The iconic Ice Cream Truck song has been redone by Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, as he created his own jingle replacing the controversial “Turkey in the Straw”.
Hip Hop artist and producer RZA has been part of some of the most classic songs ever. From “Protect Ya Neck”, “Tical”, and ironically “Ice Cream” off Raekwon’s debut album. Now Good Humor has teamed up with RZA to create a new jingle replacing “Turkey in the Straw” and its racists history.
The song which was popular among fiddle players back in the 1800s, originated from British and Irish folk songs. A century later and the song was adopted in minstrel shows, who were performed mostly by white people wearing blackface.
“Good Humor they called me up and they was like we got to do something about this,” RZA said in a video uploaded on Good Humor’s YouTube channel. “We wanted to make a melody that includes all communities. That’s good for every driver and every kid.”
The new jingle will be available as early as July of 2020. Nichols Electronic who produces the music boxes for Ice Cream trucks in the U.S. will removed “Turkey in the Straw” from its music boxes. Interestingly enough, Nichols Electronic is based in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed and started protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
In a statement released by Good Humor, the company explained why it was important to take a stance. “Good Humor has not owned ice cream trucks since the 1970s, nor did we create ‘Turkey in the Straw’ or any other jingles,” the company said. “However, as a leader in the industry, and the creator of the original ice cream truck, we want to be part of the solution on this issue, particularly since we work closely with so many ice cream truck drivers across the country.”
“I can guarantee that this one is made with love,” RZA said in the behind the scenes video for the new ice cream truck song.