Quotes by Ice Cube

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A bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush. more...

Today I didn't even have to even use my A.K ! I got to say it was a good day more...

My worst ever car was a green Datsun B210, back when they called it 'Datsun' - now it's 'Nissan.' Very unsexy, unattractive. Girls hated the car. I was embarrassed to even be in it but it was my transportation. more...

I want to do more drama. Comedy is the path of least resistance for my company. People know we can do them. People know they get a good response. People want to make them. Who am I to push up against that? more...

I've never really taken myself too serious. That's everybody else, listening to the music or whatever. I've always said what I've felt, said what I thought was right, but I've always had a comedic bone. more...

I'm not trying to turn into Eddie Murphy, and just do kids movies the rest of my career. I'm going to still do a wide variety of movies, as well as do hardcore rap. more...

Everybody who comes from the gangster life - they want what that man in the suburbs wants. Nice family. Nice house. Nice cars. Bills paid. Kids in school. Food on the table. Nothing more. more...

If you give anybody the chance, they can always make a decent human being out of themselves. It's the people that don't have a chance, that we look down at like they're monsters or they're animals or that they want something different than the rest of us. more...

I know I ain't too old. I always think of my fans about 10 years older and 10 years younger than me. more...

Most actors have to sit by the phone and wait for somebody to call them up to audition and stuff. I don't think I can exist in Hollywood just on that. I think I need to be proactive and making sure that things I really want to do are being developed to the point where somebody wants to make them. more...

You can do anything in the world if you say "Hey man, don't blame me, the devil made me do it." It's an easy way to escape responsibility. more...

If you born in the mud, you gonna be dirty, and people don't understand that. more...

Usually people who attack the rap are people who aren't even fans. more...

I'm not sure if music got a future. We have all these electronic ways to download and steal music and get music, but there's no money in makin' music. more...

I love makin' music, so whether I'ma make money at it or not, I'ma still do it. The thing is, I've gotten to a point where I don't have to use music to make a livin', so I can do it for fun like I used to when I was young. more...

You can measure films on box office success, or people lovin' the movie whenever they see it. That's what I measure my movies on. How much people love these movies after they get a chance to see them, no matter how they get a chance to see them. more...

I always say the movie came out good if they want another one. That always tells me that people really liked the movie. more...

You wanna be remembered for making an impact and changing things. I guess for the good or for the bad, it don't matter. But I guess you just wanna be remembered when it's all said and done. more...

You don't have to be super clean to be a super star more...

America eats its youth like reptiles...Educat e yourself before they dumb you down. more...

The devil made you a slave. Your waitin' for the devil to come from the ground. Take a look around. Just look at the cross that the priest is holdin'. A beast, in sheep's clothin'. You are the prince of darkness. Hell born, demonic. more...

Any time there's racism somewhere in sports, we should get it out of there because sports is a place where everything's supposed to be fair. more...

Everybody thinks the grass is greener on the other side. If you talk to most artists, they think they can play something, you know, "If I had stayed playing football in high school, if I had been doing basketball..." Everybody's got their fantasies and thinks the grass is greener. It's not. It's not. more...

It's funny how people who ain't never been down there can think that America is so fair and that we should be alright. It's funny that the people who have their foot on our neck are telling us, 'Get up. What's wrong with you? more...

When I was six, God was a white man with a big beard riding on a white cloud. That's the image television pumps. more...

If the day did not require an AK then it was good more...

Everybody that wants to be successful should always be careful of what you wish for. A lot of artists and entertainers want to put the genie back in the bottle and wish they could go back to being what they were. more...

When you have a good movie, it's hard to categorize it. It's everything. It makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think. more...

It's easier for me to get comedies made because of my track record. Everybody needs to find their niche. I love dramas, but I understand that I am still just a young man in moviemaking. I know there will be some time to get back to that. more...

With comedies, I like to be a producer, because comedies can get corny and go off track real fast. more...

I'm always the "less is more" guy when it comes to a scene. So I'ma be the one who will keep it grounded. Even if I let it go off and go crazy, I'm still the voice of keeping things grounded in reality. more...

I always tell people that if you gave me a pen and a piece of paper when I was a teenager and said, "Write out how you'd like your career to go," I would have probably short changed myself compared to what it's been for real. I'm just extremely excited about what I've accomplished. more...

I don't do much cooking, but one of my favorite dishes to eat is my wife's macaroni and cheese. more...

I was given the name by my brother when I was about eleven or twelve years old. He was older than me, and around that age I was starting to get into girls, and when they would call the house for him, and when he was not there, I would try to talk to them. I was trying to be the man and trying to get them to come and see me, not worrying about him. When he found out... he started calling me Ice Cube as a joke because he said I was trying to be too cool. I just liked it and started telling everybody in the hood "my name is Ice Cube." more...

If you really think back to the culture or just black America before rap music took off, New York could have been Paris. more...

