After finding himself in hot water for blasting Ice Cube last week, Jay Rock has explained his side and said there is no beef toward the West Coast rap veteran.
According to Rock, he was defending his clan of up-and-coming emcees when responding to Cube’s diss about local rap newcomers.
“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)
Last week, Ice Cube inked a blog post speaking on West Coast 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)
This then caught Rock’s attention who addressed the matter on 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)
Based on a biography from his website, Rock was influenced by artists like Snoop Dogg and N.W.A.
Jay Rock soon developed an interest in playing keyboards and, at age 12, writing poems. And, as he grew up in the volatile Watts streets, gangster rap began to take hold. “You couldn’t go up the street without hearing Snoop, Dre or N.W.A,” he says. Much as N.W.A and others reported about their surroundings, Jay Rock’s early poems documented his feelings — about a person, about Los Angeles, about his experiences. (Jay Rock Music)
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