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. Billooh avatar

    On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 1:35 AM, Billooh said:

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

  2. Phaedrus avatar

    On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM, Phaedrus said:

    No Country For Old Men: Ice Cube vs. The New West


  3. Randomm; L i z z i e avatar

    On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Randomm; L i z z i e said:

    i honestlyy think manny new artistts that are comin out are freakn wakk as fuhkk..!!
    i mean, dnt get me wronggg, they havee some catchyy beatss, ndd shitt, but when you REALLY listen to what the fukk theyre sayin, its really stupidddd. >;[

  4. Magic avatar

    On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM, Magic said:

    yo the man cube

  5. mamzy avatar

    On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 6:26 AM, mamzy said:

    cant wait for I AM THE WEST to drop wonder who will be featured

  6. c-town rep rep avatar

    On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 5:00 AM, c-town rep rep said:

    cant wait for the video!! bringing that fire as always!!!

  7. Makkk Hussien avatar

    On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM, Makkk Hussien said:

    Yeah thats wussup we need the west coast frontliners back in front. Fuck the radio shit i dont wanna har all that gangstas dont dance we boogie.WESTUP!

  8. kpants124 avatar

    On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM, kpants124 said:

    Yo Cube I'm a dedicated fan hopin to get some appreciation from winning this contest.

  9. kpants124 avatar

    On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM, kpants124 said:

    Yo Cube I'm a dedicated fan hopin to get some appreciation from winning this contest.

  10. kpants124 avatar

    On Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM, kpants124 said:

    Yo Cube I'm a dedicated fan hopin to get some appreciation from winning this contest.

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