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. stex1989 avatar

    On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 3:59 AM, stex1989 said:

    You should stop by scotland in your next tour!!!!!!!

  2. big al avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:58 PM, big al said:

    wassup cube!!i just found out you're putting out a new record!!i'm so exited man!!thank god!the gangsta's back,i won't have to put up with this brainless rap!!i can't wait,i already know it's going to be a banger,you're the only rapper that make me buy a cd,no download on none of my cube's collection...only one wish:meet and shake the legend's hand!thanx again cube!!

  3. abutib42 avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM, abutib42 said:

    i saw OMG's free style and loved it!! I can't wait for I AM THE WEST!! and i also can't wait for you to come to Boston sometime.

  4. Quel avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Quel said:

    Street Knowledge still in EFFECT.

  5. Jedimonk avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 12:42 PM, Jedimonk said:

    What up Cube!! Much love from the A. *Bumping "Dead on Arrival" as we speak* btw that song was so powerful it could have been the theme song in the fight for healthcare. About the haters, niggas like Bifocals Malone don't even have enough credentials to speak your name. So they should STFU untill they put out a record that makes them relevant outside of the internets. Peace Homie

  6. Mister E-Dog avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Mister E-Dog said:

    Any plans on coming to Boise IDaho?

  7. IceCube4Ever avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 9:30 AM, IceCube4Ever said:

    Cant wait till ur music video.. dont let them haters get ya down cube.. i got ya back love ya and much respect

  8. Gangsta B-Locc avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Gangsta B-Locc said:

    fok mufuccaz who dizz tha west homie...

    cant wait fo yo shit, and i dunno what tha name thang iz, but wa'ever it iz, i wud luv 2 be apart of it

    ya boy
    D Dawg

  9. 187killumcub avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 8:39 AM, 187killumcub said:

    when the angels softly play
    this heavens guest may take days
    knowing that if he leaves
    his freinds/family will greive
    a death that is not right
    a question of how much bright
    work went into killing the king
    of rap-to get his money
    because they couldn't see
    an angel at the wheel?
    they saw a black money w/money
    when you can't see the beauty
    of someone who God makes
    then others heart will break
    and they just made a mistake
    you kill someone you made God mad
    this angel that Heaven has........

    Rest In Peace Eric Wright 1963-1995

  10. 187killumcub avatar

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 8:38 AM, 187killumcub said:

    hey baby boy-this is Meggan(187killumcub)your homie from chatroom,add me to your list of names.....you know I still got love for that asss

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