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.

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  1. Ow yeah. Timo has performed in New York but he was part of the team then but his exenpierce has definetly impacted greatly in the plans having the team trying to get as nuch appearances as possible outside the Cape region.Last year after Taycee’s passing we picked up and headed to the Eastern Cape to a small town called Cala. A local radio station has been supporting Alicelibo Music since 2008 when we started sending them material.They invited us over and we gave a killer performance. The\ greatest exenpierce about it all was having different artists from the samll towns around the small cities opening up the gig for us and the support they shown to these Cape borners.The challenges of having gigs outside our region is basically accomodation and transport exenpierced by those requesting us to visit and perform in their ares.Other than than we always find a way to make the exeperience as smooth as possible.

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