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Ice Cube has a fun story about Mr. Rogers.

Ice Cube Says He Was Sued By Mr. Rogers Over a Kids' Song

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By Emily Reily

Rapper Ice Cube says he was sued by Mr. Rogers in 1990 for using a sample from Rogers' famous children's educational show theme song, "Won't You Be My Neighbor."

Cube says he was sued for the song's use on his track "A Gangsta's Fairytale."

Ice Cube revealed the news on an Instagram Live listening party on Wednesday, while he was celebrating the 30th anniversary of AmeriKKKA's Most Wanted, his solo debut album.

Icy Exchange

Mr. Rogers and Ice Cube had words.

Ice Cube just casually dropped the news about the suit during the listening party.

"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.'

"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."

Before that album, Cube was with NWA.

Fred Rogers and Ice Cube.
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Though it's not on there now, Ice Cube apparently used part of the theme song without Rogers' permission, though he added that the children's icon was still making money off "A Gangsta's Fairytale."

Cube says Rogers was "getting like 5 cents a record until we took that part off."

"That's just a fun fact," Cube added.

It's not much of a surprise that Rogers wasn't a fan of his theme song getting airplay on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, which was produced by The Bomb Squad and Da Lench Mob.

After all, there does seem to be a bit of a cultural conflict between the friendly Mr. Rogers and the adversarial Ice Cube.

Who would have thought Ice Cube and Mr. Rogers disagreed?

Fred Rogers was creator of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which ran from 1968 to 2001 -- a 33-year run. The show was largely run on public television and is still considered a landmark children's show.

Rogers' show would introduce sensitive subjects to kids that many other children's shows were reluctant to talk about, things like death, divorce and sibling rivalry.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" developed a resurgence after the 2019 movie A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood, which starred Tom Hanks as Rogers.


In 1997, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" took the record for longest-running children's TV series previously held by Captain Kangaroo. But in 2003, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was beaten for longest-running kids show by "Sesame Street."

Fred Rogers was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.

Rogers' widow, Joanne, spoke with People about her late husband's kindness.

"People were important to him. He was to me and to the family who he is to everybody else," she said.

Rogers died in 2003 at 74.

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