Ice Cube Visits ‘Last Call’

dropped by ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Friday to promote his new album ‘Laugh Now, Cry Later’ and to perform ‘Why We Thugs’. He discussed writing his first rap in typing class, the state of rap music today, Oprah not liking hip-hop, returning to touring for the first time in a while, that it’s up to Dr. Dre to put together a NWA reunion, and more. Read on for a rough transcript.

Carson: Welcome back, our first guest tonight is a rapper, actor, writer,
producer, and pretty much anything else you want to associate in the entertainment
business. The new album is “laugh now, cry later.” He’s gonna perform.
He’s gonna chat. Here’s ice cube.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Carson: What’s happening? You good?

Ice Cube: Yeah, yeah!

[ Screams and applause ] Man, you got the best audience.

Carson: I’m telling you. You know how we roll.

[ Cheers and applause ] You know how we roll. I mean, I’m already crossing
stuff off. You come out here, I had the whole “yeah, yeah,” right here
and you did it.

[ Laughter ] Can’t do that.

Ice Cube: Trademark, it’s a trademark, man.

Carson: It’s just, you’ve been on the show before. I’ve been in new
york for ten years, but you know, I’m from santa monica, right over there,
you see my crib.

[ Laughter ] And I have talked to you many, many times. I don’t think
I ever asked you about this, about, like, we go back to the nwa days a
lot, but what about you coming up and wanting to rap. Do you remember the
first rap you ever wrote?

Ice Cube: Oh, yeah, yeah, I don’t remember it. But, I remember doing

Carson: Like, where were you? How old –?

Ice Cube: I was about 14 in typing class, you know.

[ Laughter ]

Carson: In typing class?

Ice Cube: Yeah, it don’t really — it don’t, you know, cube and typing
just don’t really go.

Carson: Why were you in a typing class in —

Ice Cube: Because I was lazy and I didn’t want to go to the counselor
and get my electives like everybody else.

[ Laughter ] So you know, if you don’t get your electives, you just
did what they give you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Carson: Yeah, yeah. So are you typing and you just start typing?

Ice Cube: You know I hate it, because I’m like I’m never going to be
you know somebody that types, you know.

[ Laughter ]

Carson: Right.

Ice Cube: It wasn’t my thing, so, a guy named kiddo that was in class
with me, he just turned around and said, “yo, you ever wrote a rap before?”
I’m like, no. He said, “you write one, I’ll write one, we’ll see which
one’s better.”

Carson: So you just sat there? You’re just like, “‘f’ the police!” Ding!

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers and applause ] It looks like you’re working, though.

Ice Cube: Yeah.

Carson: So your teacher’s like, “cube, are you working?” And you’re
like, “yeah, I’m working. ‘Coming straight from the underground.'” Ding!

Ice Cube: Yeah, pretty much.

Carson: That’s great, for you to go to the producers, like here you
go, here are my raps. They’re all typed. Nice and neat.

[ Laughter ]

Ice Cube: No.

Carson: That is awesome. The new album I’m excited about, is “laugh
now, cry later” as I mentioned. It had a great —

[ Cheers and applause ]

Ice Cube: Thank you.

Carson: Let’s just get right into this, ’cause there’s a track that
I find interesting, and knowing a little bit about you, cube — it’s track
five and it’s called “child support.” Let me play just a little bit —

thank god that the gangsta’s back we ain’t got to put up with this brainless

may your lungs collapse M.C’s are funny all you can rap about is

[ Expletive ] And money

Carson: “Brainless rap — all can you can rap about is is what you said.

[ Light laughter ] And I think this is an interesting question, because
I think, well, you must feel like a father figure to all these young rappers
out now.

Ice Cube: Well, you know, I feel like I’m a father that’s gangsta-ish.
You know what I mean?

[ Cheers and applause ] And I feel like I got a lot of rat bastards
out there, and I’m not paying them child support.

Carson: Right, and does it bother you? What do you think about the state
of hip-hop? It seems like, nobody’s — no offense to anybody, but — I
mean, t-pain writes a song “I’m in love with a stripper.” How much pain
is in that?

[ Light laughter ]

Ice Cube: Yeah.

Carson: That’s not the pain that I grew up with. With you and ren and
yella and dre. We were into some serious stuff, you know? — Cpt, I went
through that with you.

Ice Cube: We went through it. You know, santa monica, I know, was going

[ Light laughter ]

Carson: I was in the hoop-ty.

[ Applause ] I’m telling you, I just — I don’t know where the kids
and hip-hop are at and where their heads are at, you know. ‘Cause now it’s
just production. And it’s the champagne, the cristal, and the same girls
in the videos and the malibu mansions they rent. Does that bother you?

