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The 100 Best L.A. Rap Songs

52. Ice Cube "The Nigga Ya Love To Hate" (1990)

Album: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
Label: Priority
Producer: The Bomb Squad


Over the course of his career, Ice Cube picked fights with Eazy E, Cypress Hill and damn near the entire East Coast region of the United States, but he was never bolder than when he attacked Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis in “Nigga Ya Love To Hate.” Forget rap music-Davis was easily the most gangster figure in Los Angeles at the time, some ungodly hybrid of General Douglas MacArthur and Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. Making demands on Al Davis was suicidal, but this was a year when Ice Cube spared no one his wrath.

At the peak of East Coast political rap, he cut through all the sloganeering and Afrocentric posturing until his every line was a Molotov cocktail of truth that he would use to burn down the city, the industry, the country at large.

Rappers are always looking for allies, but on “The Nigga Ya Love To Hate” Cube is an island. Ostracized and ridiculed by N.W.A, derided by the East Coast establishment, Amerikkka's Most Wanted is the sound of a lone gunman facing down an army. (In 2010 Cube would make amends, directing a documentary about his love for the Raiders and Al Davis, whom Cube called “a player's owner and a guy who's really just all about football.)

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