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Ice Cube's A Pimp: Goodyear Blimp Offers To Celebrate His 'Good Day'

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Ice Cube could very well have a "good day" and do some good for South L.A. children. The creators of a charity project are raising money for disadvantaged children in South L.A. with hopes of getting the Goodyear folks to emblazon "Ice Cube's a Pimp" on their blimp on Jan. 20.

Why this specific date? Apparently, 28-year-old stand-up comedian and blogger Donovan Strain pinpointed the exact date that inspired Ice Cube's popular song "It Was a Good Day." He pieced together the timeline from a string of events the rapper talks about in his track and decided it was Jan. 20, 1992.

Now, to tie this all in with the "Good Day Blimp" charity project. In the 1993 song's lyrics, Ice Cube raps: "Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp / And it read "Ice Cube's a Pimp."

The project's creators, Jon Barco and Andy Dao are hoping to raise at least $25,000 through Crowdtilt that will go towards a charity group, A Place Called Home, benefiting at-risk youth in South L.A. with enrichment, education, and mentoring programs. If they raise the money, they want to get Goodyear to have "Ice Cube's a Pimp" on the company's blimp to fly over the skies of L.A.

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It looks like the Goodyear folks are on board. On the project's website, they posted a letter sent by Goodyear to Ice Cube agreeing to "recognize the 'good day'" on their blimp and requested the rapper to ride along (in reference to Ice Cube's Ride Along film that is released today in theaters) with the kids from the charity on Jan. 20 when the blimp goes up. However, it's not clear from the letter whether they will actually use the words "Ice Cube's A Pimp" on what they call their "iconic airship."

This is the letter:


In addition, the West Coast rapper is now endorsing the charity project. He was a guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 15 and asked people to donate to the Good Day Blimp website. Looks like he'll be chipping in as well. "Whatever we get tonight, I'll bring it over the top," he said.

Ice Cube also talked about the Jan. 20 date Strain had proposed was his "good day." "Someone broke down in a science lab or something everything I talked about in the song happened on Jan. 20, 1992," he said. "It doesn't make any sense at all." Regardless, he's still supporting the project and added, "Do this before we call you 'Bad Year.'"

Here is his interview with Fallon and he starts talking about the blimp at the 1:14-minute mark:

Donations to the charity can be made on this website.

Blogger Pinpoints the 'Good Day' that Inspired Ice Cube