When Q-Tip rapped, “I said, ‘Well, Daddy, don’t you know that things go in cycles?,’” on “Excursions” he never broke down how long it would take for a new cycle to begin. According to Ice Cube in a 106 KMEL interview, when it comes to a rapper’s reign at the top the game, it’s three years. And in Cube’s opinion, those three years are up for Drake.
While at the radio station to promote the Big3 match day in Oakland (July 3), hosts Sana G and G Biz get Ice Cube’s take on who is at the top the rap game right now. Ice Cube says Drake has built up a nice career, but similar to greats like Lil Wayne or T-Pain, or a contemporary like Kendrick Lamar, and even Cube himself, the time spent at the top is limited.
“You only got a three-year run basically at the top …] and then you gotta find your place in this game,” posits Cube. Then at that point, he thinks that people look for someone else. He also gives props to 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg, who made big waves when they stepped onto the scene.
G Biz then brings up Pusha T’s beef with Drake and asks if that ended Drake’s reign. Cube says his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., has kept him updated but Cube still needs to digest all it. But Cube does comment Pusha bringing up Drake’s family “ain’t cool.”
He doesn’t say it’s too far though since he believes with each beef, the artists decide how far the revenge goes. He also comments he didn’t go too far with his scathing diss track “No Vaseline.”
Later in the interview, Cube defends the long rollout for the rumored Last Friday film will only come out when it’s “funny as hell” and everyone is happy with it. Cube has reached out to Chris Tucker to be in it and has confirmed most the original cast.
He also said he’s working on a new album titled Everythang’s Corrupt, which will be out in the fall.
Watch the full interview below.