The whole reason Dr. Dre & Ice Cube‘s “Natural Born Killaz” is today’s Song of the Week is to pay tribute to Jerome “New Jack” Young. For those that don’t know, New Jack is a professional wrestler, mainly known for wrestling in ECW and working a hardcore style. He sadly passed away last on May 14 at the age of 58. “Natural Born Killaz” was his entrance theme song. Here a few random thoughts about New Jack:
I wasn’t the biggest fan of New Jack when ECW was at its peak but like everybody else, I was intrigued by seeing him enter with a cart full of weapons and jump off balconies at insane heights.
New Jack’s appearance in Beyond The Mat is one of the best things about that documentary. From Hollywood execs gassing him up to be a leading man despite having a severely scared forehead (“Maybe I’ll be the next Denzel”) to him talking about his confirmed kills as a bounty hunter to him not having all his knuckles.
To be honest, I didn’t really become a fan of New Jack until I watched his infamous O.J. Simpson promo. Classic (“Keep up the good work baby, two less we got to worry about”). To tie that back in the song “Natural Born Killaz”, the hardest line on that track is: “So fuck Charlie Manson!/I’ll snatch him out of his truck/Hit ’em with a brick and I’m dancin'”.
Speaking of “Natural Born Killaz”, I know it a great chance that Dr. Dre didn’t write his verse but I always thought he was kinda spitting on this song. The same goes for his verses on “Keep Their Heads Ringin'”. I’ll go back to talking about New Jack since “Natural Born Killaz” has technically already been a Song of the Week.