Social media was set abuzz when Katrina Pierson, advisor to President Donald Trump, sent out a tweet that the administration had been working with Ice Cube.
“Shoutout to @icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the #PlatinumPlan. Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate. Thank you for leading!” The tweet said.
In an interview with RADIO.COM’s Big Tigger from V-103 in Atlanta, Ice Cube elaborated on why he chose to speak with the Trump administration and answer questions on whether or not that meant he endorsed the President.
Over the summer, Ice Cube released the Contract With Black America, a plan that aims to combat racial economic inequality and racism.
“When I put this out I was hoping the Democrats would be all over me,” Ice Cube said. He was eager to work with the party and help implement his ideas.
“I’ve been a staunch Democrat my whole life. But in doing the Contract With [Black] America what I learned is by just locking into one party, and if that party doesn’t come through, then nothing’s going to come through,” he said.
Of the Democratic party, Cube said, “fair enough, their plan was already out before the Contract With Black America even came out. But, that was months ago. I felt like their plan really didn’t go far enough,” he added.
The Trump campaign reached out to Ice Cube telling him “these are some of the issues that we didn’t know what was going on so we’d like to talk to you about the Contract With Black America.”
When it comes to executing his plan, Ice Cube doesn’t care who he has to talk to to help get it done. “Ain’t nothing wrong with talking to power,” he said.
“Every person I know trying to get something done has talked to power so that’s nothing, that’s a part of it. I expect to talk to every damn president until we get this contract done. I’m not playing the game of ‘I’m on this team and they’re on that team.’ I don’t think we can afford to do that. We can’t afford to be on nobody’s team. We got to be on the Black team and whoever is doing the most that’s how we roll.”
“Do I believe Donald Trump and do I believe these politicians and what they’re gonna do? Hell no,” he added.
“To me, they’re the same people, two sides of the same coin. One of them is just a little more polished than the other. But, they’re both white men from the ‘50’s. Both of them have in some ways been evil to Black people. We can’t be looking for a lesser evil, they're all evil.”
As far as his past interactions with President Trump, Ice Cube said there really wasn’t any. “I’ve never met Donald Trump in my life. Not even rapping and doing all the s*** I do. But I’ve never met him, I didn’t go to The White House. I did talk to his team,” he said.
Tigger asked him which candidate does Black America have more faith in to hold to their promises. “I think that’s a personal decision everybody has gotta make, that’s not really for me to say,” Ice Cube said.
“But I know somebody who says they’re my friend is a little light in the wallet from what they say they’re going to do. And then somebody who says they’re my enemy or we think is the enemy has come up with more. Now, that’s just a fact that’s not me pushing a program.”
When asked if anything has changed from his 2016 tweet about endorsing someone like Trump, Ice Cube responded “not really.”
“I’m just saying the facts of what was put on the table. To me, I’m not a serious man if I don’t take this conversation or this call with Trump’s team.”
Listen to the full interview below.