NWA Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: Celebrating Ice Cube
Today was a good day for NWA: the Compton-based rap veterans were named as one of the 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Predictably, the internet is already incensed–“Rap isn’t rock!”–and, if you listen closely, you can hear grandmas nationwide remark about how rap music isn’t beautiful.
But forget the haters. This has been a hallmark year for NWA: biopic Straight Outta Compton was released to rave reviews and box office success (despite the fact that it ignored Dr. Dre’s brutal beating of journalist Dee Barnes), Dr. Dre released an album after a 16-year hiatus, and, for some reason, people are still wearing Beats headphones.
For Ice Cube, perhaps NWA’s most public figure, the victory has to feel especially sweet. Prior to the release of Straight Outta Compton, Cube had become primarily known for his acting in family films, like Are We There Yet? That’s a long way from saying “fuck the police.” To celebrate the reaffirmation of his early career, here are some of our favorite moments from Ice.
Best accompanied with a snap and a click of the tongue, “Bye Felicia” has become the tell off of a generation. Defined by Urban Dictionary as “when someone says that they’re leaving and you could really give two shits less that they are,” the phrase wouldn’t exist without Ice Cube. He originally dropped the line in the 1995 classic Friday (as in an extremely fucked up homage of sorts, the phrase reappeared in Straight Outta Compton in a scene that involved violence against women). Apologies to real-life Felicia’s everywhere–this one is sticking around.
That Time Ice Cube Was On Sesame Street and Turned Himself Into an Ice Cube
It Was A Good January 20th, 1992
Without a doubt, “It Was A Good Day” is Ice Cube’s biggest hit–how else would we celebrate accomplishments, or wreak havoc across San Andreas? But, until last year, no one actually knew what day the “good day” was. Donovan Strain, skateboarder and man with entirely too much time on his hands, broke down the lyrics of the song line by line, narrowing down possible dates until only one remained: January 20th. To this day, Strain’s tumblr findings reveal an obsessive level of detail that fanatics reserve for legends. Ice Cube returned the enthusiasm, meeting up with Strain to celebrate his findings, by–how else?–launching a Goodyear Blimp.
Images via Donovan Strain, RapBeast