New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ice Cube

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Ice Cube - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited when hip hop legend Ice Cube visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special meet-and-greet event to celebrate his latest album, Everythangs Corrupt. Before he met with fans, the LA rapper, actor, writer, and producer did a little shopping for his wife and sat down with us for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "Man, If you wanna stay married 26 years like your boy," he advised, "buy your wife some shit sometimes, alright? Not just you." 

Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube's music career began in 1984 with the hip-hop group C.I.A.; after the Ice Cube - Everythang's Corruptgroup disbanded, Cube formed N.W.A. with Dr. DreArabian Prince, and Eazy-E. The group would go on to become gangsta rap legends, dropping classic albums like Straight Outta Compton (1988). Ice Cube and N.W.A. parted ways in 1989 and Cube struck out on his own as a solo artist, making a mark with smart, sharp socio-political albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991). 

After the release of his second LP, Ice Cube transitioned to acting, drawing accolades for his work in '91's Boyz n the Hood. He then went on to write and star in the Friday films: Friday (1995), Next Friday (2000), and Friday After Next (2002). Other film credits include Barbershop, Ride Along, and XXX. He served as producer on 2015's biographical N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton. Over the course of his career, Ice Cube has managed to balance his work in the film and music worlds, regularly releasing critically-acclaimed West Coast hip-hop albums for the past three decades. His latest is 2018's Everythangs Corrupt.

The first thing Ice Cube found for his wife was one of her favorites, Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh. He recalled how she wasn't able to download the record after paying for it on iTunes. "That's why I thank God for vinyl," he proclaimed. "Own music, buy music, and it's yours. I just think it's the coolest format. Digital is fake reality. Digital is just a promise that might not be kept tomorrow."

Ice Cube also picked up the new 6LP Aretha Franklin box set, Atlantic Records 1960s Collection, which both he and his wife would enjoy. "She is the Queen. One of the best who ever did it." Another record for his wife was Beyonce's Lemonade."She thought it was balls how Beyonce just dropped it, without the label, you know, fuckin' with it," he explained. 

It wasn't all presents in his bag, however. Ice Cube did choose a little something for himself: a box set by the "best hip hop group ever." Which group earned such high praise from Cube? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Ice Cube - What's In My Bag?
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