Ice Cube On Tour: Proclaims Love of Hip-Hop Over Hollywood [Exclusive Coverage]
Chicago, IL -- In support of his latest project, Raw Footage, Ice Cube embarked on a 22-city tour across the country that began in Seattle, Washington, on August 21 and will come to an end next weekend at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.
For most artists, the purpose of a concert tour is to showcase new material in support of a forthcoming or newly-released-released project. The purpose behind Cube’s Raw Footage tour, however, is slightly different.
Though he understands the importance of supporting an album by playing shows all across the country, the act of touring itself signifies something far greater.
Since 1990, the Los Angeles native has released eight full-length studio albums and has starred in 21 major motion pictures. With his past work dedicated to both sides of the entertainment industry’s proverbial fence, which title comes first for Cube-- rapper or actor?
This past Saturday, at Chicago’s famous House of Blues, the versatile artist born O'Shea Jackson set out to provide an answer to that very question.
“People are always asking me, “When are you going to stop rapping?” Man, I am sick of all the critics,” said Cube. After hearing those words, the packed house threw up their W’s in unison and began to chant the performer’s name.
Mixing up an assortment of his most popular records, tour DJ Crazy Tunes dropped fan-favorites such as “It Was A Good Day,” and “What Can I Do?, as well as newer hits like “Smoke Some Weed,” “Go To Church,” “Why We Thugs” and “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.”
Each record that Cube performed showcased his absolute love for his craft. This fact was highly apparent about forty minutes into the performance, as he exited stage left for a quick break (no, he didn’t change clothes). Following a short fill-performance from hypeman and longtime friend WC, Cube re-emerged from backstage with an ear to ear smile.
Though it was supposed to appear as if Cube’s momentary disappearance was because of quick smoke break, the legendary emcee actually needed to take a breather, wipe off his face, and drink some water. The vocal energy supplied during the opening portion of his show nearly made the emcee lose his voice. Not bad for a supposed relic, huh?
Despite starring alongside the likes of Academy Award winners George Clooney (Three Kings) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), and earning plenty of loot as a result, Cube will forever value his skills on the mic over his skills in front of the camera. As much as Hollywood loves Cube, Hip-Hop loves him that much more-- if you don't realize why, go see him live, and you're sure to leave convinced.
Article By Brian "Z" Zisook, All Photos By Eric Weiler