West Coast rap veteran Kurupt has weighed in on Ice Cube‘s remarks about California newcomers and the reaction it set-off with Jay Rock.
The former Death Row artist said he understood both sides but that Cube deserves respect.
“As far as what Cube said and what Jay Rock said, I really pay neither of it any attention,” Kurupt said in an interview. “‘Cause Cube’s an original, and you know I look at Ice Cube as an elder. And one thing you do is you respect your elders, and you respect their opinions. I respect Cube and I respect his opinion. I think a lot of people have been taking shots to irritate Cube, which made Cube respond the way he did. As far as Jay Rock, I feel the same way about Jay Rock; I feel that Jay Rock feels he needs to respond for the young generation and represent for them, and this is what it is. But the one thing I don’t agree with is the west-on-west situation. We got enough trouble in the West Coast. We don’t need the originals and the youngsters getting into it. Though Jay Rock’s a grown man; we call them “youngsters” ’cause he’s new in the game. But he’s grown.” (XXL Mag)
Cypress Hill‘s B-Real also sided with Cube and said he understood the controversial statements.
“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)
Check out Ice Cube addressing the rap newcomers below: