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For The Record: Ice Cube Talks ‘Everythang’s Corrupt,’ Rules For Diss Tracks, & Real Life Inspiration For ‘Friday’

Over thirty years into Ice Cube’s music career, the gangster rap pioneer is still releasing new material. In December 2018, the West Coast legend dropped his latest album, Everythang’s Corrupt, a sociopolitical body of work which takes on President Trump, the prescription pill epidemic, and police corruption. On the latest episode of For The Record, Ice Cube sat down with Genius' Head of Artist Relations Rob Markman to discuss why he isn’t afraid to speak his mind, explain his rules for diss tracks, and share the real life inspiration for his 1995 classic film Friday.

“You can’t be so scared about what you’re going to lose that you don’t fight for what you have,” Ice Cube says about standing up for his beliefs. “Not that I’m just walking all gangster and just make people do shit, but I’m be myself in all situations and I don’t care what it costs because that fear is not living. That fear is playing it safe and that ain’t life.”

The “No Vaseline” MC continued by explaining how a rapper can take a battle one step too far by bringing in their opponent’s loved ones. “I don’t have to go at your family and your kin and your kids,” he says. “If I’m mad at you, trust me, I can think of five verses for you. Just you.”

To close out the conversation, he revealed the inspiration for Friday. Just like the protagonist Craig, Ice Cube’s brother was fired on his day off. “[My brother] went to see George Clinton and Mtume,” he remembers. “The next day was his day off. He was faded. He wanted to go get his check… About 90 minutes later, I heard him come in the door, ‘Mama, I just got fired.’”

Check out the full interview with Ice Cube in the video above, and catch up on all of the lyrics to Everythang’s Corrupt on Genius now. Stay tuned next week for another new episode of For The Record.

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