Jay Rock, “[Ice Cube] Got Me Hot, Man!”

There appears to be tension brewing out in Cali. Last Tuesday (March 16) Ice Cube went on his blog to address up-and-coming West Coast artists who are upset over not being a part of his recently announced new project, I Am the West.

“They’re just mad I don’t fuck with they wackass,” the living legend wrote. “They ain’t on my level. Why should I waste my time? …It ain’t my job to make nobody famous.”

Cube’s off cuff commentary ruffled a few feathers amongst new school rappers out West. Namely, 2010 XXL Freshman Jay Rock, who took offense to the comments and took to Twitter to voice his opinion. The Watts MC stirred up some controversy of his own in the process, as rumors began to circulate that there was beef between the O.G. and rap rookie.

XXLMag.com recently connected with Jay to clear up all the drama. Here, the gravely voiced rapper shares his true feelings about Cube and the state of affairs on West Coast hip-hop.

XXLMag.com: Let’s cut right to the chase; is there any beef on your end with Cube?

Jay Rock: There’s no hard feelings or beef between me and Ice Cube. I just take it personal when somebody says fuck us [the new West]. I’ve worked extra hard to get to where I am and I’ve done it with no co-sign from no one and I’m not looking for a co-sign from Cube or any other rapper. Like I said [on Twitter] all I need is my mic, my fans, my hood and this big ass gun on my side and I’m good to go.

XXLMag.com: But still, it sounded like you were calling him out?

Jay Rock: Yeah, I was calling him out. I wanted him to say who he was talking about instead of making it look like he could’ve been talking about all of us new rappers. It’s a lot of people that’s hot about what he said but I guess I was the only nigga that felt the need to speak out about it. Where I’m from in the NG’s [Nickerson Gardens housing projects] we don’t bite our tongue. We was taught by our O.G.’s to call a nigga out on whatever.

XXLMag.com: From your perspective, what’s the situation out West? Does that play a part in why you decided to speak up?

Jay Rock: From my perspective we coming for the No. 1 spot again. It’s a lot of young hot new rappers—including myself—grindin’, making a name for themselves and helping pick our coast back up. So when Ice Cube said, “Fuck these new wack ass L.A. MC’s,” he got me hot, man!

XXLMag.com: Did you get any flack from other artists for what you wrote?

Jay Rock: Since I spoke on it a lot of rappers been calling and saying they was happy I spoke on it. But I tell everybody it’s no problem or beef with me and Cube. I’m just asking that he make it clear to the world who he’s talking about, or who he’s not talking about, so the fans won’t be lost and think every new rapper on the coast is wack and need a lifeline.

XXLMag.com: Do you feel like Ice Cube was talking about you specifically?

Jay Rock: Hell, nah! I know he wasn’t talking about me but some of my fans felt like he could’ve been talking about me and I was like, “Nah, he not talking about me.” I don’t need no co-sign or lifeline from no nigga. I’m already doing my thang. I never had a convo with homie and never dissed him… But then folks from other coasts that I fuck with was like, “What’s up with that shit? Who’s he talking about?”

XXLMag.com: If you didn’t feel he was talking about you, then why did it seem like you took it so personal?

Jay Rock: I felt without him saying who he was talking about, that was a slap in the face of all the rappers in L.A. that’s been grindin’ hard and it confused a lot of fans because they don’t know who he talking about and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Besides this ain’t the first time where he said something foul. The Source asked him something like, “What did he think of myself, G. Malone, and Bishop [Lamont]?” His response was like, “They ain’t saying or doing nothing new.” This kinda been going on for a minute. So I addressed it.

XXLMag.com: A lot of people are going to say that you’re just salty or bitter. Is that the case?

Jay Rock: Let me clear this up for all the Ice Cube dick riders who feelings got hurt… I’m really a Cube fan and I know he paved the way for niggas like me. In my comments I never dissed him. I’m not looking for no attention in that way. I’m on the cover of XXL right now and I’ve been in every other magazine out. I’ve had videos on BET and MTV so attention is not what I’m looking for from this. To be real, it’s the same thing he was on when he was coming up. Shit, the name of his group was “Niggas With Attitude.” They spoke up on whatever they was feeling. So why is it so wrong when I say something? But I don’t need no verse or no co-sign because I’m already on, champ, and I got crazy bars!

XXLMag.com: How would you have liked to see Cube handle this situation to begin with?

