Cypress Hill‘s B-Real has shared his reaction to Ice Cube‘s recent blogs and said he felt the rap veteran should not be obligated to help younger generations reach the spotlight.
B-Real understands why Cube is hesitant to extend his hand to up-and-comers from California.
“Well you know, our beef with Cube was different than what he’s going through with these young artists right now,” B-Real reasoned in an interview. “He’s gotta point man, he don’t owe anybody nothing. That’s just the reality of it. He doesn’t owe them nothing. At the same time, you know, [laughs] it’s like, these guys ain’t getting no love from the radio, they ain’t getting love from nobody. But once and a while we gotta show these guys some love. These are the next generation of dudes so we have to support them. But as far as what’s going on with that, he don’t owe nobody s**t man. He didn’t get no hand outs. He had to grind for everything. He had to work for everything he has. From the time he was with NWA to when he left. He had to grind out after that. He did that. It wasn’t like somebody was like ‘Hey Cube, here’s your spot, go do your thing.’ You know so, I think that’s a feeling that he’s entitled to.” (All Hip Hop)
Speaking to fans at a Paid Dues concert earlier this year, Cube explained why it is not wise to attack West Coast rap veterans.
“There’s been a gang of motherf*ckers talking sh*t about your boy Ice Cube,” he told fans at a Paid Dues concert. “I love it though — I got a message to the new emcees in the house right now…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. No, I ain’t going for it. And any of you young motherf*ckers that do want to diss, I got one thing to say before you do it. You better check yourself before you wreck yourself.” (YouTube)
Last month, Cube blogged about the emergence of West Coast rap newcomers.
“What’s up with these local MC’s in L.A. who keep disrespecting me? They’re just mad cause I don’t f*ck with they wack-a**,” he wrote. “They ain’t on my level, why should I waste my time. I don’t even remember ever meeting these clowns or even being in the same room with any of ‘em. They can’t make a name for themselves so they need help from the O/G’s. I refuse the throw’em a life line. F*ck’em. It ain’t my job to make nobody famous. And for the record, I ain’t scared of no n*gga. Especially, no rappers….seriously people.” (Ice Cube’s Blog)
West Coast rapper Nipsey Hu$$le later shared his reaction to Cube’s newcomer remarks.
“The reason I don’t take personal offense when people say stuff about the ‘New West’ is because I’m Nipsey,” he said in an interview. “If they don’t say Nipsey I don’t take personal offense to it. Unless it’s obviously directed at me. That’s different, people can make sly remarks that you know are directed towards you and some are general. Saying the ‘New West’ that could be 50 new rappers. Anything after Game is considered ‘New West’ and that’s a lot of people. So you know, plus I talked to Ice Cube personally at the ‘BET Awards’ — he said ‘I got 16 [bars] for you when you’re ready,’ so I figured it wasn’t directed toward me but if a n*gga thought it was, guess they were supposed to do what Jay Rock did, speak his mind and do what men do and get it off they chest.” (Hip Hop Beef)
Check out Ice Cube addressing the newcomers below: