Recent photos of Ice Cube and Kanye West appear to show that they’ve reconciled following a 2022 antisemitism controversy. The two artists were photographed outside of Ice Cube’s Los Angeles area home, smiling and hugging. Last year, Ye was slammed for making various antisemitic comments online and in interviews. One social media post saw him declare “death con 3” on jewish people. “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” he tweeted. He later defended the Tweet, claiming that because he’s black, he’s unable to be antisemitic.
Ye wrote, “The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.” Ye later appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where he claimed to be “envious” of Jewish people. “I’m envious of how they don’t abort their children,” he began. The rapper continued, “I’m envious of how they don’t shoot each other in the streets and then rap about it.” He went on to say, “I want that for the darker Jews, I want that for Black people. We need that.” Ye’s various comments about jewish people, unsurprisingly, caused him to get slammed by various media outlets and online commenters.
Ice Cube Responded To Kanye’s Claims
Following the controversy, Ye claimed that his behavior was inspired by Ice Cube. “Cube’s really set me up for this,” he said on Drink Champs, “[Ice Cube] really influenced me to get on this anti-Semite vibe. I’m here to finish the job.” Ice Cube later denied that he had any influence on the artist’s beliefs.
“I didn’t put the batteries in his back. Please leave my name out of all the anti-semitic talk. I’m not antisemitic and never have been,” Ice Cube wrote on Twitter. He later appeared on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, where he addressed Kanye West. “Talk your s**t if you want to, but don’t blame me for s**t. If I ain’t up there speaking for myself, don’t blame me,” he told Ye.