In an interview with HipHopDX, Ice Cube speaks about his experience touring with Eminem in the course of Up In Smoke days.
When asked if there was a moment that standout to him during the tour, Cube said; “That was the first tour that I took my sons on. I am like, ‘You all hanging with me? You all about to grow up.’ I had them rolling with me, and just having the energy of all those humongous groups. I mean, at the time, Eminem was opening up after Warren G, Eminem was going on. So that just shows you the level that we were at, that we were on. He could have headlined.”
“It is just being with the best teams. You talk about the United States Olympic Dream Team or the ’90s Bulls, the ’80s Lakers, Shaq and Kobe, it is up there. You know you are at a point where it gets no better than this and that is what Up In Smoke Tour was.”
Cube also fleshed out why leaving N.W.A group was his biggest career risk.
“I think leaving N.W.A, that was a big risk,” The rapper answered when asked about his biggest career risk. Cube left the group in December 1989 and started a solo career with 1990’s Amerikka Most Wanted and 1991 Death Certificate and was successful.
The 52-year-old actor said, “It could have went all bad from there after reaching the mountain top, and you just kind of throw yourself off,”
“So that could have went bad, but it taught me how to trust myself, trust what I see and what I believe. And I was dedicated to not letting this business change who I am.”
The N.W.A was an American group from Compton. It is one of the most influential and considered one of the greatest groups in the history of hip-hop music. It consisted of Arabian Prince, MC Ren, Ice Cube(himself), Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and Dr. Dre.
Ice Cube also took the time to share a lesson he learned when he worked on going solo all those years.
He said, “I feel nothing is worth saving, Do what you feel or don’t do it. Don’t worry about the past or the future, just do what you feel. And you’ll be able to live with yourself at the end of the day, whether anybody likes it or not. As long as you can live with yourself, that’s all that matters.”