Ice Cube: It bothers me a lot.

[ Laughter ] No, you know, I’m not tripping off that. You know, it is
what it is. Rap always goes through its phases, its eras, and, you know,
rap is bigger than it’s ever been.

Carson: It’s huge now, right?

Ice Cube: And I have no complaints, you know. I got the number two rap
record in the country right now.

[ Cheers and applause ] Not bad at all.

Carson: You mention that rap is bigger now than ever, and I went to
a rap concert recently, and I thought I was at a hockey game. I mean, it
was — it’s a very, very — white kids are so into hip hop.

Ice Cube: Yeah, you know, the hip-hop nation doesn’t discriminate at
all. You know, the hip-hop nation doesn’t care how old you are, how young
you are, what color you are. Just come on and be a part of it. Don’t worry
about —

Carson: Let me ask you this. Why is the only hip-hop hater oprah?

[ Laughter ] Isn’t that — isn’t that ironic?

Ice Cube: I don’t know what’s up with her.

Carson: What is her deal?

Ice Cube: I don’t know. I don’t know, man. You know, maybe she got too
much money to worry about what we’re doing.

[ Light laughter ]

Carson: Do you know this whole thing? Like, guys like ludacris went
on there to promote “crash,” and just — she doesn’t get behind it. She
was, like, yelling at him backstage. And I don’t get it at all. I’m gonna
do a drive-by on harpo. What do you think about that? A harpo drive-by.

[ Cheers and applause ] Just to scare him. No one’s gonna get hurt.

Ice Cube: Maybe she want to us to put — maybe she want us to put her
in one of those videos or something.

[ Cheers and applause ] Ya’ll think oprah can drop it like it’s hot?

Carson: We can.

Ice Cube: Oprah, can you drop it like it’s hot?

Carson: Yeah, I don’t know, can she? I doubt it.

Ice Cube: Oprah, can you drop it like it’s hot?

Carson: Yeah, I don’t know if she’s watching. But she breaks the books
— the books. Guys go to millions — all she can do is embrace the hip-hop
community very easily, put cube on, put the album out. You’re selling tons.
She should support that stuff. She should support me.

Ice Cube: Everybody ain’t cool as you, man. Everybody ain’t cool as
you, carson. Don’t worry about that.

[ Laughter ]

Carson: My — in hip-hop. You know I’m worried about it. So the album
is out now. You haven’t toured in quite some time, but now you’re touring?

Ice Cube: Yeah. I went on a tour to promote the record. We did 24 cities.

Carson: How’d that go?

Ice Cube: It was dope, you know? What’s cool is I got 20 years of material
to do. So, you know, I go from ’86, to 2000.

Carson: How do you pick your set list? Do you change it from city to

Ice Cube: Sometimes.

Carson: And are you like a david bowie or somebody, who has — or elton
john who has –?

Ice Cube: No, nothing like that.

[ Laughter ]

Carson: How do you — they have teleprompters at the bottom to remember
the lyrics. Do you remember all the lyrics and everything?

Ice Cube: Yeah, come on, now.

[ Laughter ] Come on, man.

Carson: I’m glad you said that. Nwa, I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask,
’cause I always ask this about a reunion.

Ice Cube: That’s a dr. Dre question. ‘Cause, you know, he’s the mastermind
for the production of nwa. I mean, without dre, means that it’s not nwa.

Carson: Where’s dre been? I haven’t heard from him in years.

Ice Cube: I don’t know. You know, dre is like the wizard of oz. You
know what I mean?

[ Laughter ]

Carson: Yeah, yeah, he is. He’s the man behind the curtain.

Ice Cube: Yeah, you can follow the yellow brick road, but that don’t
mean you’re gonna find him. You know what I mean?

[ Light laughter ]

Carson: If he ever gets some time maybe that’ll all happen?

Ice Cube: Yeah, he know my number. He know I got lyrics.

Carson: I would love to be master songwriter for that.

[ Cheers and applause ] What are you gonna do for us on stage?

Ice Cube: Oh, I’m gonna do my song, “why we thugs.”

Carson: Yeah, “why we thugs,” okay. Did you bring any chicks?

Ice Cube: Huh?

[ Laughter ]

Carson: Bring any girls?

Ice Cube: You got them all, man. What you talking about?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Carson: Ice cube, everybody. This is the record. It’s fantastic. He’ll
perform in a minute. We’ll be right back with louis ck, right after this.

[ Cheers and applause ] Why do I use neosporin?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Carson: Thank you. Ice cube’s going to perform momentarily.

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