As the most recent wave of protests against racial injustice ushered in an already dismal summer, racism deeply embedded across pop culture began to ooze to the surface. Better yet, it was always at the surface and some people finally decided to flick on their high beams to see it.
Then there was the ice-cream jingle.
It’s been an open secret that the highly recognizable summertime ditty is based on the tune “Turkey in the Straw,” which was co-opted in the 1900s as a minstrel show favorite.
Banjo player and actor Harry C. Browne recorded his infamous version in 1916 affectionately titled, “N***** Love a Watermelon, Ha! Ha! Ha!”
But it looks like Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA is getting the last laugh.
In partnership with ice-cream company Good Humor, RZA created a new jingle for ice-cream trucks—and it slaps.
Read more at Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/90540044/the-song-of-the-summer-is-rzas-new-jingle-for-good-humor-ice-cream