Respect Due: 10 Artists Who Embody Ice Cube's Talents

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  • Ice Cube, BET Honors
  • Game, N.W.A.
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nas
  • 2Pac, Tupac, Tupac Shakur
  • Saigon
  • Killer Mike, El-P
  • Xzibit
  • Snoop Dogg
  • 50 Cent
  • Mos Def
  • The BET Honors Salutes Ice Cube

Gangster Rap Made Me Do It

On "m.A.A.d city," Kendrick Lamar pays homage to Ice Cube's "A Bird in the Hand" by repurposing the song's opening lyrics. It's really no surprise, since K. Dot has said he grew up listening to Death Certificate in the house all the time. Like Cube, the Compton rapper has balanced his street savviness with a larger political worldview without coming off preachy. 

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