There’s only one Ice Cube.
Celebrating his one-of-a-kind career, the Don Mega drops “Only One Me,” a new single off the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of his Death Certificate classic.
Reflecting on his Hall of Fame influence, Cube speaks on the rappers that he’s inspired and the ones that influenced his rise.
“Taught Tupac how to keep it gangsta,” he raps. “Showed Biggie Smalls how to release his anger / Who came before me? Melle Mel, Ice-T / King T, KRS, and the homie Chuck D / P.E., DMC, ni**a, know your history / If Cube ain’t top 3 then you’s a bitch to me.”
But the legacy rhymes don’t end there. “Ice Cube,” he raps, with a thunderous voice. “The name will live in infamy / As the young ni**a that invented Eazy-E / West Coast, bitch, yeah, that’s all me / With Too $hort and the D.R.E. / We made it too hard, check our family tree.”
Freshly released, the song already has a fan in DJ Khaled, who played the track on his Snapchat and Instagram accounts earlier today.
“Only One Me” is one of three new songs made for Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary, an album that was announced after Cube signed a new deal with Interscope. Due June 9, the highly-anticipated project will celebrate his influential LP and its social and political impact following the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the uprisings that followed.
“Sadly, our community is dealing with many of the same issues,” said Cube. “I only hope that young millennials feeling powerless in the ‘hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”
Beyond music, the multifaceted mogul is starting his BIG3 basketball league. He recently announced the highly-anticipated Last Friday film.