After making comments about Drake’s reign in the Hip-Hop genre, deeming the rule to be “over,” Ice Cube broke down his reflected thoughts in a recent interview with Big Boy TV clarifying his statement.
Earlier this month, during an interview with Sana G Morning Show, the N.W.A legend spoke on the average span of a rapper’s prime time and used modern-day sensation Drake as an example. Of course, Drake was an ideal example being that the interview took place amid the shine of his forfeited beef with Pusha T. As time took its course, headlines misinterpreted Cube’s expression, impersonating that the west coast notable made a call for the end of the “God’s Plan” rapper’s career.
“He had a good run,” Cube noted. “You’ve only got a three year run in the rap game. You’ve only got three years at the tip-top of the rap game before you have to find your place in this thing.” When asked if Pusha’s “The Story of Adidon” influenced the end of Drake’s run, he denied the song’s influence and said it was the decision of the Hip-Hop audience’s instead. “I think your reign becomes over, and I think the audience has determined that.”
Earlier this week in a new interview with Big Boy, Cube elaborated on the definition of his “reign becomes over” statement towards Drake saying that the understanding stems from his theory on prime time longevity in the music industry for rappers. He deemed the interpretation by publications false acknowledging that the headline was basically clickbait.
“I wasn’t saying that about Drake,” said Cube. “It’s my theory about anybody in music. You usually have a three, maybe five-year reign at the tip-top before the industry is looking for something new. That’s just, you know, I’ve seen it happen time and time and time again. It happened to me. After the reign on the tip-top, you have to find your place. Don’t fall all the way to the bottom. Find your place near the top, keep doing music, keep growing your fanbase.”
While it is all dandy and obvious that he is speaking from direct experience, that science was bypassed by many. When asked which modern day rapper he found to be in the position of “near the top,” the Hip-Hop multi-talent didn’t have an answer because his mind is far from such a concern. Or, it could be that he just does not want his expressed to be misinterpreted ever again. “I have no idea because I don’t care,” Cube answered.
Ice Cube also dropped some science about his stance on diss tracks which can also be positively interpreted as a Hip-Hop lesson by declaring the mentions of certain individuals inappropriate. “Family, kids, deceased relatives . . . I think that’s going too far,” he said. “You just got to stick with the person and try to break that person down.” Welp. Who better than Ice Cube to give insight about the protocols of Hip-Hop diss records? Modern-day spitters, take note. Watch Ice Cube’s interview with Big Boy TV, below.