When former N.W.A member Ice Cube is on the mic, there is a presence felt. A presence of rough, political, profane music that will keep your head bopping until you feel a snap. From Straight Outta Compton, to AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, to his current Laugh Now, Cry Later, Ice Cube is known for dropping solid album. Now acting in a streak of box office smashes including the “Friday” and “Barbershop” series to the “Are We There Yet” sequel, Ice Cube has proved to be a multi-faced entertainer bringing a little something for everyone. Check out this exclusive interview and some past quote by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry reflecting on Ice Cube.
|by William Hernandez
“To this day Ice Cube is one of the people I respect the most because he’s someone you can look to as a mentor. While I was working with him on Lethal Injection & Menace II Society, he was working on his own record that he wrote and oversaw, as well as his label acts, the Fridays, and whatever else all at the same time and made it look effortless. He handled the business personally. I’ll never forget the opportunity he gave me.”
QDIII on Ice Cube “Urban America Newspaper” December 2005; Vol. 5, 2nd Edition
“Ice Cube was probably the most prepared emcee that I’ve encountered because here is a guy that came from LA on a one way ticket, basically, and was determined not to leave until he had a record produced by us. He had all his rhymes with him. He had books and books of rhymes.”
“I love Ice Cube. I think he’s underrated as a lyricist. I think those first three Ice Cube albums are the greatest. People say Biggie and all this stuff, Ice Cube’s lyrics I don’t know nobody that can touch that second Ice Cube album ever! That f*cking record is amazing man. Lyric for lyric, rhyme for rhyme, because there wasn’t a blueprint for that sh*t yet. When other brothers started writing, there was already a blueprint. It was done. Ice Cube was the first doing that sh*t. He’s a monster.”
WHO?MAG: Can you talk about WC’s album you’re working on?
WHO?MAG: What made you want to form your own independent label Lench Mob Recordings after leaving Capitol/Priority?
WHO?MAG: Do feel independent is the way to go?
WHO?MAG: Do you plan to work again with DJ Pooh and Sir Jinx?
WHO?MAG: I interviewed in the past Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy’s producer) and QD3. They both spoke very highly of you. How did you hook up with them and how was your experience working with them?