West Coast rap veteran Ice Cube has clarified recent remarks he made calling out the younger generation emcees for sking for help with their careers.
While he appreciates and wishes the best for rap newcomers, Cube stressed his inability to accept artists disrespecting his veteran status in the rap game.
“I got burnt out,” Cube wrote explaining why he stopped producing new emcees. “N*ggas couldn’t take the baton and run wit it. I was sick of babysitting grown a** men and walking them through the industry…With that being said, I understand my last few blogs have been talked about in the streets and all over the internet. I want to make myself clear to all my fans who think I turned my back on the young rappers out here. No. I wish every young MC nothing but success, especially the ones from the New West. BUT, I have a major problem with any mothaf*cka from ANY COAST dissing the Old West…especially me. I’M SERVING YOU! Now, I alot of people want me to name names. Buy the record. In stores July 13th. I ain’t naming names at this time, but I’m adding names. You let me know if you wanna be on the list. (Ice Cube’s Blog)
Last week, his blog addressed 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)
Despite his remarks, Rock later said he was not intentionally trying to spark a beef with Cube.
“I felt without him saying who he was talking about, that was a slap in the face of all the rappers in L.A. that’s been grindin’ hard and it confused a lot of fans because they don’t know who he talking about and what’s going on behind the scenes,” he explained in an interview. “Let me clear this up for all the Ice Cube d*ck riders who feelings got hurt… I’m really a Cube fan and I know he paved the way for n*ggas like me. In my comments I never dissed him. I’m not looking for no attention in that way. I’m on the cover of XXL right now and I’ve been in every other magazine out. I’ve had videos on BET and MTV so attention is not what I’m looking for from this. To be real, it’s the same thing he was on when he was coming up. Sh*t, the name of his group was ‘N*ggas With Attitude.’ They spoke up on whatever they was feeling. So why is it so wrong when I say something?” (XXL Mag)
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