Ice Cube: ‘I still have the anger I had as a teenager’

Rapper believes he has got smarter with age

Ice Cube has asserted that he still retains the same anger he felt during his NWA days.

The rapper joined the group as a teenager in 1987 and became known for his aggressive rapping style and politically-charged lyrics. While younger fans might better know Cube from his family-friendly movie and TV franchise ‘Are We There Yet?’, the 45-year-old affirms that he remains as angry as ever.

“I still have the anger I had as a teenager,” said Cube in an interview with The Observer.

“I’m just smarter than I was back then. I can see the punches coming. I’m an optimist, though. I know they’re coming and I know I’m going to overcome them.

“As part of NWA I got to share the stage with my heroes: Run DMC, Rakim – and we were accepted as their musical peers. For me, that’s what it means to have a dream come true.”

Cube also spoke about what he described as “the position of black people in the world today”, saying the situation “depresses” him.

“There’s enough money to go round, but we’ve been relegated to the bottom of everybody’s list. Any progress, measured against the suffering, is a joke.”

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Cube suggested that an NWA reunion could happen as he and Dr Dre work on the biopic Straight Outta Compton.

“I’d say don’t rule anything out. It could happen,” he said. “Hopefully doing this record project will inspire Dre to make more records again. I think the movie will remind a lot of people the importance of who we were and what we did – including us. We’re here to give the people what they want so who knows what will happen after the movie.”