A lot of people have a misconception of what the ghetto is all about. You know, it's only a small percentage of the people that are bad. Everybody else is good. more...

I think my fans respect me for bein' as truthful and honest as you can be and still be Rap music and not be opinion music. It's still Rap, its still style, flavor, flair, and people just kind of like how I present myself and the things that I do. more...

Most of the problems that we have are brought on by the government and not by music. Music is a mirror of what we're going through, not the cause of what we're going through. more...

The biggest change in the government's behavior has been because of TV and its ability to show to the world what has happened in this community... that's the biggest change. But without TV... the separation between the government and the people would be much worse than it is. more...

Rapping is talking and communicating, and that's always good. more...

I grew up in the seventies and disco was big. That influenced me the most. more...

The hardest period for a writer is the period in-between writing. That's when you can go crazy if you don't allow the creative juices to flow. more...

Creating is really what I like to do. The best thing in the world is to have an idea in the back of your head and then to make that idea into a movie and have people all over the world enjoy it. more...

I think rap music is the sole reason for a lot of black acceptance in pop culture; because the music is very popular, it gets our image out in other ways than in movies. more...

I know that there are obstacles; I know that there are hills to climb, I know there were people before me that made my journey easier and there are people behind me that I have made the journey easier for. more...

I figured, when I make a movie, especially earlier in my career, one thing I was going to make sure was that the movie doesn't cost a lot and that it has potential to make a lot of money. That's how you get respect in Hollywood. more...

Keep everybody out your business, that's how you do it. And I mean everybody. It ain't about having a relationship outside of the house. It's about having a relationship within each other. When something go down don't be calling your sister or your mother; I'm not gonna be calling my brother or uncles. We're gonna work it out. more...

Don't talk about death, I've got too much life to live, To many orders to give. more...

You know it ain't no stoppin' All the doggs I'm droppin' It's Friday night, so everything is poppin. more...

I'm a menace to society, But girls in biker shorts are so fly to me. After the date, I'mma want to do the wild thing... You're talkin' lobster? I'm thinkin' Burger King. more...

You the devil in drag. You can burn your cross, Well, I'll burn your flag... more...

You ask me, "Did I like Arsenio?" About as much as the Bicentennial. more...

Brothers keep asking Ice Cube, 'Yo, when will you bust?' They surround me and make a big fuss more...

Nobody I know got killed in South Central LA. Today was a good day. more...

Get a grip, Oreo, and be true to the game. more...

Go down to the corner store and beat the Jap up, clean all the crap up. more...

We'll burn your store right down to a crisp. more...

Cinderella hoein' for the fellas, Mr. Roger was getting kind of jealous. more...

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall with a joint, drinking some eight-ball. more...

Went to the shelf and dusted off the AK, cops gotta get pealed. more...

When my nine goes buck, it will bust your head like a watermelon dropping 12 stories up. more...

Do I gotta go sell me a whole lotta crack for decent shelter and clothes on my back? more...

Should I peel a cap or should I let him survive? more...

The creative process of making a movie really turned me on. I'd started getting behind the scenes with a camcorder and VHS tape when making music videos. more...

There's rumors in the Twittersphere. If I find out that any of my officer is giving out drug and alcohol I send their ass to prison with a snorkel duct-taped to their mouth and me s***ing down that Snorkel more...

Never question the size of Ice Cube's balls! more...

For my birthday, buy me a politician! more...

Sports without music is just a game. Music makes it entertaining. more...

I am only 33, I've got a lot to do. This is the first half of my career. I'm looking forward to the future and I'm proud about the past. more...

Don't get a movie confused with real life. I'm a well-rounded human being like everyone else. more...

If you think about stuff that happened when you were young, it stays with you forever. more...

Sometimes when you're relegated to your neighborhood, you forget that there's more important things than your neighborhood going on out in the world. more...

The silver and black may have another home, but the Raiders will always belong to the people of Los Angeles. more...

You don't wanna mess up what you've done. It's like Jordan coming back: You're scared to mess up the legacy. more...

I make a mean cup of coffee, if you give me the right ingredients. more...

Anything that got to do with a pig, I ain't eatin'. more...

Doing it your own way, not having to go exactly by the book to be successful. more...

I love any time you can enlighten people to mistakes, that's how I started my career. more...

I'm just an entertainer, man. I don't like to pigeonhole myself to anything. I love to do it all. more...

My thing is, I know kids cuss, they do their thing, but I tell my kids, 'Don't do it in earshot of any adults, or you're in trouble.' more...

Rap is just somebody getting something off his chest. That's all it is. more...

Sports without music, it's nothing but a game. Music adds the emotion. more...

When people see the Cubevision logo, they should know it's something good, something worth checking out. more...

Young people are dying for no reason all over the world that don't know why. It's ugly, everywhere. more...

I think reading is important in any form. I think a person who's trying to learn to like reading should start off reading about a topic they are interested in, or a person they are interested in. more...

