Hip Hop 101

Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 10:20 PM By: Ice Cube

What up fam, this ya big homie Cube.

Last week went about as smooth as a baby's ass. We shot the video to my first single, "I Rep That West." Directed by this youngster from Memphis name Gaberial Hart. I'm sitting here waiting for my man Robert Redd to bring me the ruff cut as we speak. We shot the video all over L.A. From downtown to the beach. WC and Toones came through for cameos. I put OMG and Doughboy in the video too. We shot on Wednesday and Thrusday. Then on Friday I shot the album cover photoshoot. We got some sick shots. I'll be posting them up on icecube.com in the days and weeks to come.

Now Saturday was crazy for me. We flew to Dallas because I had to perform at a car show on Sunday. But when the plane landed it was snowing sideways. I had a funny feeling but they said it would be warm by Sunday. But it was cold as fuck on Sunday so the car show got cancelled. I was suppose to do Ricky Smiley's radio show the next day but I flew back to L.A. I'll catch Ricky closer to the release date.

This week I did promotion for the "ARE WE THERE YET" TV show I'm producing on TBS starring Terry Crews. It'll permiere on Wednesday June 2nd. And don't forget about "Straight Outta L.A." the documentary on the L.A. Raiders. It permieres May 11th on ESPN.

The reason I called this blog Hip Hop 101 because some people have forgetten the essence of the art and culture.
Bragging and boasting: When I was coming up. Every rapper had a attitude like Kanye. Now when you say you the best and act like you the best. Niggas get their feeling hurt.
Battling: If you scared to test your skills up against any MC in the game. Quit right now. Become a fuckin' ghost writer and go hide in the corner of the studio. Now they're 2 ways to battle. Freestyle live: To me this is like a slam dunk contest. Or battle on wax: I call this the Finals. That's Hip-Hop.

Question: Why don't I produce up and coming rappers like I use to? I got burnt out. Niggas couldn't take the baton and run wit it. I was sick of babysitting grown ass men and walking them through the industry. I felt like Dr. Frankinstein building uncontrollable monsters. How? If you DON'T make'em a star, they blame you.
If you DO make'em a star, they leave you. I got sick of that ungrateful shit.

With that being said, I understand my last few blogs have been talked about in the streets and all over the internet. I want to make myself clear to all my fans who think I turned my back on the young rappers out here. No. I wish every young MC nothing but success, especially the ones from the New West. BUT, I have a major problem with any mothafucka from ANY COAST dissing the Old West...especially me. I'M SERVING YOU!

Now, I alot of people want me to name names. Buy the record. In stores July 13th. I ain't naming names at this time, but I'm adding names. You let me know if you wanna be on the list.

Keep it Gangsta,
p.s. If I misspelled a few words, blame it on the L.A. Unified School District.

  1. Cipher Productions Inc avatar

    On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM, Cipher Productions Inc said:

    Cube, I'm interested in beginning a project that I'd like to have completed under your executive production. I hope trying to catch up to you doesn't have to be hell. Communicate, Bruh Bruh.

  2. hizzo avatar

    On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 6:57 PM, hizzo said:

    1 g

  3. hizzo avatar

    On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 6:38 AM, hizzo said:

    so keep it gangsta!!!!!!

  4. hizzo avatar

    On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM, hizzo said:

    yea i know what ya mean they are that kindt of people they are parasite,s who feed whit ya shine i hate this kindt of people they only whit ya for da mony and there own
    benefitts and you working for them whit them but no respects for ya efforts and ya respect and time !!
    i always say is to give respects to get respects
    and ya dont whanna train people and promote
    i.a.m just a fan and still ya fan ya da ice and screw
    those parasite,s who,s using for 1love abusing
    hear ya and ya has ya gift and i say only you most
    beneffit no hart no respects i see what ya mean
    yeah ya richt G ya richt in that situation i follow ya ways
    and handle da same

  5. Billooh avatar

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 3:50 AM, Billooh said:

    Cmon, respect those who started this shit... respect them O/G's... REAL TALK CUBE!!! They started this gangsta shiiiiiiiiiiiiiat!

  6. BokeDaLoc avatar

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM, BokeDaLoc said:

    i rep that soulja rag black man gang

  7. Crizz avatar

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Crizz said:

    my nigga Cube!!whussup!! i luv hip hop when 'steady mobbin' started on yo mtv raps days,today i am 30 and still loyalty 4 your shit! O'shea i got two question..U still visit in SOUTH CENTRAL? and whutz up wit your old partna K-DEE?mad props Cube..keep it gangsta!!

  8. ITS PIMPIN ,PIMPIN avatar

    On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 12:01 AM, ITS PIMPIN ,PIMPIN said:

    ICE CUBE I dont think rap has an age limit. I think hip hop is about breaking rules and stereo types. shit I think artist like u WC, SNOOP DOGG , DR DRE ...ect.. can drop albums till the casket drops as long as u keep dropin shit like a pigeon,,lol keep pimpin the system Cube.

  9. Godz Man avatar

    On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:15 AM, Godz Man said:

    LA Unified, Youz a fool Cube.
    It seems like these days that some of these youngstas don't have any respect for the cats that made a way for these young bucks to do what they do today. So they will dis an old school cat probably knowing that most have gone by the wayside. But once and a while, they dis the wrong cat and end up gettin SMASHED! Put em on ya list Cube. Cause "Can't no nigga see Icecube on no coast! Dr. Frankenstein" You would have thought fools would've learned after listening to "No Vaseline." I'm looking forward to the new album dropping.


  10. icecool avatar

    On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM, icecool said:

    West up !!! i think the understanding and the conception of the young is far far different from the old school .. there are new ideals in a far far different world .. so dont blame em ... you said that one of artist holdin the west coast is the game .. i think that he went on like lil wayne [that mothafakin stupid ass faggot nigga] makin duets with some wack ass artist and makin he's shit only fo money, i m not sayin that he was wack when he started representin the west but now ... NIGGA PLEASE !!!

    Respect cube


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