Ice Cube Recalls Falling In Love With Hip Hop


Ice Cube has been a cornerstone of Hip Hop since beginning his career in the mid-‘80s. In a sneak preview of his upcoming VH1 episode of “Behind the Music,” the former N.W.A. member recalls falling in love with the culture, explaining that his DJ uncle and Sugarhill Gang were to blame.

“It clicked with me in elementary. I discovered hip-hop at 10 years old, since 1979. My uncle Jerry was taking me to the dentist. He used to be a DJ and would throw parties, deejaying,” he says. “So he had a lot of records and he had this big radio about this big in the backseat. He was into Confunction and Earth, Wind & Fire and Ohio Players and stuff like that. But this one song came on, which was ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ and it mesmerized me. One thing in rap, a song that’s 11 or 12 minutes, they rapping the whole way through. And that just turned me on.”

That planted the seed for Cube’s passion for Hip Hop, encouraging him to soak up the culture in every regard.

“From then on, I had a thirst for the music. I could see anything Hip Hop. Back then, it wasn’t everywhere. You had to find specials on breakdancing and anything on hip-hop, you damn near had to have a treasure map to find it. I was looking. I used to look in TV Guide for anything that had everything that had to do with graffiti, breakdancing, rapping, scratching – anything that had to do with anything being a B-Boy.”

Ice Cube’s “Behind the Music” episode airs tomorrow night (July 6th) at 10 p.m. on VH1.

Chilli Seeking Men For New VH1 Reality Show

Posted: Tuesday – September 1, 2009

TLC group member Chilli is the latest celebrity to land a reality show seeking to find true love.

Chilli, along with VH1, Doron Ofir Casting and FremantleMedia North America seek eligible bachelors to appear on the show in an attempt to win the R&B singer’s heart.

Casting agents are seeking eligible males between the ages of 25-40 years-old for the untitled show, which is slated to broadcast as part of VH1’s upcoming new programming lineup.

Chilli, born Rozonda Thomas, is part of TLC with Tionne “T-Boz“ Watkins and deceased group member and rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

She also has baby by super producer Dallas Austin.

The pair will play their first American show in over seven years, as part of the “Justin Timberlake and Friends” benefit concert at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The benefit concert takes place October 17 for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The concert also features performances by Alicia Keys, Ciara and Taylor Swift.

To apply for Chilli’s untitled reality show, send an email to

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