Ice Cube turned Power 106’s Cali Christmas into one giant gangsta’s paradise. Santa Cube came down the chimney, wearing his uniform black Dickies and black Chucks, for his first performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The headlining rapper banged out old school and new school hits, including “Gangsta Nation” and “You Can Do It,” along with his Westside Connection affiliate WC. Spend some time on the Westside.
Rap-Up TV sat down with hip-hop icon Ice Cube in his Los Angeles office overlooking Sunset Boulevard to discuss his latest album I Am the West, dropping next week, and his distant relationship with Dr. Dre, who never completed the tracks for his album. “Dre went M.I.A. I don’t know where he at. If ya’ll find him, tell him give me a call,” he says of his fellow N.W.A. alum.
The rapper-turned-actor also shares his advice for newcomer Nicki Minaj. “I think she got what it takes to make a dent out here as a female MC, which ain’t easy,” he states. “As long as she sticks to the lyrics—more lyrics, less sex, more lyrics, less showing your ass—she can blow. She gotta drop a whole album and then we’ll see.” But who does he think had the best verse on Kanye’s “Monster”?
Plus, Cube shows his support for Soulja Boy and reveals which pop star (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, or Madonna) he would collaborate with if asked. And after nine solo albums, will the rap pioneer be hanging up the mic? Head West and find out.
Ice Cube puts some color into a black-and-white world in the video for “Drink the Kool-Aid,” the latest offering from I Am the West, in stores September 28. The rapper-actor rocks a purple Mr. Kool-Aid T-Shirt while journeying through the Wild Wild West. Take a sip of Cube’s latest banger below.
West Coast veteran Ice Cube hit up the East Coast for a promo run that included a stop on Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Cube talked about losing the Best Rappers of the West contest to a group named Shampoo, Press, and Curl, how N.W.A. helped bring together The Roots, his new album I Am the West, and appearing on Dr. Dre’s long-delayed Detox (“He’s like the Stanley Kubrick of producers”).
He also grabbed the mic for an impromptu performance of “It Was A Good Day” with The Roots, while Jimmy sang along.
Ice Cube has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, and now the rapper-turned-actor makes his first Western. The West Coast bandito conquers his home turf in the explosive video for “I Rep That West,” the first single from his ninth studio album I Am the West (July 13). Don’t come around these parts unless you want to mess with Señor Cube.
Ice Cube is back in the saddle in the fiery preview for “I Rep That West,” the first single from his forthcoming album I Am the West, in stores July 13. The hip-hop outlaw brings out the big guns for a showdown in the wild, wild West.
The West Coast is taking the airwaves hostage this summer with new releases from Game and Ice Cube. The N.W.A. pioneer bangs out with “I Rep That West,” the first single from his new album I Am the West (July 13). “I’m too West Coast for the West Coast,” he boldly proclaims.
Gangster rapper Ice Cube met Godfather gangster Robert De Niro at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival held at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City on Friday (April 23). Cube was screening his ESPN documentary Straight Outta L.A., which examines the Raiders’ influence on hip-hop.