Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Ice Cube's authentic West Coast

'I Am The West' rapper Ice Cube has said any gangster rap which doesn't come from the US West Coast is not ''authentic''.
Great deals on musical instruments

Ice Cube claims gangster rap which doesn't come from the US West Coast is not "authentic".

The veteran rapper and actor said his forthcoming album 'I Am The West' will see him return to the distinctive, largely Californian rap sound of the late 80s and early 90s, which he pioneered with all star group N.W.A and in his early days as a solo rapper.

Ice told RWD magazine: "If you want the West Coast Hip Hop you should be getting from: me, Snoop Dogg, some of the other homies on the West Coast that's doing it, you know what I mean.

"If you look for hardcore gangsta rap and you're getting it anywhere else, you're not getting it authentic; it's not coming from the source."

The West coast hip hop sound extensively samples from funk and soul records and is generally categorised by having a more laid back, funky, slower rhythm and warmer sound than that of the East Coast; the other prevalent sound in US rap until the rise of the south in the last decade.

In the early 90s the opposing hip hop styles were in fierce competition with each other, which eventually escalated from rap feuds and releasing 'diss' songs against one other to actual gang violence, culminating in the deaths of Notorious B.I.G from the East Coast and Tupac Shakur from the West.

Ice Cube said he was in no way trying to reignite any type of feud between the two different coasts with his latest record.

He said: "I don't believe this record is a clash between the West and East. You know, it's like , Why every time the West Coast celebrate who we are, we beefing against the East, you know what I mean? You know, Jay-Z just did a song about New York, 'Empire State of Mind'. Nobody thought he was beefing against the West.

"So, you know, people just need to cut it out."

Posted on 29 Sep 2010 07:00 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Research from the National Association for Music Education has recently highlighted the most fundamental aspects of an effective practice routine and how to be a better musician

30 Dec 2016 15:56
thumbnail

MusicRadar recently spoke to iZotope to get their opinion on intelligent mixers and how they are impacting the contemporary producer.

29 Dec 2016 13:11
thumbnail

The grandfather of virtual reality Jaron Lanier relays a time when the first explorations into virtual reality were concerned with how to create a real air guitar.

28 Dec 2016 16:46
thumbnail

In the wake of an increasing trend for musicians having to work for free or for less than they're entitled to, the Musicians Union show their support.

22 Dec 2016 12:01
thumbnail

Some formats of compressed MP3 have been linked with negatively effecting individuals emotional state due to their inherent tonal characteristics

8 Dec 2016 13:04
thumbnail

Featuring a whole host of professional grade components, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio is available now at an incredibly discounted price.

17 Nov 2016 09:53

Recent Music News

thumbnail

With 17 touch sensitive, motorized faders and 17 recallable XMAS preamps, the StudioLive 16 brings the user complete recording versatility when operating in the field.

23 Jan 2017 10:58
thumbnail

Sabian's NAMM releases have been specifically designed to spice up your drum kits overall sound and give you a definitive and varied spectrum of tone

20 Jan 2017 15:41
thumbnail

With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up

20 Jan 2017 14:40
thumbnail

With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits

20 Jan 2017 12:52
thumbnail

A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original

20 Jan 2017 11:47
thumbnail

Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.

20 Jan 2017 11:14