interview ICE CUBE (August 2008) | Interview By: Nima Etminan

Dubcnn caught up with the West Coast War Lord himself, Ice Cube, to discuss his new album "Raw Footage", which dropped online and instores on August 19th. Ice Cube tells us about his highlights on the record, the single "Do Ya Thang" and why this album means so much to him.
We also talk about the rumours of The Game replacing Mack 10 in the Westside Connection and Cube's relationship to Mack 10. Cube tells us about the possibility of an Ice Cube mixtape with DJ Crazy Toones, why he's concentrating on himself right now and much more in this exlcusive interview.

As always we have both the transcript and the video for you to check and please feel free to send any feedback regarding the interview to: nima@dubcnn.com

Interview was done in August 2008.

Questions Asked By :
Nima Etminan

Full Interview In Video For Download : Here (Video: WMV)


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Dubcnn: We're right here with Ice Cube, what's going on with you man?

I feel good, ready to go out there and rip that shit.

Dubcnn: The new album, "Raw Footage", dropped August 19th. You got the new video out there for "Do Ya Thang", tell us about that song and what made you pick it as a single.

"Do Ya Thang", the reason why we picked that as a single was because we felt like that was our most friendly radio song we got on the album, to be honest. All that shit on there is really hardcore, "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It" a lot of people felt that was too hard to play. So we kind of eased off the gas just a little bit to make sure that we got our visuals out there before the album comes out. But the album is raw. It's really the record I've been waiting to do since "Death Certificate".

Dubcnn: I don't wanna talk around it, let's get right to it. What everybody is talking about right now is the situation with The Game, to where they're saying that The Game is joining the Westside Connection?

Is that right? That's what they're saying?

Dubcnn: There's a song on your album called "Get Use To It" with you, Game and WC.

Yeah that song is banging!

Dubcnn: Does that mean we should get used to hearing this trio on records together?

Maybe. Maybe... *laughs* You might want to get used to it.

Dubcnn: How did you and Game actually hook up? You're in his video, on his album, he's on your record...

The Game is one of my favorite artists. He's one of my favorite young ferocious MC's. We've been down ever since we met, which was during his first album. We always wanted to work with each other, we did something on WC's record "Guilty By Affiliation". I've done a couple of things for him, he did a couple of things for me, you know!

Dubcnn: What does that mean for the relationship between you and Mack 10?

Me and Mack 10's relationship is the same as it was a few years ago. So ain't nothing changed, I just think it's better that he does his own thing and I do mine. It's just two bosses making a decision not to work together.

Dubcnn: It sounds exciting, WC and Ice Cube, two vets, The Game, the new face.

I would love to see that. I think a lot of the West Coast artists should collaborate. I was hoping to do a record with me, Snoop Dogg and The Game called "The Big 3". You never know, hopefully we can get some of these things together. There's no reason why we can't collaborate, make a whole lot of money and go on tour.

Dubcnn: What are some of your personal highlights on "Raw Footage"? I heard you got a song with Young Jeez on there?

Yeah I got a song with Jeezy called "I Got My Locs On". That song is gonna be for real OG's that's been down from day one, they're gonna love that. "It Takes A Nation", I'm pretty sure you've heard that one, that's a banger. I got a song on there called "Hood Mentality" that people are gonna love. "Why Me?", which is a real serious song, it's one of my most serious songs since "Dead Homies". That one is with Musiq Soulchild. It's a few bangers on there.

Dubcnn: I know you were involved in DJ Crazy Toones' "CT Experience" mixtape and DVD, but is there any chance of Ice Cube releasing a full mixtape with DJ Crazy Toones the same way?

I would hope so! Can you talk to him for me and see if we can put one together? [CT Experience] was sick and we're encouraging him to do another one. Right now, after I finish this European tour, when we get home we're gonna start working on WC's new album called "Return Of The Barracuda". I can't wait to start working on that. Hopefully we can get Toones to throw in a mixtape in between and give peope something to bang, I know people are waiting for his next one!

Dubcnn: Can we expect Ice Cube to put out a new artist, the way people have proteges? I know at one point you've had a few people around you, the last one I remember was Mr. Short Khop, but that was years ago. Any chance of you getting behind a new artist?

I don't know, that ain't in my plans right now. I opened Lench Mob Records to be able to put out my own records, WC's records, and put them out how we feel is smart for us. These new dudes, sometimes their head ain't right. I don't have time to teach nobody how to be a star, you gotta kind of come in already popping.

Dubcnn: I know Young Maylay is involved with Lench Mob Records.

Yeah, Maylay is starting to come around a little more and do his thang. To me, he's a dude that could be on the line for a release. But his mind is right, he's been in the game for a long time, he's ready, he's actually a vet. So I feel like he's a good dude. You never know, somebody might come, they might have the whole package, they're hot - then I gotta go, I gotta do it. But for now, I really don't have the time to invest in cultivating nobody's career.

Dubcnn: The question "What's wrong with the West Coast" and why it's not successful commercially has been asked for years now. Is that something that you still think about?

I think the West Coast, we're outlaws. We're on the fringes of Hip-Hop. Most of Hip-Hop is generated on the East Coast and in the South as far as the industry goes, newspapers, magazines, video shows, all that is pretty much East Coast. So we're always getting the leftovers, we're never recognized at any of the award shows or anything. It's fucked up, cause they'll come out to L.A. and have the fuckin' Source Awards or some bullshit but no artists from L.A. is up for no awards! So it's hard to show up to that bullshit. We're always outlaws, we're gonna stay outlaws, I like it that way, it keeps a chip on my shoulder and Dub's shoulder. We just do it, keep going, fuck whoever don't wanna be down with West Coast Hip-Hop.

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Full Interview In Video For Download : Here (Video: WMV)


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