What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cooooooold!
Ice Cube is set to rock the audience at Maya Day + Nighclub on Sunday, November 3 with his classic gangsta rap style and flow. Ice Cube is no stranger to the live performance game, being a rapper and emcee for over 20 years. Plus, he’s a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon with a wide-ranging filmography with credits like the recently-released “22 Jump Street” and upcoming “Ride Along 2.”
So it’s safe to say that Cube is, indeed, cooler than cool. And he has been for decades.
One of the original members of N.W.A, a rap group that included Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Cube’s career skyrocketed after the hit songs “Straight Outta Compton” and “Boyz-n-the-Hood” were released and touched the gangsta soul of middle-class white teenagers everywhere.
He told Complex Magazine last year that “Boyz-n-the-Hood” wasn’t originally for his group.
“I wrote the song. “Boyz-n-the-Hood” was actually supposed to be written for Eazy’s group. He had a group out in New York called Home Boys Only, called HBO. One of them looked like LL Cool J. Eazy wanted to write a song for them, a street song, like what we were doing on the mix-tapes,” Cube told the mag. “So when I wrote it, it was too West Coast for them. They didn’t understand the terminology. So they rejected the song. I paid for the studio time already, so Dre convinced Eazy that he had a good enough voice to do it.”
He then explained to the mag that his meeting Eazy-E was all thanks to Dr. Dre. “We connected through Dre. Him and Dre knew each other from high school. He used to DJ or promote parties or something, he used to throw high school dances.”
The performance at Maya is sure to impress those who are loyal followers as well as the ones who aren’t as familiar, since clearly, Cube isn’t new to the party. He’s prepping his material and performance for his upcoming December tour in Australia and New Zealand, adding to the accolades of his international resume.
He recently explained to LA Weekly what his favorite part of being an artist is.
“Yeah, to me it’s the creative freedom—the creative outlet is really what I love about the entertainment business. The money is the gravy on top, but I’m into the projects that I’m working on. I want them to be good. I want people to enjoy them and the money will come after that. I get off on that more than the money. That’s why I stay active. My wife will tell you when I’m not busy, I’m antsy.”
Maya Day + Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, Sunday, November 23, 8:00 p.m., $19