Music is where I have the most creative freedom, but I love producing. To me, that's kind of where all the action is. You get a chance to have your hands in every aspect of a film. From picking a director, sometimes picking a writer, to the actors, the wardrobe, set design, editing, music, and marketing. more...

I'm trying to cut down a little on eating, on sodium, keep my blood pressure down, which is tough. Because I love food! I do, but it's unfair how everything that's bad for you tastes so good, and all the good stuff, veggies and green things, doesn't match up. more...

I did 'Are We There Yet?' because I wanted to do a movie for my fans' kids. Black kids don't really see movies on this budget for them, starring them. And there's so many white kids that love that movie. more...

I never get tired of 'It Was A Good Day' references or jokes or anything like that. It's just, you know, keeping my biggest hit alive. Nothing wrong with that. more...

I never was in the Nation of Islam... I mean, what I call myself is a natural Muslim, 'cause it's just me and God. You know, going to the mosque, the ritual and the tradition, it's just not in me to do. So I don't do it. more...

I've been caught in parachute pants. And on my high school yearbook, they used the wrong picture. They were supposed to use the picture of me with a nice suit on. They used me with my collar flipped up, in a fuchsia and white striped shirt. I blame Prince and Michael Jackson in the Eighties for that. more...

I've done movies for certain reasons; I did 'Anaconda' because the black man lives. Simple. The black man isn't dead in the first three pages, like Jurassic Park. It's like, 'The black man kills the snake with a Latino girl? Damn! I got to do this.' more...

If it was all about me, I'd do a whole lot of pop records, make a whole lot of money, just rake in the dough. But it's never been all about me. It's all about being a voice for the voiceless. People who can't speak for themselves, who don't have a mic, don't have a say. more...

My worst ever car was a green Datsun B210, back when they called it 'Datsun' - now it's 'Nissan.' Very unsexy, unattractive. Girls hated the car. I was embarrassed to even be in it... but it was my transportation. more...

What I learned from architectural drafting is that everything has to have a plan to work. You just can't wing it. I can't get all the materials I need for a house and just start building. Whether it's a career, family, life - you have to plan it out. more...

South Central is just who I am. more...

Our records, if you have a dark sense of humor, were funny, but our records weren't about comedy. They were about protests, fantasy, confrontation and all that. more...

There's a lot of potential that goes unused in places like South Central L.A., a lot of brilliant, smart people who just don't have that chance to show it. more...

You like a woman, she's got kids, it's a package. You can't just go in one-sided. more...

For me rappers and dancers are poets and artists and often times the most interesting performances are given by them. more...

I go light on breakfast. Sometimes it's a yogurt, but a lot of times it's leftovers from one of my wife's dinners. more...

I been all around the world and I haven't found a city that I'd rather be from or rather come back to than Los Angeles. more...

I'm not the type of actor who is trying to do a whole bunch of different stuff, you know what I mean? more...

When I did 'Boyz N The Hood', I never thought how we grew up in South Central was interesting enough for a movie. more...

Early in my career, people wanted to hear music about protest, about trying to change things. more...

I'm not really into the political game as far as paying politicians and stuff like that, I'm not into that. You do your job, and I'll do mine. more...

It never gets old. Working with somebody like Kevin Hart is rejuvenating in a lot of ways. He's such a pro. He's so good. more...

Some people have a taboo about doing advertising in the States. You know, where they kind of make their bread and butter. But to me, that's crazy. more...

We're in this entertainment business really to give the audience what they want. more...

'Boyz-n-the-Hood' was actually supposed to be written for Eazy's group. He had a group out in New York called Home Boys Only, called HBO. One of them looked like LL Cool J. Eazy wanted to write a song for them, a street song, like what we were doing on the mix tapes. So when I wrote it, it was too West Coast for them. more...

I believe how you measure a good movie is how many times you can see it. With comedies, I like to be a producer, because comedies can get corny and go off track real fast. I'm always the 'less is more' guy when it comes to a scene. So I'ma be the one who will keep it grounded. more...

I was a very interested arts student, I was always into that part of school and when I got into high school I went into architectural drafting. It gave me an understanding of how to build things and it's really helped me put things in perspective. With my music and my movies, to me it's all art. more...

I'm a B-boy at heart. I still like rhyming. It's just the radio game is like Chinese arithmetic. It's hard to know what nuts to crack. But I still love music, been dropping music. Never stopped, really. more...

I'm not actually from Compton - I'm from South Central Los Angeles, and my father still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I'm there all the time. more...

Music has done a lot to enhance the emotions of sports. It's played in arenas. Whenever there is footage cut together they're always using music. And it goes together, you know. more...

My grandmother worked at one of those Bel-Air mansions, and we would go - not too often, but every now and then - to pick her up. Hollywood was probably 12 miles from my house, but it might as well have been a million miles away. The only time I saw that world was on TV. Until I started making records. more...

