might check out Chris Rock's "Black People v Ni--ers" routine.
    Re police brutality, you are WAY off-beam. Never heard of Liddle Towers? Check out the songfacts. Check out too the many videos on Youtube of white people, some elderly or under-age, being tasered, beaten up or simply abused by uniformed thugs? Or the black police officer who assaulted Nicola Fischer at the 2009 London protests. Police brutality is not and never has been about "racism", a disease that doesn't exist anyway, and I would refer you to my researches on this chimera to enlighten your darkness.
    A Baron
  • Hugh from Liverpool, United KingdomOnce again Ice-Cube has recorded a racist song.
  • Matthew from Atlanta, GaI have to diagree with Mr. Baron on many points. The riots following the Rodney King assailant trial were inevitable well before the cops' eventual acquittal. Police brutality was/is a fact of life in Los Angeles, and much of Ice Cube's body of work deals with that issue.
    "Black Korea" gives voice to the daily frustration that some blacks experienced in the 1990s when they spend what little money they have in poor neighborhoods in shops where the owners treat you like a criminal as soon as you walk in the door. When even law abiding black citizens are wary of the wrath of white cops and Asian disdain daily - it becomes even harder to avoid looking at life through a racial prism.
    As for the $75K contract... had Ice Cube accepted it, he would have had to forfeit any rights to the songs he performed or wrote with NWA. Jerry Heller, who wrote the contract, figured some teenagers from the hood would never turn down that kind of money. Of course, Ice Cube saw that situation through a racial prism as well that he discussed in "No Vaseline" on the same album.
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