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Ice Cube lands his own blimp to celebrate song anniversary

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Jan 17, 2014 | 10:46am EST

Rapper/actor Ice Cube is set to be honoured with his own blimp by bosses at the Goodyear tyre company to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his classic song It Was A Good Day. Fans of the hip-hop legend recently launched a crowd-sourcing campaign online in a bid to raise $25,000 (£15,625) for charity to convince Goodyear executives to fly one of their signature inflatables over Los Angeles with the phrase "Ice Cube's a pimp" emblazoned across its body, in reference to the lyrics of the 1992 hit, on which he raps, "Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp/And it read Ice Cube's a pimp". Organisers of the Crowdhoster.com effort aimed to hit the target in time for the blimp to fly high on Monday (20Jan14), and they received a big boost on Wednesday (15Jan14) when U.S. TV host Jimmy Fallon brought the campaign to Ice Cube's attention during an interview with the star to promote his new movie Ride Along. The TV piece caught the attention of Goodyear chiefs and now they have agreed to the stunt to benefit a local children's charity - although their proposed message on the side of the blimp will be slightly different. An open letter addressed to the rapper, inviting him to take part, reads: "Dear Ice Cube: We have been following the campaign to commemorate your song It Was A Good Day in a special way to benefit the South Central charity A Place Called Home... "This unique proposal got our attention and we want to make sure this group of kids has a Good Day. So here's our offer: we'd like to fly the Goodyear Blimp on January 20th over Los Angeles, and also use that opportunity to give rides to a group of the kids of A Place Called Home. "And one more thing. To make this a truly GREAT Day for the kids of A Place Called Home, we're inviting you to Ride Along with the kids and proudly display the message "It's A Good Day" on the side of the blimp. We look forward to hearing back!" Ice Cube has yet to respond to the invitation.

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