West Coast rapper Nipsey Hu$$le has weighed in on Ice Cube‘s recent blog marks calling out rap newcomers from California.
From Nipsey’s perspective, his association with Cube gave him a pass.
“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)
Cube recently clarified his remarks and said he was only protecting his veteran status.
“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 therecord. 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)
Check out Nipsey Hu$$le’s interview below: