Ice Cube Refutes Claim That N.W.A. Brought Destruction To Hip-Hop

The legendary rapper said there was already a precedent of negativity in the genre.

Ice Cube is denying claims that N.W.A. was solely responsible for bringing trouble to hip-hop during the mid-to-late-1980s.

On Thursday (Sept. 28), the West Coast rapper took to his X (Twitter) account to refute a fan’s claim that the famed gangsta rap group brought destruction to the culture.

“B******t,” he wrote. “Crack was in the neighborhoods a decade before gangsta rap. In the 70s they called it freebase. So was heroine [sic], weed, Mollys, gangbanging, drive bys, pimping and hoing, dropping out of school, young girls getting pregnant, cussing and the using the word N***a. It was all here before NWA.”

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The fan’s claim echoed one that Special Ed made about Ice Cube and N.W.A. While on the Drink Champs podcast, Special Ed said, “N.W.A. came out, and their s**t was hardcore — and I said, ‘see, they can say what they want. But the label didn’t want to market me that way. And I had hard s**t.”

“They didn’t want that. They wanted commercial music. We all wanted to be original. Now, it’s a bandwagon effect. Now, it’s all about cloning. These guys […] ushered in the age of destruction.”

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