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Ice Cube

33 articles


Straight Outta Here? Legal war erupts in N.W.A.

Report by RJ Smith, LA Weekly, 8 February 1990

IT'S LIKE the Sex Pistols all over again. NWA, rappers from Compton, generate a huge word-of-mouth reputation, they put out a careening album quickly banned ...

NWA: Hanging Tough

Interview by Frank Owen, Spin, April 1990

Hounded by the FBI and acclaimed as the new, new Sex Pistols, NWA's rise has been rapid and sensational. But now that chief spokesman and ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority) **

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 1990

LIKE HIS new cohorts Public Enemy, Ice Cube is fueled by persecution. The rapper's first solo album since leaving N.W.A. opens with the sounds of ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Profile US import CD)

Review by Push, Melody Maker, 2 June 1990


2 Live Crew: Express Yourself

Report by RJ Smith, LA Weekly, 21 June 1990

AS WE go to press there is a Sheriff's Department search on inBroward County, Fla., for the two members of salacious rap group 2 Live ...

Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (4th & Broadway BR551)

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, August 1990

THE RELATIVELY flat reception for NWA's recent British shows was surely a direct response to rapper Ice Cube's departure in January. Ever the brutal realist, ...

Ice Cube: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 13 April 1991


Ice Cube, Yo Yo, Laquan: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 30 April 1991

I'VE ALWAYS thought that the Brixton Academy, out of the larger venues, beats the likes of The Hammersmith Odeon and Dominion hands down when it ...

Pop's new voices of rage

Comment by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 22 December 1991

THERE WAS a time, not so long ago, when rebellious rockers took on the establishment. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young railed against Richard Nixon's America ...

Ice Cube: Crime & Punishment

Interview by Robert Gordon, Creem, March 1992

Robert Gordon takes on Ice Cube over racism, sexism, homophobia and society ...

Lollapalooza 2: One Nation Under a Groove

Report by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, 15 August 1992

It's Glastonbury on wheels, a mobile Reading, the lovechild and legacy of ex-Jane's Addiction frontman and all-round chap, Perry Farrell. It's LOLLAPALOOZA, in its second ...

Cube Missive Crisis: Ice Cube: The Predator (4th & Broadway)

Review by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, 21 November 1992

YOU ARE NOT going to believe this. ...

Da Lench Mob: Straight Out Tha Jungle

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 1 December 1992

Da Lench Mob explain how the LA riots inadvertently gave birth to the title of their Guerillas In Tha Mist debut album. "We wanted to come out with a ...

Ice Cube: The Predator (Island BRLP 592)

Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 1 December 1992

'The First Day Of School'; 'When Will They Shoot'; 'I'm Scared'; 'Wicked'; 'Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha'; 'Predator'; 'It Was A Good Day'; 'We Had ...

Ice Cube: The Predator (Priority); Da Lench Mob: Guerillas In The Mist (Eastwest)

Review by Jon Young, Musician, February 1993

IN THE WAKE of the Rodney King verdict and the Los Angeles riots, Ice Cube can take grim satisfaction in seeing his harrowing rhymes validated ...

Ice Cube: Fire and Ice

Profile and Interview by William Shaw, Details, February 1993

A ganqsta's tale: From boy in the hood to prophet of rage, Ice Cube is no sellout. William Shaw meets the most incendiary man in ...

Ice Cube: Corporate Raider

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1993

Yikes! Ice Cube is America's most controversial (dead heat with Ice-T) and successful rapper, recently blasting good ole Garth Brooks off the top of the ...

Ice Cube: Murder Rap

Profile by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 11 March 1993

He's armed and he's dangerous: Ice Cube's lyrics are about race hate, the Los Angeles gangs and the glory of the gun. He's America's worst ...

Ice Cube, Kam, Da Lench Mob: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 30 March 1993

I'VE GOT TO tip my hat to the Brixton Academy for consistency. ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle (eastwest 654492279-2); Ice Cube: Lethal Injection (4th & Broadway BRCD 609)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 3 December 1993

TWO DIFFERENT versions of the art of gangsta rap. Twenty-one-year-old Los Angeleno Snoop Doggy Dogg is about to make history by having his debut album ...

Ice Cube: Lethal Injection (Island)

Review by Andy Gill, Q, January 1994

CUBE'S LATEST missive from the front line of black resentment opens with a homicidal racist gag, Dr Ice Cube getting his patient Mr White to ...

Primal Scream, Radiohead, Pulp, Manic Street Preachers et al: Reading Festival, Berkshire — Saturday

Live Review by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, 3 September 1994

ON A REMARKABLE autumn's day on which Chelsea go from to two down to three up at Leeds, Everett True gets hospitalised because he's too ...

Ice Cube / Gravediggaz: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 10 September 1994

TRY AND tie down hip-hop with yer baggage and it always finds a way to bust loose. Never mind asking "Has Rap Gone Too Far", ...

Ice Cube & Public Enemy: Patinoire De Malley, Lausanne

Live Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 17 September 1994

Yodel, Bum Rush The Show ...

Various Artists: Murder Was The Case (Death Row/lnterscope 6544-92484-2 15 tks/74 mins/FP)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 12 November 1994

HOMIE-CIDAL MANY ACTS A new Snoop Doggy Dogg record? Yes and no and a whole lot more. Murder Was The Case is an extremely violent 18-minute ...

Cypress Hill: Do Believe The Hype

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 16 September 1995

CYPRESS HILL's self-titled debut album changed the face of hip hop. Their second, Black Sunday, was the rap crossover LP of the early Nineties. But ...

Biggie, Tupac et al: Hollywood or Bust-up

Report and Interview by William Shaw, The Observer, 7 July 1996

New York can lay claim to having invented rap, but LA has violently rewritten the rules. William Shaw charts an increasingly bitter rivalry ...

Mack 10, Kool Keith: House of Blues, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 9 January 1998

Mack 10 Delivers Gangsta Rap With a Smile and a Surprise ...

Dr Dre/Snoop Dogg/Eminem/Ice Cube: The Up In Smoke Tour (Eagle Vision)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, March 2001

IN WHICH THE meanest mf-ers in contemporary hip hop, now wallowing in a gargantuan trough of dollars, give themselves 10 times more than enough rope, ...

Ice Cube: Respectability? It Can Wait

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 29 August 2006

He went from gangsta notoriety to Hollywood stardom. Now Ice Cube has returned to the studio – to show today's rappers where they've gone wrong. ...

Make A Date: Ice Cube

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, June 2008

THERE WAS ONCE a time when Ice Cube was actually considered a threat to civic order. Police would bust NWA shows. Op-ed columns in U.S. ...

When Ice Cube Was Hardcore

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 6 December 2013


Jerry Heller, 1940-2016

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 7 September 2016

Music manager who launched NWA and set up Ruthless Records with Eazy-E   ...

see also N.W.A.

see also Da Lench Mob


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