Ice Cube has returned with “Trying to Maintain,” his first solo release since 2018.
On the comeback track, the rap legend reflects on the strange year that was 2020, from the rise of ‘cancel culture’ to the peak of the coronavirus pandemic to an unforgettable presidential election. “Fuck your cancel culture, bitch / You can’t cancel a soldier, quit / See, I thought I told ya / Drunk or sober, tell you when it’s over,” he spits.
“I think this song captures how a lot of us felt in 2020 and now starting 2021. We are all out here trying to maintain some resemblance of normalcy, while also looking for important progress that is generations too late,” Cube said in a press statement. “I have always used my music to point out the realities of our society and I will continue to speak the truth—even when it is difficult.”
“Trying to Maintain” follows Cube’s 2018 solo album, Everythangs Corrupt, which featured the tracks “That New Funkadelic” and “Ain’t Got No Haters” featuring Too $hort. Between the releases, the rapper-actor appeared in the 2020 film The High Note alongside Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson.
Listen to “Trying to Maintain” below: