Ice Cube reveals Mr Rogers SUED him in 1990 for a song he wrote where he children’s theme song – Daily Mail

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Ice Cube reveals Mr Rogers SUED him in 1990 for a song he wrote where he children’s theme song – Daily Mail

Ice Cube reveals Mr Rogers SUED him in 1990 for sampling the TV icon’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor theme tune for his rap song

  • Ice Cube has revealed that Mr. Rogers sued him for using his theme song in the track A Gangsta’s Fairytale
  • Cube, 50, said Rogers was getting ‘five cents a record’ until the clip was removed
  • The rapper celebrated the 30th anniversary of his album AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted with an Instagram Live listening party on Wednesday 
  • The beginning of the track featured the theme song from Rogers’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and saw the late television host sue the hip hop star

By James Gordon For Dailymail.com

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Ice Cube has revealed he was once sued by children’s TV icon, Mr Rogers, for using his show’s theme tune without permission. 

The beef occurred soon after the American rapper’s first solo album came out in 1990.

He recalled how Fred Rogers was not happy with Ice Cube using the theme song to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood show called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? in the track A Gangsta’s Fairytale. 

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Ice Cube has revealed that Mr. Rogers sued him for using his theme song in the track A Gangsta’s Fairytale

The beginning of the track featured the theme song from Rogers’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and saw the late television host, pictured, sue the hip hop star

The surprising feud was revealed during an Instagram Live listening party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his album AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted which came out in 1990.

‘I actually wrote this for Eazy-E. But y’all know what it is, we wasn’t getting down at the time so I had to take it myself,’ Cube said. 

‘It’s a trip. Because, of this song, Mr. Rogers sued us. He was mad because we had the ‘Mister Rogers’ theme at the beginning of this s***. ‘It’s a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood’ and all that.’

Cube said that Rodgers was even receiving royalties for using the song and that he was ‘getting like five cents a record until we took that part off.’ 

‘That’s just a fun fact!’ Cube concluded. 

The solo album came after Cube left the hip-hop group N.W.A. reports Fox News.

The surprising feud was revealed during an Instagram Live listening party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his album AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted which came out in 1990

The rapper celebrated the 30th anniversary of his album AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted with an Instagram Live listening party on Wednesday

Rogers was 74-years-old when he died in 2003 from stomach cancer. 

He is remembered for teaching children abut kindness and life lessons through songs and talks in his Mister Roger’s Neighborhood show  that ran from 1968 until 2001. 

Rodger’s popularity experienced something of a resurgence thanks to the 2019 biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in which Tom Hanks played role of the television star.  

Cube explained that Rogers was getting ‘five cents a record’ until the clip was removed

Rodger’s wife, Joanne is now 91 and spoke warmly to People about the man whom she was married to for 51 years.  

‘People were important to him,’ Joanne Rogers told People magazine for its inaugural Kindness Issue in November. ‘He was to me and to the family who he is to everybody else.’

Rogers married Joanne, a pianist, in 1952 and they went on to have two sons. The couple stayed together until his death. 

‘If Fred found out a friend was ill, he would make regular calls and visits,’ she said. ‘When a high school friend in South Carolina had cancer, Fred went, even though he had hurt his ankle and was on crutches. It was very important for Fred to be there.’

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