New York, NY – Ice Cube lately sat down with Rob Markman as a part of Genius’ For The Record video collection. During the interview, the West Coast gangsta rap pioneer opens up about his long-awaited solo album Everythangs Corrupt and explains why he’s by no means afraid to talk his reality.
“You can’t be a safe rapper,” he says. “You gotta inform it how it’s. My information, no person’s exempt. Nobody will get a free move on my information. I’m in all probability gonna discuss one thing you don’t wish to hear and also you in all probability ain’t gonna like how I put it.
“But it’s gonna be real and it’s not going to be done to do nothing but help you pass that moment, help you through it. Or highlight that you fuckin’ up. I’ve always been like that. To be able to cut through the bullshit.”
As the dialog turns to diss information, the Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem battle is introduced into play and Cube revisits his stance relating to his N.W.A diss report, “No Vaseline.”
After the MGK-Slim Shady beef popped off final September, followers of MGK insisted his “Rap Devil” diss observe was the most effective diss report of all time. Cube was fast to place them of their place, tweeting, “Yeah right. One on one will never beat one on four (plus Jerry Heller). Murdered the track, killed the group. Game over.”
Yeah proper, one on one won’t ever beat one towards 4 (plus Jerry Heller). Murdered the observe, killed the group. Game over. https://t.co/7t6exeTtCv
— Ice Cube (@icecube) September 4, 2018
“That song was like a bowling ball,” Cube tells Markman. “Just knocked everything down out the way. What am I gonna say? What the fuck am I gonna say? But it’s been some great diss tracks, but I just feel like time, space, place, it was right. I think it’s really timing that makes the battle. Where are the groups in their career and how hot are they at the time they go at it.”
He then offers a rundown on a few of his picks for finest diss tracks, which — along with “No Vaseline” — contains Tupac Shakur’s “Hit Em’ Up,” LL Cool J’s “Rock The Bells” and Kool Moe Dee’s response, “Let’s Go.”
“Some of my favorites is the original ‘Rock The Bells,’ ‘Let’s Go’ with LL and Kool Moe Dee,” he says. “‘Let’s Go’ is crazy, too. ‘Jack The Ripper,’ great record. Then you got disses like Nas and Jay [‘Ether’ and ‘Takeover’], that’s just crazy. Tupac, Biggie going back at it. ‘Hit Em Up’ was crazy.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Cube touches on his BIG3 basketball league and explains why “Jackin For Beats” was by no means a diss observe.
Watch the total interview up high.