Jay Rock: Like an O.G. would have. Pull the young homies to the side, check ’em if he have to and let them know what they doing wrong and why he don’t fuck with them. Every rapper on our coast respect what he has done for our coast and they will listen to what he has to say. He’s done what we are trying to do.

XXLMag.com: Any final message for your fans before you go?

Jay Rock: I just want my fans to know as long as I have them, I don’t need nobody else. I do respect legends in the game but if they playing while you playing you have to match up against them sometimes, like Kobe did with Jordan and Larry Holmes did with Ali. I’m sure y’all know the outcome of those match-ups. So believe me, I’m not looking for beef with nobody but I’m ready for whatever comes my way. Don’t be mad at me, that’s just how I was raised. Life in the Nickerson Gardens is rough and that makes this rap shit easy. —Brooklyne Gipson

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  • A.K.

    Jay Rock aite, haven’t really heard that much from him, but he aite..my favorite new west coast rapper Nipsey Hussle, that nigga flow laid back but he hungry at the same time..shouts out to Hussle and Drake, Im a muthafucking killlla uh huh uh

  • tronthadon

    I fuck wit Cube but he was wack for what he said..I like Jay Rock, Nipsey, Glasses, Crooked I..anybody on tha West wit summin to say..but we all know he was talkin bout Glasses becuase he said Cube was scared when he met em in tha hood..so why didnt he just address em instead of sayin fuck em all?..shit like that make niggas say fuck them old heads now they see why

  • P. Harris

    dayum cube… I fux with Jay Rock

    that’s some snake shit on cube part…


    Im a Jay Rock fan but im callin bullshit on this. Game gave you the biggest co-sign he ever gave anyone including his own artists so dont go saying that you never had a co-sign. Most of your fans are Game fans and thats a fact. I saw you on tour with the nigga, the nigga was doing features for you, cameos and even production so dont go there Rock.

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  • yoprince

    cube made some dope music.. but he soft. always has been.

    jay rock is just alright.

    nipsey hussle IS the new west.

    • Venice Rifa

      get da fuck out of here with that wack shit. If it werent for cube none of this shit would be the same. HE MADE ALL THIS SHIT

  • Jon Dog

    Tech said it best. “Them rappers soundin’ like WAAHH WAAHH WAAHH! Cry babies”


    @gthang ive never seen anything with game cosigning jayroc . i only heard him and game on 1 or 2 tracks. if anybody cosigned him i would say weezy.if you have anything with game cosigning him post so i can see it.i think jayroc is the dopest out the west right now..


    @gthang ive never seen anything with game cosigning jayroc . i only heard him and game on 1 or 2 tracks. if anybody cosigned him i would say weezy.if you have anything with game cosigning him post so i can see it.i think jayroc is the dopest out the west right now..

  • Uncle B

    It would have been nice for Cube to address who he was talking about. But, there are so many new rappers out there rapping about how good they are and they are the best to ever do it. And then they vent about veterens not helping them. If you are so good, why do you need help from a veteren? This is not directed at Jay but, the ones who claimed to be so good and whine when they don’t sell and blame the veterens for their lack of skills.

  • http://XXL $irrfresh

    “niggas lookin like larry holmes sloppy and sick/ tryin 2 playahate on my shit, u can eat a fat dick”

  • Dretruth

    two different people two different time – Jay rock is making a name for himself but by Cube being the original Gangsta rappin O.G. that speaks his mind regardless if it cause him controversy or an ass kicking he’s going to speak his mind. I never heard anything from this jay rock person but I c e Cube is the shit. When yall thirsty youngin get to his status before and if you make it to his age – then you can speak on it. Grab ya nutts!!!

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  • adrian smith england birmingham

    is jay rock mad how the fuck do you go at o.g n.w.a straight outta compton amerikkka most wanted don ice cube jay rock aint no o.g he aint goin to be around in 20 years ice cube has ice t has snoop dogg has king tee has dr dre has etc

  • The187Worm

    I like Cube but he just better leave Crooked I’s name out of itcuz Crooked is the West and is the greatest fucking lyricist out today! Crooked!!!!!!!!!

  • Fon Z

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck all this!
    Cube aint gotta address shit!!!
    Who da fuck is Jay Rock to make demands?!!

