Hip-hop heavyweight Ice Cube pushed back Sunday defending allying with President Trump to develop a plan to invest in black communities — saying he presented his ideas to both campaigns, and Trump’s was the one that sat down with him.
“I told everybody that I’m not playing politics with this,” the rapper and actor told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace of his “Contract with Black America” plan. “I’m willing to meet with anybody who could bring this to life and make it a reality.”
Cube — born O’Shea Jackson — said he resented his proposal to both the Trump administration and the campaign of his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
But while the Biden team pushed off a sit-down with Cube until after Election Day, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, met with him for three hours.
“They listened, heard what I had to say and pumped up their plan and presented it to the people,” said Cube, 51, on Sunday.
Trump last month unveiled a “Platinum Plan” to help bring prosperity to America’s black communities.
“We [black Americans] make up 13 percent of the country and we’re only getting .5 percent of the wealth in the country,” Cube said Sunday on Fox. “Descendants of slaves, the ones who built this country, are being kinda forgotten in the fray.”
But rather than praise, the “It Was a Good Day” rhyme-spitter received scorn for the partnership, being accused of selling out for working with Team Trump.
He also wrote on Twitter earlier this month that a scheduled prime-time interview on CNN was abruptly scrapped by the network after word of the partnership surfaced.
Cube told Wallace that he still doesn’t know whether he’s voting for Trump or Biden, but that he’s willing to work with either man to realize his vision.
“My daddy taught me a long time ago no matter who’s the president, you gotta get up and go to work in the morning,” he said.
The key to holding either man accountable, Cube said, is to “find pressure points; that’s the only way you can push.”
The artist who made a name bucking the system with gangsta rap group NWA in the 1980s told Wallace that while he still doesn’t like the power structure, he’s come to better grasp it with age.
“I still think it’s a bunch of stupid people that keep this system in place,” he said. “But for the most part I understand why it’s there.”