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Ice Cube Tray

I have a freezer in my kitchen. It doesn’t have an icemaker. My roommates and I have to use ice cube trays. An ice cube tray is a plastic or rubber flexible trough that you pour water into, then you stick it in the freezer. The freezer makes the water really cold and really cold water turns into ice. It’s not magic. It’s science or physics or something. I don’t know, it’s been way too long since I was in school. Anyway, if you like ice but don’t have an icemaker, ice cube trays are the way to go. Your only other option is buying ice at the store, but that requires wearing pants. The only major downside to ice cube trays is that they don’t refill themselves automatically. You have to do it yourself. Consequently you’ll often find empty ice cube trays in the freezer.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Straight Outta L.A.

Straight Outta L.A. is an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary directed and narrated by Ice Cube. It’s about the Los Angeles Raiders and the rise of gangster rap in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. This was a tumultuous time in L.A. The crack epidemic was going on, police brutality was common, gangs and violence were rampant. The Raiders were a team that was a little rough around the edges and played a little dirty, but they won games and the city of Los Angeles quickly adopted them as their own. Among those fans was a young Ice Cube and the other founding members of NWA. They were pioneers in hip-hop and brought a new, raw style of rapping that came to be called gangster rap.

Ice Cube and the rest of NWA chose to use Raiders gear as part as their image. The iconic pirate logo and powerful silver and black colors became synonymous with gangster rap, and the two became linked for better or for worse. Ice Cube’s film features interviews with Raiders legends like Al Davis, Howie Long, and Marcus Allen as well as hip-hop legends like Ice T and Snoop Dogg to tell the story of how the Raiders influenced rap music and a city, changing the world in the process.

I know a few Raiders fans. I respect them a lot more after watching this documentary.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Crunching Ice With Your Teeth

You’re reaching the end of your cup of Coke and all that’s preventing you from throwing it away are the seventeen half melted ice cubes with a hint of Coke flavor. You take off the lid and tilt a few cubes into your mouth. You start to crunch and chew and feel oddly satisfied. You proceed to finish off the rest of your ice, pausing only to use your straw to get that last stubborn ice cube from the bottom of the cup. That’s always the best one. Crunching ice with your teeth is a pleasure the dentured can only dream about.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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