    Talkin bout he dont need shit from Cube but he jumped on XXL real quick & did a whole interview about him! nigga please…

    Da New West is weak… keep it real!
    Claiming u hard but cant even outsell or get a bigger hit than da New Boys… it’s embarrassing! …and then u ask why Cube dont fuck witcha…

    Know da damn difference between haterz & facts!

  • Justice4All

    Dudes think now that jumping on twitter, getting on the cover of XXL mag and others make them famous-I think not. Until you sell out stadiums, until you go plat/double plat/ until you have one of the most famous diss tracks to date (No Vasaline), until you carry the west on your back like cube did in the mid 90′s-until you make others around you better, until you put out AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted 1990
    Death Certificate 1991
    The Predator 1992
    Lethal Injection 1993
    War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) 1998
    War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) 2000
    Laugh Now, Cry Later 2006
    Raw Footage 2008
    I Am the West …You aint done Nothing!!!! Shut yo face and stop crying. If he wasn’t talking about you then shut up, it’s not yo business!!! The scared one always speak up first. Bum. Now let me get back to watching Boyz in the Hood.

    • twoholla@yahoo.com

      @Justice4All….well said brotha…well motherfu%$ing said…I got a bunch of Jay Rock mixtapes & songs…he’s good…I would even say dope at times…but he’s not coming anywhere CLOSE to Cube on his first 3 albums or Cube’s last 2 (‘Cry Now..’ & ‘Raw Footage’)…& I must admit viewing Jay Rock as a real emcee…he’s not even better than the Game-yeah I admit he is lame with the bi-polar lip flapping…but as far as emcee skills go & picking beats…Game trumps Jay Roc…

  • George Clooney

    Cube’s never been one to bite his tongue. This man went hard at everything and everyone from the LAPD to the president to Korean store owners to Arsenio Hall to Hollywood to the entire east coast at a time when that shit was hard to do. He was the first to bridge the West and East in terms of working with artists from NY. He was arguably the first rapper to forge a successful acting career. He’s one of the few artists that can actually say three of his albums (including NWA) are certified top 20 of all time material. The guy’s not just a vet, he’s a legend. He practically invented west coast gangster rap. How the fuck is someone like Jay Rock, who’s biggest claim to fame is a couple of mixtapes and a remake of How To Rob, going to take shots at the same dude that pioneered the sub-genre that he’s trying to profit from? I could understand if Cube said his name specifically, but if you can’t take a little chin check from the OGs every now and then, maybe you need to call it quits.


    Cant nobody fucks with CUBE, Nobody!!!
    these young dudes need to step there game up and just blow, just like the GAME did, if your just some bozo jozo with underground buzz and this that or the other then just shut the fuck up and get yours, Cube was a ghost writter, cube has a grip of platinum plaques and hes a good ass political rapper, slash gangster rapper, he single handedly took on the east coast (and won) so if you new booty dudes get but hurt over cubes remarks first you should get your fucken accolades up just like the great ice cube, then maybe we’ll give you a listen, Thats a fat Maybe…..

  • R.O.N.E

    What up peoples I think that Ice Cube is a living legend and no one can take away all that he has done but on the contrary you cant go around saying fuck this or that and not know whats really goin on. I mean the new west cats gotta eat 2 just as the old skool west cats gotta eat. What im sayin is that the new and the old should just bond together and make that west coast sound that we all used to listen 2

  • BigCityGzzy

    Errbody forget about my nicca Big Rich like he aint did sh!t 4 tha west coast..Yall mainstreme azz niccaz dont know shit so shut up biatches!

  • BigCityGzzy

    Errbody wanna forget about my nicca Big Rich like he aint did sh!t 4 tha west coast..Yall mainstreme azz niccaz dont know sh!t so shut up biatches!

  • bullets

    i think cube is a legend but i really like the new west jay rock and nipsey hussle are refreshing and crooked i is really ill idk im a straight ny nigga but stop that foolishness the west makes great music when they fuks wit each other NWA Alkaholics WEST side connection dogg pound you name em all classic shit!!!

  • Jovanny

    they will kill jay roc
    ice cube is a og
    nd his a godfather off rap

  • che

    damn,if this beef escalate cube will kill jay rocc like how he killed NWA, NO VASELINE was jus sick

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  • Hitsquad

    he said he dont need a co sign dumb ass he ddnt say he ddnt have one game fucks wid jay rock all day and his biggest co sign wasnt game it was wyne muthafucka!

  • myky

    well said an plaid