Quincy Jones' autobiography 'Q' is very good. Because he's a master at music, he's one of our greatest composers, and its good for him to have a book and tell the good ole days when he was with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles. more...

Rap is always evolving. It's easy for the old school to hate the new school, but it's a music that got a little stifled I think, by the Internet a little bit. more...

South Central is just who I am. Even though I have a nice house, nice family, the rest of my generation is still in South Central L.A. My cousins, my brothers, my sisters, they don't wanna move out. more...

Twerking has to end. Not for the ones that look good doing it, but for all the ones that you feel, 'You don't have enough to twerk back there. Your twerkin' look like jerkin.' more...

Ice Cube is the piece of me that I give away to the public. more...

I definitely support cop acting more than cops, but all of them ain't bad, just some of them. more...

Snoop Dog is the Phil Jackson of youth football coaches. He ain't going to accept nothing but a winner. more...

I was ready to get out of the box and play something a little different than what everybody has seen. more...

Can't step from one movie set to the next. Only Samuel L. Jackson can do that. All us mere mortals can't do that! more...

I still enjoy doing music. I'm not going to stop doing it, and doing it the way that I feel it should be done. more...

My son, O'Shea. He looks like me, and he can rhyme. more...

The best thing I've done with my money is buy a house for my family. You wake up to a house you love and you feel like somebody. more...

The moral is that a career can be gone in an instant. And all you have in this world are the people you love. more...

I've got a basketball signed by all the greats from Julius Irving to Oscar Robinson. It was at an All Star game I got them all to sign it. So that ain't going nowhere. I'm going to die with that in my casket. more...

There's a lot of talent in South Central L.A., in Compton and Long Beach and Watts, and the city north of Pico pretty much sits back and waits for that talent to emerge and then steps in. more...

I don't get nothing but love. In every ghetto all over the world. Nothing but love. They respect that I came outta there and I'm doing it the right way. You can't do nothing but respect that. more...

It's not like I'm the first man ever to do this, y'know? You gotta go back to Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Sammy Davis Jr. Those are people who've done music well and movies well, and y'know, Frank Sinatra and Elvis and all these dudes have made the transition. I don't know about Elvis, 'bout doin' 'em good, y'know? It's nothin' new. more...

My son Darrel could recite 'Straight Outta Compton' at two years old. He loved it! You can expose your kids to anything as long as you sit there and explain it to them. more...

With film, I have to be a team player; it's a whole different thing. I can't just be a one-man show. I have to learn how to use people to the best of their ability and motivate them to be as passionate about the project as I am. more...

I think, to me, reality is better than being fake. more...

Don't worry about being a star, worry about doing good work, and all that will come to you. more...

I think I'm unique to the game 'cause of my versatility. more...

I really appreciate family. I really can't imagine life without them! more...

Obama reminds me of the black kid at a white school that don't nobody want to play with. more...

I have a really beautiful life right now, so there is no reason to be hostile. I'm a husband, a father and a man who tries to do the right thing in life and in my work. more...

I think the worst thing you can do about a situation is nothing. more...

I think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat. more...

Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide. more...

I used to game a lot, you know, back in the day. My gaming time done got so short that my skills ain't where they need to be to be online, you know what I'm saying? I just got that Xbox One. I gotta get my skills back, up the par to call myself a gamer. more...

I do what I do. You like it, great. You don't, go listen to somebody else. I'm stickin' with the people who stuck with me. more...

But with rap music - not just N.W.A. - but rap music in general, seeing these artists wearing these team logos all the time started bringing a synergy and energy about having to rep your city, your team, everywhere and all the time. more...

I have great people, smart people that are around me and we love the challenge. I guess it's like climbing a mountain or building a building. It's a challenge but you love every challenge that it brings or presents itself. more...

I love music. It's freedom, a way to deal with pent-up frustration. more...

There's never really been a real hood Christmas movie. more...

The thing is with hip-hop, it has its waves and the waves crash against the beach and the new waves come in. So to stay relevant you have to roll with that. more...

I used to love to draw. I didn't want to go to art class because I felt that would be too corny when I was young, but architectural drafting was the cool thing to do because there was more precision. It taught me a lot about building and structures and doorways and frames and windowsills. more...

I remember wishing there was snow in L.A. And how jealous we used to get of those Christmas specials with kids playing in the snow. more...

Even though I have a nice house, nice family, the rest of my generation is still in South Central L.A. My cousins, my brothers, my sisters, they don't wanna move out. They don't want to and they don't have the means to sustain it. That's where my heart is and that's what I think about all the time. more...

It's funny how people who ain't never been down there can think that America is so fair and that we should be alright. It's funny that the people who have their foot on our neck are telling us, 'Get up. What's wrong with you?' more...

I have a lot of milestones that I'm proud of when it comes to music, 'Amerikkka's Most Wanted,' I'm extremely proud of that. Just because of what I had to go through to get that music produced, that album produced. more...

