Watch What You Say To Me


Finally got around to reading the LA Weekly N.W.A. article re-release and I must admit it’s quite entertaining. It’s always good money when the gangsta rapper (in this case group leader Eazy-E) shows off his automatic weaponry to the wide-eyed White journalist.

“Give me the revolver, man… Put in the gunpowder, boom. Give me the scope, man… No, man, that’s a BB gun, ain’t nothing in that one… That one is an ugly motherfucker right here, man, you got to hide that, yeah… John F. Kennedy. John Fuckin’ Kennedy — that scope is def.”

But it’s not the greasy gun talk here that has me vexed, it’s a slick backside comment made by Mr. O’Shea “Can You See” Jackson on page 2 of this historic 1989 article.

“Public Enemy uses plastic guns, you know,” Ice Cube says.

Say what, you jheri-curled bastard! Ha! The irony is less than a year later the nigga who’s wasn’t getting paid would be 100 miles and running into the arms of Chuck D and PE’s production Bomb Squad. Ooh, the irony.

Way before Jay would become an American Gangster, Cube was Amerikkka’s Most Wanted—one helluva solo debut. Here are a few of YN’s faves from a classic that many true heads like the homie MC Serch have in their top 5.

“Once Upon A Time In The Projects”

“Endangered Species (Tales From The Darkside)” (Featuring Chucky D)

“I’m Only Out For One Thang” (Featuring Flavor Flav)

“It’s A Man’s World” (Featuring ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme co-host Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whitaker)

Sidebar: Peep the homie W.C. on the far left of the cover. He’s the only dude who’s still rolling with Doughboy from day one. I see you K-Dee! “I’m the Freshest MC in the world.”

  • cris postseason

    Yo on the other side aint that mack 10 in the corner?

  • TEK

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • these posts are racist

    Ice Cube is great man. I was about 11 or 12 years old when this album dropped. I remember how it made me feel. I would get bullied or punked out or the financial situation at the crib had me stressed and this album would take all that pain away.

    I miss good Rap.

  • metwo

    aint that mack 10 directly behind cube’s left shoulder?

  • b-ease

    I also thought it was interesting when the writer noted that “Ice Cube could rap over any producers beats”. Ill forshadowing on his part.

    Also, as classic as AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted is, I dont think its as listenable a album as Death Certificate.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    I thought you was gonna drop that ‘Burn Hollywood Burn’ in honor of Cube’s motion picture lifestyle.

  • Fire

    Amerikkka’s Most Wanted is a classic from start to finish. Cube is one of the greatest MCs ever. Thanks for posting these fire tracks.

  • Caine

    A lot of deez youngstas sleep on Cube cuz they only know him from da movies. But on some real ish, Cube is one of da best dat done did it…

  • concerned hater

    aaah tales from the darkside, it’s been too long… dont shoot, dont shoot clack clack clackidy clack, sweet sounds to my 8 year old ears

  • Latino Heat

    “ice cube? that nigga that make family movies?” riley from the boondocks. so sad but true that these youngstas dont know the real ice cube. by the way the best cube song is Giving Up the Nappy Dugout. cause its so so true. these hoes aint shit.