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Ice Cube - No Vaseline

Got damn, I'm glad y'all set it off.
Used to be hard, now you're just wet and soft.
First you was down with the ak,
And now I see you on a video with michel'le?
Lookin' like straight bozos.
I saw it comin', that's why I went solo.
And kept on stompin',
When y'all mothafuckers moved straight outta compton.
Livin' with the whites, one big house,
And not another nigga in site.
I started off with too much cargo,
Dropped four niggas now I'm makin' all the dough.
White man just rulin'.
The niggas with attitudes -- who ya foolin'?
Ya'll niggas just phony,
I put that on my mama and my dead homeys.
Yella boy's on your team, so you're losin';
Ay yo dre, stick to producin'.
Callin' me arnold, but you been-a-dick;
Eazy e saw your ass and went in it quick.
You got jealous when I got my own company,
But I'm a man, and ain't nobody helpin' me.
Tryin' to sound like amerikkka's most,
You could yell all day but you don't come close.
'cause you know I'm the one that flown,
Ya done run 100 miles, but you still got one to go.
With the l-e-n-c-h m-o-b, and y'all disgrace the c-p-t.
'cause you're gettin' fucked out your green by a white boy,
With no vaseline...

[refrain] (l.l. sample: "now you're gettin' done without vaseline...") 3x
(biz markie sample: "damn, it feels good to see people...on it")

The bigger the cap, the bigger the peelin',
Who gives a fuck about a punk-ass villain?
You're gettin' fucked real quick,
And eazy's dick, is smellin' like mc ren's shit.
Tried to tell you a year ago,
But willie d told me to let a hoe be a hoe, so
I couldn't stop you from gettin' ganked,
Now let's play big-bank-take-little-bank.
Tried to dis ice cube, it wasn't worth it
'cause the broomstick fit your ass so perfect.
Cut my hair and I'll cut them balls,
'cause I heard you're, like, givin' up the drawers.
Gang-banged by your manager, fella,
Gettin' money out your ass, like a mothafuckin' ready teller.
Givin' up the dollar bills,
Now they got the villain with a purse and high-heels.
So don't believe what ren say,
'cause he's goin' out like kunte kinte,
But I got a whip for ya toby;
Used to be my homey, now you act like you don't know me.
It's a case of divide-and-conquer,
'cause you let a jew break up my crew.
House nigga gotta run and hide,
Yellin' compton, but you moved to riverside.
So don't front, mc ren, 'cause I remember when you drove a b 2-10.
Broke as a mothafuckin' joke.
Let you on the scene to back up the verse team.
It ain't my fault, one nigga got smart,
And they rippin' your asshole apart.
By takin' your green, oh yeah,
The villain does get fucked with no vaseline.

[refrain scratched]

I never have dinner with the president.
I never have dinner with the president.
I never have dinner with the president.
And when I see your ass again, I'll be hesitant.
Now I think you a snitch,
Throw a house nigga in a ditch.
Half-pint bitch, fuckin' your homeboys.
You little maggot; eazy e turned faggot.
With your manager, fella,
Fuckin' mc ren, dr. dre, and yella.
But if they were smart as me,
Eazy e would be hangin' from a tree.
With no vaseline, just a match and a little bit of gasoline.
Light 'em up, burn 'em up, flame on...
Till that jheri curl is gone.
On a permanent vacation, off the massa plantation.
Heard you both got the same bank account,
Dumb nigga, what you thinkin' bout?
Get rid of that devil real simple, put a bullet in his temple.
'cause you can't be the nigga 4 life crew
With a white jew tellin' you what to do.
Pullin' wools with your scams, now I gotta play the silence of the lambs.
With a midget who's a punk too,
Tryin' to fuck me, but I'd rather fuck you.
Eric wright, punk, always into somethin', gettin' fucked at night.
By mista shitpacker, bend over for the gotdamn cracker, no vaseline...

“No Vaseline” is Ice Cube’s diss track about his former group N.W.A and their manager, Jerry Heller. Cube left N.W.A in 1989 over financial issues, and the group took shots at him on their 1990 EP 100 Miles & Runnin' and their 1991 album Niggaz4Life, particularly on their songs “Real Niggaz” and “Message to B.A..” Producer Sir Jinx revealed the following information about the creation of the song: "We had “No Vaseline” in AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted—he just didn’t put it on the record. Then we did Kill At Will. And then [N.W.A.] started dissin’ Cube, and then that’s why we [said], “It ain’t over!” And that’s the last song on Death Certificate, ’cause we never wanted to beef with [Dr.] Dre and them. It wasn’t like that. The crowd saw it like that, but it was not like that. It was only [Ice Cube standing up for himself]." On “No Vaseline,” Cube responds and addresses Eazy-E and Jerry Heller with particularly harsh words, accusing them of unfairly exploiting the group. He refers to Heller as a “Jew,” and suggests that the group murder him—a move that motivated a prominent Jewish Rights Organization to boycott Cube’s music. Cube’s wordplay, airing of dirty laundry, and passionate anger made “No Vaseline” one of the most celebrated battle rap songs ever. The song’s beat was produced by Cube and Sir Jinx, who sampled “Dazz” by ’70s funk band Brick. N.W.A. never responded to “No Vaseline.” About a year after the song was released, the group effectively broke up when Dre left Ruthless Records for many of the same reasons Cube did. Dre (and Snoop Doggy Dogg) responded to Cube on 1993’s “Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”: "Then we gonna creep to South Central On a street knowledge mission as I steps in the temple Spot him, got him, as I pulls out my strap Got my chrome to the side of his White Sox hat You trying to check my homey, you better check yourself Cause when you diss Dre you diss yourself, motherfucker" “No Vaseline” was later included on the Death Row Greatest Hits album, after Dre had split with the label. It’s widely believed Suge Knight released the track (and a related EP) as a dig at his ex-partner. The Death Row version omits the minute long intro and censors the word “Jew.” For similar reasons, the UK release of Death Certificate omitted the song altogether. In the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, “No Vaseline” is prominently featured in a particularly memorable scene that shows Eazy, Dre, Ren, Yella, and Jerry Heller reacting to hearing the song for the first time. Sir Jinx spoke further about Dre’s reaction: "Me and Dre done talked about it, and a couple of niggas got they ass whooped playing that song. You pulled up to Dre playin’ around…he might drag you out that car, jack. But, you know, [Dr. Dre is] my cousin—and you know I had the #1 song in [the movie] Straight Outta Compton, so it’s over with, you know?"

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