I wake up at 5:30, 6 in the morning, but don't head into the office right away. I like to hang out with my wife, talk about things, get some coffee, you know. more...

I never was in the Nation of Islam... I mean, what I call myself is a natural Muslim, 'cause it's just me and God. more...

Gangsta to us didn't have anything to do with Al Capone and stuff like that. It's just about living your life the way you want to live it. And you're not going to let nothing stop you. more...

When I was in N.W.A. and didn't get paid all the money I was owed, that's when the business side of showbiz hit me. more...

People associate clothes with actual behavior, and it's kind of crazy. If you get shot in some Levi's you don't go after Levi's. It's not the clothes. It's always the people. more...

A lot of movies will deliver on the promotion but when you go see them, everything you laughed at was in the trailer. more...

Hollywood is obsessed with police stories. more...

I'm a good counter comedian. I can just work it off with looks, or have something crazy to say back. That works for me. more...

To me, it's my job not to laugh, no matter what's said. By the time we shoot, I'm ready for all that's coming. I probably do most of my breaking in rehearsals, when I know that I can. more...

I always want to read the script before I totally commit. more...

To me, in a perfect world, you have the flavor and the magic of movies like 48 Hours, Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. more...

You have to resist falling in love with the money they [producers] want to give you. You have to really resist that, and you have to just think about the work and whether it's a movie that you would want to see. more...

I think hip-hop has changed. When I first came out, hip-hop was more of a kind of way to learn about new places, new things. What are kids doing on the East coast, what are kids doing here. Then it left that and is like a party mode. I think it's going back to people wanting to get messages and wanting to learn things from the music. more...

I like to deal with things I heard about, ... People are always getting their house broken into around the holidays. That's when the crime rate goes up. more...

Don't want to hear my favorite rapper doin' a love song. If I want to hear something soft, I'll throw on Luther Vandross. more...

We come from the days when rap used to agitate the mainstream. Now it's more buddy-buddy. That doesn't sit well with me. So what we need is [a bit more] street politics, bringing up issues, agitating you a little bit. And nothing can agitate you more now than a terrorist threat. more...

I'm always happy. I've just got a mean face. more...

My problem is that I never get through the whole book. I skim through this one, that one, and then the other one. more...

I don't listen to nothing while I'm in the studio, because I don't want to be influenced by anybody else. more...

Well, for the transition from rapper to actor, I was fortunate that director John Singleton pursued me for about two years to be in Boyz 'N the Hood. I really wasn't even thinking about acting at the time, since I was singularly focused on being the best rapper in the world. So, that was really a blessing, because I wasn't really taking him seriously. more...

When I was in N.W.A. and didn't get paid all the money I was owed, that's when the business side of showbiz hit me. I thought, "Half of this is workin'. I'm famous, but now I need to be famous with some money." That got my brain started at trying to figure out the business end. And once I figured out the business side, I next came to understand that success really comes down to the product, not to me, my personality, or what club I'm seen going into or coming out of. None of that matters. more...

I usually don't mind movies that people think go overboard because that's what art is all about. Art is about pushing us and making us examine ourselves. more...

I love performing. I'll never get that out of me. more...

I get freedom out of hip-hop. I get to be a true artist without any shackles or harnesses. more...

The movie industry is one big collaboration. Music gives me that freedom to create things straight from my heart and my mind. more...

No matter what part of the country you come from, you can always come together to make groundbreaking hip-hop. more...

You always want your kids to step up at the moment of truth. more...

Seeing my son getting roughed up by the police is not fun. It brings back memories of when I got roughed up by them. He grew up totally different than how I grew up, and to me, he shouldn't have to go through that. more...

I feel like I got a whole lot of living to do before I think about summing it up in a book. more...

To be the cream of the crop is no easy feat. It's a big deal. more...

Success really comes down to the product, not to me, my personality, or what club I'm seen going into or coming out of. None of that matters. What's important is whether or not people feel like they wasted their time or money when they pay for a movie or a CD. more...

It's always great when you're able to give fans what they expect and even a little more. more...

Keep doin' what you're doin', fall in love with what you're creating, and everything else will fall into place. more...

I'm always kind of off to the next movie, and focused on making sure that the one I'm currently working on is as good as the one that's already on TV. more...

You never get tired of seeing yourself on TV. It's always extra cool... always a treat. more...

I wish the world would become what God wanted it to be in the first place, before we tampered with it. more...

If I only had 24 hours to live, I would spend the time telling everybody I love that I love them. more...

I always said that what I do is street knowledge, you let the street know what the politicians of today are doing, and if the politicians are listening, let them know what the streets think. more...

That's always been my approach, to expose what's going on and what's not being said. I could go the selfish route, and probably make a whole lot more money, but that's not what it's about, it's about speaking for people who can't speak for themselves. more...

Embrace what makes up you. Some stereotypes are true - I love chicken, but that's a stereotype, I love f**king basketball, but that's a stereotype, too. But who cares? Embrace it. Be who you are, and don't be ashamed of what that is. more...

