Over the last month, I’ve been working on a fairly meaty Linked Data project (more details of that project coming soon). Anyway, I tend to go through musical phases, and during this project I’ve been listening to a lot of 90s West-coast hip hop.

My second son arrived in February, and this project required me to work a fair number of late nights. I think the lack of sleep has pushed my mind into a higher plane, allowing me to uncover something pretty big:

O’Shea Jackson (aka Ice Cube) was technologically way ahead of his time.

In fact, I think he might have beaten TBL to it and got into Linked Data before the www was even conceived.

Firstly, take his rapper alias. This is clearly a nod to the Cube Ontology (a way of publishing multi-dimensional data as RDF).

At first I thought nothing of this: it could just be a convenient coincidence or maybe it was my sleep-deprived, overworked mind making connections that didn’t exist. But as the project wore on, and I piped more and more LA Gansta Rap into my mind, things started falling into place.

“Last week f**ked around and got a triple double” (It was a Good Day – Ice Cube)

He’s got to be talking about RDF-triples, right? I couldn’t believe that all this was unrelated, so I started reviewing his back-catalogue and found evidence that he was into this shit from back in the NWA days. Dre was actually among the first to recognise this.

“Blame it on Ice Cube because he says it gets funky when you got a subject and a predicate” (Express Yourself – NWA)

Finally, as I walked to the train station on one particularly fine, smogless evening towards the end of March, I noticed some unusual lights floating above the Manchester skyline. As I neared the station, the source of these lights came into focus…

“Even saw the lights of the Goodyear Blimp”

That was good day.

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