Watch What Happens Lyrics

February 13, 2024
David Sunnyside

The song is a narrative of a past relationship that has ended, and the mark that person made on your life. It’s a reminder that you will experience love, loss, and joy again, and that new relationships are important, but the people who have gone before remain in your heart.

The lyrics are satirical, and Ice Cube utilises multiple techniques to create layers of meaning. He uses a lot of formal language, mimicking the style of words used in courtrooms to show that the judicial system is weaponised against black people. He also cleverly echoes words with rhyme, allowing him to extend the metaphor and broaden his scope lyrically. For example, he references a teenager buying pagers and jewellery to contrast him with someone arrested for selling ‘product’ (drugs) or narcotics.

The lyrics are a call for people to speak out and take a stand against injustice, but it is also a message of hope that love can endure. The fact that the song was a hit demonstrates that there are many people who share the same sentiments as the singer. It is up to us to ensure that this message is heard, and that people are held accountable when they commit crimes.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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