Ice Cube -- who has built a successful career as a Hollywood actor, screenwriter and producer -- recently released his first studio album in eight years. He'll perform at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas on Saturday, March 16. 

Ice Cube -- who has built a successful career as a Hollywood actor, screenwriter and producer -- recently released his first studio album in eight years. He'll perform at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas on Saturday, March 16. 

Special Contributor/Brandon Wade

More than 25 years ago, Ice Cube offered a brief glimmer of hope in "It Was a Good Day," his hit about a rare peaceful moment in the hood.

These days, he's not so optimistic.

"Everythang's a scam, beat the next man/It's capitalism, they'll just build a new prison," he raps in the title track to Everythang's Corrupt, his 10th and latest studio album, and his first in eight years.

At age 49, the kid from South Central Los Angeles has become a rich capitalist himself, with a successful side career as a Hollywood actor, screenwriter and producer. Straight Outta Compton, which he co-produced, was the highest-grossing music biopic of all time until Bohemian Rhapsody came along.

Ice Cube hit it big in the late 1980s with the rap group N.W.A. before embarking on a solo career. 

Ice Cube hit it big in the late 1980s with the rap group N.W.A. before embarking on a solo career. 

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The rapper's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., starred as Cube in Compton, which told the gritty story of N.W.A., the infamous gangsta rap group best known for its 1988 song "[Expletive] Tha Police." The group split in 1991, but its lyrics about police harassment and violence against blacks are as relevant as ever.

Cube -- who performs Saturday night at South Side Ballroom -- tackles the topic once again in his new song "Good Cop, Bad Cop," shining a spotlight on officers who shield their partners' bad behavior. Fittingly, the tune samples "[Expletive] Tha Police," which outraged conservative pundits and drew a stern warning from the FBI when it was first released.

"When they hear gangsta, they don't listen to the tone and they don't understand that we might be using fiction to reflect all the bull [expletive] that's going on in the world. They just assume we're promoting violence," Ice Cube told The Dallas Morning News in 1996.

On Everythang's Corrupt, Cube crisscrosses society to talk about problems ranging from fascism to the plague of booze, cigarettes and junk food in black communities. He saves his angriest commentary for the White House in "Arrest the President," a dramatic track that accuses Trump of colluding with Russian intelligence, among other crimes.

"When it rains, it pours," he raps. "Did you know the new white was orange?"

Ice Cube tells plenty of grim stories in his songs, but he also likes to send concertgoers home on a positive note. Don't be surprised if he ends his set Saturday with "That New Funkadelic," a joyous new track that pays tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton.

He might not be a master of funk, but Cube knows how to have a little fun amid all the tales of woe and misery.

Ice Cube and opening act Paul Wall perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. $59.50 plus fees. southsideballroomdallas.com

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