Hip Hop 101
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.