West Coast Menace: Ice Cube

As a member of the bad boy rap group, N.W.A, and within his solo career, Ice Cube has proven himself as one of the smartest and most complex minds within the pool of gangsta rap.  The evolution of hip-hop that originally circled around four key elements,  MCing, DJing, graffiti art and breakdancing in the 1970s and 1980s, has advanced over the years although many producers still follow the old techniques to create the old soul record feeling on new tracks. A major move took place in the game back in 1987 stemming in Compton, California which shifted the existing dynamic of routinely resorting toward politically and socially motivated tracks over to gangsta rap. A group of rebellious and ambitious rappers, N.W.A, which consisted of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren brought to life an album titled, ‘Straight Outta Compton’, that later shaped the future of hip-hop.

Ice Cube, who is known to be one of the strongest performers in rap, dominates every stage that he steps foot on while always sharing lines with his rapping sidekicks while security men and women watch him impassively. Listeners are chanting the lyrics with him at all times while Ice Cube ruthlessly lashes out at everyone throughout his lyrics such as policemen, political leaders, everyday pedestrians and so on. Ice Cube has also made an impact throughout many big-screen movies throughout his career including ‘Friday’, ‘Next Friday’, ‘Are We There Yet?’ and ‘All About the Benjamin’s.’  Every city has its own breed of pioneers who have created their own uniquely special history, but Ice Cube has made a name for himself in the West dishin’ out tenacious lyrics and rhymes and doing what he does best. Ice Cube has maintained the attention of his fans spittin’ over cold beats while he subliminally lets everyone know loud and clear that he does not live his life in fear. Cube’s aggressive style reveals the struggles that he went through to reach the level of success that has never gotten to his head and speaks directly to listeners. The chemistry between every strategically chosen collaboration that Ice Cube has chosen to be involved in paints versatility and consistency that has led the West Coast King to create tracks brimming with consciousness that has burgeoned Hip-Hop history. Here’s 10 of Cube’s boldest and most potent rhymes.


10. “But you know, I’m a menace to society
But girls in biker shorts are so fly to me
So I step to em, with aggression
Listen to the kid, and learn a lesson today.”

Track – “I Ain’t tha 1” 


9. “Hear me banging down these back streets
Bumpin’ Blackstreet, treated like a athlete
Life ain’t a track meet, nah, it’s a marathon
Fuck the cemetery that a nigga get buried on
“We be clubbing” till the day we die
Nigga ask the bartender if you think we lie
But if you think we high, nigga think again
Cause when it’s sink or swim
You got to think to win.”

Track – “You Can Do It”


8. “Kickin’ shit called street knowledge
Why more niggas in the pen than in college?
Now ’cause of that line I might be your cellmate
That’s from the nigga ya love to hate.”

Track – “The Nigga ya Love to Hate”


7. “Underground parking, guns start sparkin’
ATF enemies all around start chargin’
Tryin’ to fuck up my new suit and my weekend
Ask me what you want, you bitch! I ain’t speaking'”

Track – “Maniac in the Brainiac” 


6. “Take a good look at my motherfuckin jacker
About to feel the wrath, of a greedy ass cracker
Pale as snow, so you know the hoe stand out
Comin in my hood with his hand out.”

Track – “Trespass”


5. “How to survive in South Central
A place where bustin’ a cap is fundamental
No, you can’t find the shit in a handbook
Take a close look, at a rap crook.”

Track – “How To Survive In South Central”


4. “All I wanna do is have fun with yo’ loved ones
spend a hun’ with yo’ loved ones
make a run with yo’ loved ones.”

Track – “My Loved One”


3. “Never up in Spago’s when we knock hoes
head her off with some Reeboks and Cagos
Westside rollin’ even if the car’s stolen
even if my eyes shut & jaw swollen.”

Track – “Men of Steel”


2. “A bitch is a bitch
So if I’m poor or rich
I talk in the exact same pitch.”

Track – “A Bitch is a Bitch”


  1. “Fuck the police comin’ straight from the underground
    Fuckin’ pig wanna act like he like me now
    In 86 same bitch tried to lock me down
    And motherfuckers wanna ask why I’m cocky now.”

Track – “In The Late Night Hour”

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