West Coast rap veteran Ice Cube has taken his issues with new emcees to the public by sending out a warning to all newcomers during a Paid Dues concert.
Speaking to fans, Cube explained why it is not wise to attack with 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)
The posting caught the attention of fellow California rapper Jay Rock who addressed the matter via Twitter.
“WATTS UP WIT ICE CUBE TALKIN KRAZY ABOUT NEW WEST N*GGAS.IF HE GOT A PROB WIT 1 OF US HE SHUD SAY R NAME N STOP BN SCARED 2 CALL A N*GGA OUT,” Rock wrote Wednesday (March 17) night. “What’s up with these local MC’s in L.A. who keep disrespecting me? They’re just mad cause I don’t f**k with they wack-a**. -ice cube They ain’t on my level, why should I waste my time. I don’t even remember ever meeting these clowns -ice cube (cont) … ON SOME REAL STUFF I AINT NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH CUBE OR NONE OF THE OG N*GGAS. BUT IF HE SAY NEW WEST IM APART OF THAT (CONT) TO ME HE TALKIN BOUT ALL OF US IF HE DIDNT SAY A NAME. THATS HOW THE WEST GOT F*CKED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.(CONT) YALL KNOW AINT NO N*GGA STAMPED ME. I DONT NEED NO N*GGA. ALL I NEED IS A MIC MY HOOD MY FANS AND THIS BIG A** GUN THIS AINT THE 1ST TIME LIL SH*T HAS BEEN SAID THIS IS THE 3RD TIME. I SIT BACK AND WATCH EVERYTHING N*GGAS BE SAYING AND DOIN.” (Jay Rock’s Twitter)
West Coast rapper Nipsey Hu$$le also 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 speaking about rap newcomers below: