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Ice Cube Debuts Single At Murs’ Paid Dues Festival, Addresses Controversy

By Ronnie Gamble   /   Published 04/05/10

Ice CubeIce Cube has been making a lot of noise as of late, ever since he announced a new album titled I Am The West.

Over the weekend, the veteran rapper headlined Murs' annual Paid Dues hip-hop festival in San Bernardino. After a long day of performances by numerous acts, Cube hit the stage at around midnight and shortly after debuted his single, "I Rep The West", for the first time. But, that's wasn't all he did. In addition to surprising fans with a first listen of the album, Cube also used his stage time to address the controversy regarding his comments over Los Angeles newcomers.

If you're unaware, Cube has been answering fans' questions in blog entries on his official website (IceCube.com). One topic he spoke about is why he hasn't worked or help push any of L.A.'s newcomers in recent years. He says it's not his responsibility and doesn't plan to any time soon. That, coupled with the bold statement made with the title of his album, has struck a cord with some artists, especially the "new" acts he may, or may not, be referring to.

Rising Watts rapper Jay Rock has been the main artist to took offense to Cube's statements and has been very vocal about it. He says that if Cube is directing his comments at the "New West" collective, then it's as if he's calling him out directly.

Whether or not Cube is calling out any artist directly isn't clear. But, at Paid Dues, he used the stage to further address the situation.

"It's been a gang of motherf***as talking sh** about your boy Ice Cube. I love it though ..." Cube told the crowd. "I got a message to all the new MCs in the house right now. I got love for all the MCs in the house right now, but if you diss the old west I got a problem with you if you diss the old west. You can't diss Dr. Dre. You can't diss Eazy-E. You can't diss Ice-T. You can't diss King Tee. No, you cannot diss Ice Cube," he added. "No, I ain't going for it. And any of you young motherf***ers that do f***in' diss, I got one thing to say before you do it. You better check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Backstage, we were able to have a quick chat with Cube about the attention he's been getting over his upcoming album's title. He tells us he don't care what anybody thinks, because his history gives him the right to make a statement like that.

"I don't care. Either you down, or you ain't. I am the west," Cube told us before performing at Saturday's Paid Dues. "I don't see anybody else who can make that claim, but a few people that's been around before me. That's just how I feel.

"I'm happy. I'm not mad at nothing," he added.

I Am The West is scheduled to drop July 13. For more info and to keep updated on Cube, visit IceCube.com.

  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com Tony Grands™

    Either Cube is using controversy to breath a second wind into his career, or this dude just lost it all & is going pure kamikaze on nigga's front porches.

    Either way, it's going to be pretty entertaining to see where it's all headed.

    The West needed this. Old cats getting pumped, young boys jumping bad...Gotta love it.

  • http://www.HEY!!!!.com RHYMES LIKE DIMES..

    some OF THE SO-CALLED "new west" IS DOPE.. BUT THE ONES THAT ARE CAME DIRECTLY OUTTA THE "old west" DICK!!!(literally in a few cases) SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF GRANDFATHERS,FATHERS,SONS,NEPHEWS,& COUSINS ARGUE'N AT A COOKOUT OVER STEELERS OR THE SAINTS.. JUST FUCKIN RHYME AND QUIT BICKERIN LIKE SOME OLD BITCHES & LITTLE HOES!!!! SMH

  • BLACTAI

    RESPECT THE OG'S!

  • DreTruth

    Oh well _ it's rooted in him and I can't wait til his album drop. Hope he's speaking of grown man thangs and not juvenille thangs. I am witcha cube.

  • wcfinest

    listen to no vaseline and then re-think dissin ice cube :)

    but id love to see it happen, just for the music! come on piss him off!

  • Philly-O

    What'd Dre say on "The Watcher"?

    "Now we got a new era of gangstas/hustlas and youngstas livin' amongst us/Lookin' at us, callin' us bustas/Can't help but reminisce back when it was us"

    Sounds like Cube's lookin' out at these new cats from the West and thinkin' the same things as Dre said in that track.

  • http://iamsoze.blogspot.com/ VENGEANCE IS MINE!!!!

    is he doin this 4 controversy???

    is he doin this 4 media whoring?????

    is he doin this 4 trying to spark up album sales????

    is he doin this 4 trying to jump start his career again????

    is the new track as ground breakin as "dead homies" "The Nigga Ya Love to Hate" "Once Upon a Time in the Projects" ????

    he better come back with a classic otherwise is a waste of time!!!!!!

  • http://risea07.com/ SOCAL

    WE APPRECIATE THE PHOTO CREDIT

  • Allen Starbury

    I AM THE WEST!

  • charlie hu$tle

    CUBE IS WEAK AND IS A HAS-BEEN HE AINT NOT WEST. HE JUST NEEDS TO LAY IT DOWN AND QUIT FRONTING LIKE HES A KING... HE DOES BAD ACTING, AND AINT HAD NO REALLY GOOD MUSIC FOR YEARS.. JUST KEEP CALLING YOURSELF SOMETHING THAT YOU AINT... SUCK IT EASY YOU COP CALLER CUBE... DO YOUR GIRL GIGS WITH HELLA POLICE... YOUS A MARK