Ice Cube Criticised For Not Helping Newcomers
After raising eyebrows last week with in a blog where he said he isn't obligated to help "local L.A. rappers," Ice Cube penned another entry this Thursday (March 25) where he clears the air about his statements.
Last week, the veteran rapper stated: "It ain't my job to make nobody famous."
Some took offense, including newcomer Jay Rock who felt Cube's comments were aimed at the "New West" (a group of rising Cali rappers), which he says he's proudly a part of.
Well, Cube elaborated on the statement in a new blog entry, saying he wishes the young rappers all the success, but says he can't stand when new artists diss the OGs ... namely him.
"I want to make myself clear to all my fans who think I turned my back on the young rappers out here. No," Cube wrote. "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!"
He also explained why he hasn't helped introduce any new artists since WC and Mack 10. Cube is tired of "babysitting," he says, adding that an artist under him does blow, they are ungrateful.
"I got burnt out. Niggas couldn't take the baton and run wit it," Cube said. "I was sick of babysitting grown ass men and walking them through the industry. I felt like Dr. Frankenstein 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."
Aside from controversy, Cube has filmed the music video for his first single, "I Rep That West." However, it was unknown when it premiere.
I Am The West is slated for release July 13.
- By Ronnie Gamble
Video: Jeezy Brings Out Ice Cube on BP3 Tour
Live at the Staples Center, home to the L.A. Lakers Young Jeezy brought the roof down when he invited west coast legend, Ice Cube to spit 'Check Yo Self' to his home crowd for the BP3 Tour. Next stop, Vegas - Wes Wes y'all!
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Video: "I Got My Locs On" by Ice Cube & Young Jeezy
[O.G. LOCS ON SALE HERE]
Live: Ice Cube Rocks Sold-Out ATL
Taken from Allhiphop.com -
How do you measure the relevance of an emcee in Hip-Hop culture? Some point to the simple word of mouth on the streets a given rapper generates. Others reference more tangible evidence such as Youtube hits and ringtone purchases.
And for a dwindling select few, some still reference actual album sales. With iconoclast legend Ice Cube, you can take your pick of his continued success in film and TV. And after a recent sold-out turn away show in Atlanta, you can confidently add music to that list as well.
After solid opening acts from Atlanta standout Kid Kaos and Detroit hard body Trick Trick (with Yung Berg’s Transformer chain still in tow), Ice Cube and Westside Connection comrade W.C. burst onto the stage with an inspired version of the classic “Natural Born Killaz.” The Atlanta crowd was heavy with California transplants who proudly sang along word for word.
Although the gangster Rap icon teased seminal tracks like “No Vaseline,” Cube centered the majority of his set on his most popular singles. Despite being denied such classics as “Steady Mobbin’” and “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted,” the Don Mega appeased longtime hardcore fans with flawless renditions of “Jackin’ For Beats,” “Check Yo’ Self,” and his trademark verses from N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” and “Dopeman.”
Cube’s much maligned singles “We Be Clubbin’,” and “Bop Gun” had no resistance from the audience, as the radio-friendly tracks fit perfectly with the party atmosphere that had taken over. New school emcee Young Jeezy made a surprise appearance to the delight of the Atlanta faithful for “I Got My Locs On.”
Even with a generation difference between them and their styles of gangster Rap, Jeezy and Cube showed great poise alternately working each side of the audience and concluding with a poignant photo-op moment of them triumphantly standing side by side.
After ripping through the Westside Connection numbers “Bow Down” and “Gangsta Nation,” Ice Cube ended appropriately with his biggest single ever, “Today Was A Good Day.” The timeless, smooth sample of the Isley Brother’s “Footprints In The Dark” blared throughout the venue as Cube was nearly drowned out by every fan in attendance reciting each verse line for line. At key lines (“Last week fucked around and got a triple double”), a clearly touched Cube would pause and turn the mic towards the crowd.
Leaving to a thunderous ovation, Ice Cube reminded everyone in attendance that twenty plus years of Hip-Hop doesn’t make him a relic, but a living legend who continues to build a blueprint for emcees seeking to transition from hungry spitters to established moguls. This concert was not just a good day for Cube, but one for Hip-Hop.
By Ismael AbduSalaam
"I Got My Locs On" featuring Young Jeezy
"It Was A Good Day"
My President Is Black
"My President Is Black" - Nas (featuring Young Jeezy live on the Carson Daly Show)
"Paint The White House Black" - George Clinton (featuring Ice Cube, Yo-Yo, MC Breed)
Audio: "I Got My Locs On" - Ice Cube & Young Jeezy
The latest joint from the Raw Footage album, just five days before the official drop! Ice Cube does "I Got My Locs On" with Young Jeezy with those Southern-fried beats provided by ATlien, DJ Toomp.
Raw Footage drops August 19th, Jeezy's Recession album on September 2nd.
To hear the track [CLICK HERE]
Unfortunately the label has the track on lockdown, taken off YouTube and zShare, my advice, peep this joint before someone stubbs it out. - Ripnicholson [Ed.]
Shout out to [gilmoreboy.com] for holding down this track.
Another Double-Headed XXL
On the eve of a new album, "The Recession" Young Jeezy holds still for XXL's double-cover issue with Brooklyn's Don Diva, Foxy Brown. The tumultuous career of late from Ill Na Na allows her to open up for XXL out this September just three months out of prison. The Boss Bitch is back!
MTV Names Top 10 MCs In The Game
MTV has released its list of the 10 hottest MC's in Hip-Hop.
- Kanye West
- Lil' Wayne
- Rick Ross
- Snoop Dogg
- 50 Cent
- Lupe Fiasco
- Young Jeezy
- Andre 3000
THE FULL SHOW:
Kanye West's entry at #1 was co-signed by Snoop Dogg who told MTV the following:
"I think what makes you hot is your ability to hold a crowd, demand respect, be respected amongst your peers whenever you're in an environment where it is predominantly MCs. ... Kanye West belongs on the list, because his record was phenomenal. I love the way he came on his record. It's was dope. It was clever. It was genius. He kind of moved ahead of his boss if you ask me."
For more on MTV's Hottest MC's [CLICK HERE]
Article by HHNLive.com