I would love a shot at a lead role, but it's not up to me right now. I just try to make the most out of every opportunity I'm given, and hope somebody will get on my side. Until that happens, I'm just a working actor. more...

My advice for anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps: create your own path, hone your talent, be ready to show your talent, and don't doubt yourself. more...

Sometimes, when you want to laugh, reality steps in. more...

I think [director] Malcolm Lee is a real master at being able to make you laugh while bringing serious subject-matter, so the movie doesn't hinge on silliness, but on real life. more...

I think that my "Let's get it done! Let's have fun! Let's make a great movie!" attitude helped. I rarely have problems on my movies with egos and attitudes. more...

We have to step up as adults and try to guide our youth. more...

I don't know what's my first real memory. When you're little, you're always looking forward to days that are special, like Christmas, birthdays, the Fourth of July, and family gatherings. But I can't pinpoint my earliest memory. more...

I love Godzilla, but my favorite was on this TV Show, Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. I used to love the idea of having a giant robot under my control. That was like a dream come true for a kid. more...

I care about what I look like on the red carpet. more...

I still want to put together bigger and better programs to work with the community. I still think I could do better on that end. more...

Create your own path, hone your talent, be ready to show your talent, and don't doubt yourself. more...

You can't boycott something you never went to anyway,so why put energy into it? more...

We don't do movies for the industry. We do movies for the fans, for the people. If the industry give you a trophy or not, or pat you on the back or not, it's nice, but it's not something you should dwell on. more...

[Boycott Oscar] is like crying about not having enough icing on your cake. It's just ridiculous. more...

[Make a sitcom] was really the idea of Executive Producer Joe Roth who owned the property over at Revolution Studios and said he was thinking about taking it to TV. And after he said that he already had [writer/director] Ali Leroi on board, and that he was going after Terry Crews, to me it was a no-brainer. I said, "Let's put this together!" more...

I wanted to go in a different direction, artistically. But having somebody like Terry[Crews] in it was your ace in the hole. That makes it very strong, so I definitely had to jump in with both feet. more...

While I had done the movies through Revolution Studios, we own the sitcom. It was a situation where, once the team was assembled, I knew we could create something really, really good. more...

"Are We There Yet?" was the perfect title, because it's such a common saying. And having made the movie with the same name kinda locks it all in. more...

I hope everything works in our favor. The show ["Are We There Yet?"] is cool. It's family fare. We ain't aiming at the cheap seats. Instead, we're making something with a broad appeal that people of any color or creed and from all walks of life can enjoy and maybe learn something from. more...

I can't really attribute my success onscreen to any formula and suggest you "do this or that" to make it as an actor. more...

As far as producing, once we started shooting, I soon realized where the critical decisions about the movies were really being made, and it wasn't on the set. They were being made in the production meetings. That's where producing a movie happens. And that's where I wanted to be. I didn't just want to be a piece, a pawn being played. I wanted to take part in the creative process, and that's how I sort of got introduced to the idea. more...

I could do an interview or just as well not do one. It's not like I'm looking for extra publicity. more...

The '80s was brand new. It was AIDS. It was gangbanging. It was starting to become big dope-dealing, and crack was starting to flood the neighborhoods. And then you had hip hop, which was something new, other than what we were doing, which was sports, playing football, basketball, baseball. And I was excited. more...

Whatever happened in the neighborhood. That's what I was rapping about. And that sparked people's interest. And that's what kind of put me on that path. more...

I always was like, "Yo, I'm here, I might as well get what I could take." more...

I've always gotten good grades, you know, with my teachers and my English teachers, 'cause I was able to - they'd [say], "What did you do for the summer?" I'm able to explain it to them in a written form. And my teachers always patted me on the back for that, being able to take what's in my mind and put it on paper. more...

The '80s was wild compared to my real small childhood, which was late '70s. more...

They thought we were just basically keeping ourselves underground on purpose. And it was just strange for people to approach music that way. And for rap, trying to get recognition, and be seen as a regular form of music like anything else. I mean, the Soul, R&B, Rock 'N Roll, they would dis the hell out of rap when it first came out. more...

Run DMC brought us out of that underground-only feel. They brought rap above ground and made it respectable as an art form to mainstream music. more...

You can't pussyfoot around. When you're talking to lions, you can't meow like a pussycat. more...

I believe our society has fell into a pyramid system where there's people relegated to the bottom of that pyramid and there's people that feel like they're entitled to the top of that pyramid. more...

I identify with the bottom of the pyramid, because, outside of having money, I am at the bottom of the pyramid. more...

I'm the most successful person in my generation of family members, and that sucks. more...

The real is always presented. That hardcore record or movie is not needed in the hood, because it's already there. You can see it with your own eyes. more...

I think when somebody goes to the movies and they spend their money and they take the girl out, the family, they want to have a good time. You don't always want to be hit over the head with history or how bad society is. more...

