The sound of childhood summers is going to get a new soundtrack.
RZA, Wu-Tang’s frontman, has written a new song for ice cream trucks.
He hopes to do away with the traditional “Turkey in the Straw” song that trucks traditionally play. The song came from a British song brought to the colonies. Originally it didn’t have racial undertones, but the melody would eventually be used in minstrel shows as performers in blackface sang racist lyrics, CNN reported.
Ice cream shops usually played minstrel songs during the 1800s and the traditions continued when the stores went mobile.
Ice Cream brand Good Humor wanted a change because of the history that came with the song and has asked all ice cream truck drivers to stop playing “Turkey in the Straw.”
That’s where RZA comes in.
He wrote a new song that can be downloaded for free by ice cream truck owners.
The song still has a bell melody that will call children and adults to come to the trucks, according to WRC.
It will also be added to all truck music boxes made by Nichols Electronics, WRC reported.