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Ice Cube slams conspiracy theorist who claims he was at "secret meeting" that changed rap

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Ice Cube had some choice words for a conspiracy theorist who accused him of being present at an alleged "secret meeting" that changed rap music.

The theory of "The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation" stems from an anonymous blog post on the website Hip Hop is Read from 2012.

In the post, the writer, who claims to have once been a powerful figure in the American music industry, claims that in 1991, he was present at a meeting at which a group of "decision makers" conspired to use rap music to indoctrinate the country's youth for their own benefit.

The writer alleges that the group decided to push gangster rap to the forefront of the music industry in order to promote criminal behaviour and thus fill up privately-owned prisons in which they could buy shares.

Though Cube, who was one of the forefathers of the gangster rap movement, has never addressed the alleged meeting, in an appearance on the “Club Random with Bill Maher” podcast last year, he made an unfounded claim that there is a link between America's music industry and its prison system.

“Literally the same people who own the labels own private prisons,” the former N.W.A rapper told Maher. ”The records that come out are geared to push people toward the prison industry."

On Monday, far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posted the clip of Cube's interview with Maher on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

Jones captioned his post: “CIA Race War Program Behind Radicalization Of Blacks Via Gangster Rap – Ice Cube Responds.”

The same day, another conspiracy theorist with the username Atarah Israel shared Jones' post and claimed that Cube either has knowledge of or was directly involved in the "secret meeting."

The next day, Cube responded.

"Opinions are like assholes," he wrote on X, quoting Israel's post. "Everybody has one and they all stink! What evidence do you have to make a statement like that?"

In 2020, Gigafact, a nonprofit dedicated to countering misinformation in the media, released a statement about the conspiracy theory linking America's music industry and its prison system.

"Allegations of ties between private-prison operators and the music business have been circulating on blogs and social media since 2012, but these have never been substantiated," reads the statement.


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