When you're spending your money for a nice outing, you want to go have a good time. And I always thought comedies, laughing, was something that was made for entertainment on that level. And records and maybe TV and stuff like that is really made to be heavy. more...

You pay to have a good time, you don't always want to pay to be schooled or sad or reminded how bad you got it. To me a movie theater ain't always the place for that. more...

I'm interested in how things are put together, and that's more interesting to me than just regular shows, even though I like The Walking Dead. more...

I've been around a lot longer than most rappers stay around. So I don't feel like, I haven't made too many career mistakes. more...

As a husband, I'm a true partner. I don't believe one person should have dominance over another. more...

I don't think people should try to force their will on their family. more...

Our household is built on love and respect. And we don't really let negative vibes stay too long. It's worked out. I got a great family, great kids. more...

I won't do anything for money. I won't compromise my manhood. more...

I won't lay down my principles for any kind of recognition or any kind of position or trying to be more famous. It's just not in me. I'd rather be a man. And then to have all this crazy stuff on my conscience. more...

The way I grew up and the neighborhood I come from, when you know somebody's beating you and you still let it happen, then you're a victim. You're no longer a man when you know something is happening and you don't stand up. So that's just how we raised. more...

Money comes and goes, but your inner feelings, your gut feelings, your manhood, your womanhood, whatever, that stays with you. That don't go anywhere. So you either proud of who you are and how you handle situations or you not. If you handle a situation wrong, you, it will haunt you. more...

You learn that Hollywood has its own rules, sometimes. And it's tricky, and sometimes you can't see what's coming around the corner. more...

Cool people still have a hard time showing what they got in Hollywood. more...

I've been fighting my whole career to show a different side and prove naysayers - not prove them wrong, because I don't think you should get your energy from negative people. more...

You don't have to spend $200 million or $100 million to make a great movie. more...

There's not enough Ice Cubes out there. There's not enough Ice Cubes getting a chance to do their thing. more...

You want the industry to finally admit that you're good. But I'm still good without their admission. more...

Anybody that really knew Tupac will tell you the same thing. That he was just a dude that was full of life, full of energy. more...

I hear about people getting shot all the time. But most of the guys you hear about getting shot pulled through. more...

People are still tied to their hoods, and it's usually not the artist, it's usually the friends and instigators who get it popping. more...

I was trying to be the best rapper in the world. I wasn't thinking about acting. more...

If you really look at my lyrics, nobody's exempt. Nobody's exempt from observation, criticism or what I think is correction. more...

I believe every pencil has to be sharpened every now and then to stay sharp, or you dull out. So my records, I chose to speak on what black people do, what white people do, what women do, what men do. more...

I'm always open, and will criticize myself, too. And I just think being that honest with everybody puts you in a different space than somebody who's just shooting venom at a certain group or a certain amount of individuals. more...

I like to tell the streets what the political climate is, and I like to tell any politicians that's listening what the streets think. And sometimes people get nicked up and bruised up, but I usually have a lot of good medicine for that. more...

I like Obama, but I understand that his hands are tied, the way Congress is reacting. It's just partisan politics everywhere, and don't know how we going to get things done in the future without compromising a little bit. more...

Everybody in the world has to compromise. I don't know one person that gets everything they want, so the politicians are going to have to figure that out and stop pointing out, "He shook hands with a Democrat in 1989. He ate with a Republican last week." It's petty high school, even junior high stuff going on. It's junior high politics going on, so it's a shame. more...

My wife keeps me sharp. You know, she ain't going to let me get comfortable with this "Ice Cube" stuff. more...

I'm ready to run a studio. I'm ready to green light movies, and be in it to win it, you know? It's close. It'll happen. more...

You can go raise the money outside of the industry, and then what you're doing is fighting with your money to get back into the industry, or for them to use your money instead of their own. So, you got to figure out how to do it within the flow of the industry. more...

I think you have to find how the machine can work for you. That's what I mean by "attaching yourself to the machine," 'cause the machine is going to be there, and you can rage against the machine, which is cool, but there's ways that you can benefit off the machine if you're savvy enough and you're sharp enough, smart enough. We all got to live and eat. more...

Money is the root of all evil. Yeah, money is the root. It's not racism and "this-ism" and "that-ism"; it's our thirst and hunger for money. And that's where all the bodies are buried. more...

I don't consider myself ever joining. But I have affiliations, for sure. more...

I definitely know the minister Honorable Louis Farrakhan. But I don't really believe in organized religion like that. I don't know what it does for people in the long run. more...

I think people, if you really want to be happy, you have to find God yourself, and you're going to have to have a personal, one-on-one relationship and not look to get through these traditions or these rituals and all this crazy stuff when you could talk to him right here, right now, anytime, anywhere, any place, from any position. And that's the kind of relationship you want, not a standard. more...

