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Ice Cube: ‘Sex isn’t overly important to me’

I was hit by a car when I was five. I was running for an ice-cream van in South Central [Los Angeles, where he grew up], when a car threw me past the kerb. I didn’t have a broken bone or bruise, nothing. That’s divine intervention.

Growing up, I wanted to be an American footballer. I was good. But then I met Dr Dre in 1983 and my dream became musical. I wrote a song for him and it was a hit and I remember thinking: “Oh shit, I can do this.”

As part of NWA I got to share the stage with my heroes: RUN DMC, Rakim – and we were accepted as their musical peers. For me, that’s what it means to have a dream come true.

I’m more likely to cry from happiness. Crying from sadness is rare – the last time I did was a year ago at the funeral of my bodyguard, Big Herc.

People think I’m a lot harder than I am. They meet me expecting an asshole, then get to know me and are surprised that I’m not so bad.

Not providing for my family scares me. I’ve been married to my wife for more than 20 years and we’ve raised four children together. I’m only one man, and I want them set up for when I’m no longer here.

I’ve always respected women. People don’t see that because of some of my lyrics, but nobody’s safe on my records. Everybody gets it: women, men, black, white – if you’re doing stupid shit, I’m going to call you out on it.

Most of us stop being creative when we leave school. Hip-hop kept those juices flowing. We were creating visuals, music, filming skits. I don’t create for money. I always had a talent to take what I see and put it on paper.

Mind your own business and you’ll live longer. That’s the greatest advice anyone can be given.

The position of black people in the world today depresses me. There’s enough money to go round, but we’ve been relegated to the bottom of everybody’s list. Any progress, measured against the suffering, is a joke.

I still have the anger I had as a teenager. I’m just smarter than I was back then. I can see the punches coming. I’m an optimist, though. I know they’re coming and I know I’m going to overcome them.

I don’t understand why ageing bothers people. I watch 62-year-old sportscasters calling 32-year-old athletes on the field “old men”. It’s crazy. Can they play or not, fool?

Sex isn’t overly important to me. Respect and freedom and prosperity are what I care about. Freedom for myself, that is – you gotta start with yourself.

I love the smell of cooking food. I don’t cook myself because my wife is great at it. But I can taste test, set the table, all of that. I know my place.

I’d like to go back to the beginning of everything, take the apple out of Adam or Eve’s hand, whoever picked it up first. I’d slap them.

The Book of Life is in cinemas from 24 October

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On this day in music history: October 14, 1981 - “Controversy”, the fourth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Uptown Studio (Kiowa Trail Home Studio) in Chanhassen, MN, Sunset Sound, and Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA from April - July 1981. The fourth release by Prince will mark the beginning of major changes in the prolific musician’s sound and songwriting. Much like his previous albums, it will feature Prince playing nearly all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals by himself. “Controversy” is the first album in which he will use his newly acquired Linn LM-1 drum machine, which will become a cornerstone of Prince’s classic 80’s era work. It will spin off three singles including “Let’s Work” (#9 R&B), “Do Me Baby” and the title track (#3 R&B, #70 Pop). The original LP pressing will also come packaged with a poster of Prince standing in his shower clad in only black bikini underwear. The album will be reissued as a 180g vinyl LP in 2011 by Warner Bros/Rhino Records, making the title available on vinyl for the first time in nearly twenty years. It will replicate the original album packaging including the poster. “Controversy” will peak at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty one on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


Bill Withers on cultural appropriation. (via gbattle)

"In my lifetime, music went through a huge transition, to where the biggest music in the world was derivative. White people imitating black people. Some journalist got really insulted a while back, because he asked if Elvis had influenced me. [To which I replied] ‘Hell, no! To do what?’"