RZA wrote a new ice cream truck jingle to replace ‘racist’ song ‘Turkey in the Straw’

Get prepared to scream for ice cream — with a brand-new song.

RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, has partnered with Good Humor to write a cheerful new ice cream truck jingle in place of “Turkey in the Straw” — an earworm with a troubled historical past lengthy criticized for being racist.

“Remember that ice cream jingle?” the rap legend, 51, mentioned whereas introducing his new song. “Of course — everyone knows it. I’m not gonna play it proper now as a result of we come to discover out that it has racist roots.

“But test this out — Good Humor, they known as me up and so they was like, ‘We gotta do one thing about this, Riz. We can change the dynamics. We could make a new ice cream jingle for a new period,’ ” the rapper added.

In 2014, NPR documented the historical past of the tune, which was used in racist minstrel exhibits and have become popularized in 19th-century ice cream parlors that performed “fashionable minstrel songs of the day” and ultimately ice cream vehicles.

“[The] melody originated from British and Irish people songs, which had no racial connotations,” Good Humor wrote of “Turkey in the Straw” in a assertion on its web site. “But the song itself was first carried out (and gained reputation) in American minstrel exhibits in the 1800s. Some songs utilizing its identical melody contained extremely offensive, racist lyrics.”

“While these associations of ‘Turkey in the Straw’ will not be the solely a part of its legacy, it’s plain that this melody conjures reminiscences of its racist iterations,” Good Humor added.

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The new jingle will probably be added to music containers in customary ice cream vehicles, in accordance to the video.

“I can guarantee you that this one is made with love,” RZA mentioned at the finish of the clip.

Source nypost.com


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