There's things people say in the barbershop they won't even say in their own living room, because it's just one of those zones where nobody's going to judge you too much about your dumb opinion. more...

I would love to meet Bob Marley. I mean, he's passed, but that's somebody that I would've loved to meet. more...

I never go to the Grammys. I just never go. I don't know if I care enough, and I went because my son wanted to go, and they asked us to present Best Hip Hop Group of the Year. You know, we had two records from Compton in there, and it was just like a cool thing to do, and to do with your son, and it was just cool. But we was the first award up, so after I did my thing I just jumped in the car and came on back home. more...

When you go to a movie, you don't care for one Oscar, really. Do you care if a guy got a Oscar on the shelf or is it a good movie? And, you don't care how much the movie made. more...

A good movie is a movie that you could see over and over again, not a movie that wins a Oscar, or a movie that makes a lot of money. It's a movie that you personally can watch over and over again. That, to me, is a measure of a good movie. more...

You got to get used to somebody, when you're acting or going through a scene, somebody yelling, "Do it a little louder!" OK, you do it a little louder. " more...

Some comedians you work with, they only turn on when the camera turn on, and they're like sad-faced clowns when the camera's off. And then, they come alive when the camera come on. And you be like, "Oh, damn. You're not a depressed ball of depression, but you are actually funny." more...

I think everybody likes a person that stands up for themselves. Nobody likes a punk or a coward. more...

The best thing to do is to write about what you know, and if you write about what you know you can always pull those nice little tidbits that hook people, that shows that you know about this world and can bring people into a world that they may not know nothing about. more...

I don't cook gumbo, but I just know it's a lot of good ingredients in it. And, with a movie, you got to have all those ingredients. more...

If you love what you do, and you believe in your talent, there's nothing better than breaking through. There's no better feeling than breaking through. more...

Comedies in Hollywood is usually the path of least resistance when it comes to being black in Hollywood and putting movies together. They would rather make us laugh than cry, in some respect. more...

I think when hip hop first started, people were open to it, and groups like Public Enemy and there was groups like Poor Righteous Teachers and all these people who were spitting a lot of knowledge, a lot of history, questioning a lot of societal barriers was starting to be super popular. more...

We used to have MTV and all these ways we can show our videos, and it was these rap shows, and it was everything. And then it became not cool to be conscious; it became cool to just hang out. Escapism rap became the norm. And, when I say "escapism rap", I mean getting high, get your cars, get your money, get your jewelry, go to the club, have your women, and it just became all about escaping your reality and not making your reality better on a real tip; not just on the have fun tip. more...

People wanted to have fun more than they wanted to learn from their music, and that's where the shift started to happen. more...

We should love the fact that we're not just getting one point of view. That we have this diversity in entertainment, and people are not scared to be themselves, and people are not scared to make people uncomfortable, and that's all part of it. That's all part of being free. more...

There's nothing wrong with starting off in a box, but you got to have a plan to come out that box. more...

Sometimes you got to start somewhere. And it's cool, as long as where you start is not where you plan on finishing. more...

You really have to challenge yourself to come out of those parameters that they put you in, even if that's your job. more...

You become a writer on a television show, and you see yourself doing bigger and better things, you don't wait till they tell you, "Here's the way to do bigger and better things," you start writing. You start writing that material that you might be doing off to the side. Nobody's going to be paying you for that, but it could turn into something big. more...

My thing is: stay creative. And just because somebody starts to pay you, that don't mean all your creativity goes to that, and you don't save none for yourself to be able to do other, bigger and better things and still follow your dreams even if you start off inside of a box. more...

You have to be able to give the people what you want in your way. And that's how you, to me, become a person that they love and not just a fly-by night actor. more...

My movies work because not many people in Hollywood are like me. more...

Once you figure out what your own thing is it's all about trying to develop shows, programs that can, I guess, enhance what you already have and what you can add to Hollywood. more...

I know my flavor's going to work because I just know there's not a lot of guys like me around. So you got to figure out what's that about you. more...

Do not turn into just cookie-cutter producer, cookie-cutter this, but a producer that people say wow, when they do something it's great or just unique or whatever. more...

Sometimes guys just want the girl and want to drop the kids off anywhere they can. Guys it?s a package. You like a woman, she?s got kids, it?s a package. You can't just go in one-sided. It?s pretty cool. more...

The police don't look at you as long when they drive past. Sometimes they don't look at you at all. In South Central, you've got them looking and lurking. I think it's basic harassment. It's part of their tactics to have everybody nervous of them. In the valley, at least I don't feel it the same way. more...

I knew a dude whose entire check was going to his car. He didn't care. This is back when the Mustang 5.0 came out in, like, '82. Between paying the note and insurance, I think he had like $40 left. A lot of people knew people because of their car, and not them. more...

It's always been jewelry, clothes, appearance. Those are things that compete with the car. But the car is the ultimate. Get that car right and it doesn't matter what you got on or what you wear once you step out of that car. more...


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