Ice Cube's Vancouver stop shows he's still not to be fucked with
At the Commodore on Monday, April 11
When Ice Cube hit a packed Commodore on Monday, all the DJ had to do to get the crowd bouncing off the walls was drop Dr. Dre’s – “The Next Episode”. In fact, the audience got so into it, you’d have thought Dre was actually on stage. The air started to get foggy, and the beers started spilling from head nodding and dancing, long before the man known to the Los Angeles police department as O’Shea Jackson took the stage.
Ice Cube finally came out and the crowd went crazy. He started rapping but, half way through the kick-off number, “Life in California”, there was a problem with the DJ equipment, forcing him to go a capella for a little while until asking, “Yo! What happened to the beat?” The hip-hop legend then left the stage, but, the problem was quickly fixed and Ice Cube came back out as if nothing had happened.
The gangsta-rap pioneer was joined onstage by Westside Connection MC WC, who has just released a new record, Revenge of the Barracuda.
Hip-hop heads hoping to hear “Gangsta Nation” got their wish when Ice Cube gave a little memorandum to the late Nate Dogg. He also played classics like “It Was a Good Day”, “Bow Down”, “Check Yo Self”. During a Westside Connection jam, the rapper-turned-Hollywood-mogul threw up a two-handed W and did a little C-walk (that’s Crip walk for those of you have never been to L.A.) across the stage. It looked, bizarrely, like he was floating.
Ice Cube brought two of his sons on-stage for “She Couldn’t Make it on Her Own”, and it was great to see the next Cube generation perform. How many of you can say you rapped on-stage with your dad? For completists, one of his sons goes by the rap name OMG, and the other is Doughboy, a tribute to the character Ice Cube played in Boys n the Hood.
The Cali legend wrapped things up around 12:30 a.m. with no encore, which was perhaps predictable. Cube is in his 40s now, so he obviously understands that people have to get up the morning for work.
His Are We There Yet? movies aside, Ice Cube is still a gangster rapper and still one of the best ever in the game, as well as the Westside’s biggest ambassador. This show was a lot of fun and was everything a hard-core fan could have expected, with the crowd totally into it, and the energy and pace of the show a reminder of when N.W.A. was the most dangerous rap act on the planet.