-Looking good, bud.
-Thanks for having me. -Happy belated birthday. I know your birthday was —
I missed it. -It was in June, man.
-Yeah, sorry about that. -Yeah, yeah.
-It’s still in the mail. My card’s still in the mail,
but you’ll get one. You’ll get one from me. Well, it was a big milestone
birthday, though. -Not really.
-Yeah, it kind of was. -It was my
anti-milestone birthday. -What you talking about? 50.
-Yeah, so? -That’s a big deal.
-No, it’s not. -Yeah, 50’s a big deal.
-No, it’s not. [ Cheers and applause ]
♪♪ -Listen to it. Look at that.
The band’s playing. Everyone’s excited.
What are you talking about? Why is it not —
-Because I turn 49 next year. And then I go to 48.
Then I go to 47. -You’re going to start
counting backwards? -I’m going backwards, man. So by the time you 70,
I’m going to be a teenager. -Benjamin Button’s on that.
-Yeah, I’m going backwards. -I want to ask you — ‘Cause I
know you’re busy acting and the Big3 basketball thing. Congrats on that. You got the show
“Hip Hop Squares.” -Yeah. -Do you take a vacation or what
does Ice Cube do on vacation? And, like, I picture you, like,
in the pool or something. -No. I’m a professional
look-at-the water guy. -You don’t go in the water.
-No, I don’t go in the water. I look at it. I’m like, “Baby, that’s a
big wave right there.” She’ll say, “Yeah.” -It sounds fun. Well, let’s talk about
some of the stuff that you have going on. The Big3, season three.
-Yes. -This is — When you
first came on, you had this idea. It was like, “Well, who knows?
Let’s hope it’s –” -Nah, you thought it was
whack, man. -No, no, no, no. -You thought it wasn’t
going to work. -No, dude, I always
support everything. -Okay.
-I just didn’t know. I just didn’t understand. I go, “Okay, Big3.” What you do is — you have three
legends playing 3-on-3. -Yeah, you know, we have
professional 3-on-3 basketball played by former NBA players or players who’ve played
professionally around the world. And, you know, they ballin’ out.
The season is getting good. You know, we got our last week
of the season coming up, then playoffs,
and then our championship, so it’s pretty exciting. -But then you’re doing the
big — the festival, as well. -Yeah, it’s a Ballout.
-Now, what is that? -“Big3 Ballout” in Dallas,
where — We usually have three games on one day
in one city, three games in another city, but this time,
we putting them all in Dallas. So it’s six games
for the price of one. It’s crazy.
We got people performing. My man T.I.
is going to come get down. So, got a few people performing.
It’s gonna be a real festival. -You don’t stop.
-Man, why? -You don’t stop doing it.
-I can’t stop. -Did you always think that
you were going to be an actor, as well, or no? -No, no. I never even thought
about it at first. You know, it’s like
John Singleton — Rest in peace. -Absolutely.
-Yeah, yeah, he — -I love John Singleton. -Yeah, let’s give it up
for my man. He discovered me, for real.
You know, I had no idea. -From what, though?
From N.W.A.? -Yeah, he was an intern at
“The Arsenio Hall Show.” And he came up to me.
I was backstage. And he came up to me.
He’s like, “You’re Ice Cube.” I’m like, “Yeah.” He’s like, “I’m going to
put you in a movie.” I’m like, “All right, man.
Okay.” -Yeah, “Security.
Security, get this guy –” -Watch out, man. Watch out.
‘Cause I’m not even an actor. You know what I mean? And he’s like,
“I’m not even a director yet. I’m a junior at USC. And when I graduate, I’m going
to put you in a movie.” So, I said, “Okay, dude.”
So, forgot about John. He ran up to me at
a Public Enemy concert. He was like, “Remember me? It’s like, “Yeah.”
I said, “I remember you.” He’s like, “Yeah, man,
I’m a senior now at USC. And I’m going to still
put you in this movie.” -Wow! -And we talked so long
at that point that his ride left him, and I had to give him a ride
to USC, to his dorm. -Oh, my God. -I’m like, “Man, this dude done
turned into a nuisance.” You know what I’m saying?
-You’re a nice dude. -I can’t believe he had the guts
to ask Ice Cube to take — -I couldn’t leave him out there,
2:00 in the morning, you know, outside a club. So, I didn’t pay
no attention to him. And my manager came about a
year later and was like, “Somebody want to put
you in a movie.” I’m like, “Get out of here.
I’m not an actor. I’m not an actor. Why are these people trying to
put me in this movie?” So, when I —
I didn’t really take it serious. I’ll make a long story short.
I didn’t take it serious. Threw the script in
my back seat. -Yeah. -Went to this audition,
and it was him sitting there. He’s like, “I told you.” -Yeah, you’re like, “Do I got to
drop you off somewhere else?” -And I’m like, “It’s you.”
He’s like, “Yeah.” So, he said, “You ready?” I did the audition
and I sucked. I was terrible,
totally terrible. And he said,
“Did you read my script?” And I’m like, “Nope.”
-At least you were honest. -He’s like, “Man, I’m going to
give you one more chance, ’cause you were terrible. And go read my script.
Come back tomorrow. If you’re good,
I’ll get you a movie. If not, we’re gonna have to
move on.” So, when I read the script,
I was like, “Oh, damn, this is, like, a hell of a
movie, ‘Boyz n the Hood.'” And, so, the rest is history,
so to speak. [ Cheers and applause ]
-“Boyz n the Hood,” that was it. -“Boyz n the Hood,” yeah.
-John Singleton, great dude. You are always doing so much, and I always ask too much of you
every time you come here, but you’re the best. But I know you do
the theme song for the Big3. -Yeah.
-Yeah, you perform that. -Uh-huh.
-And I just happen to have it. The Roots can help you out.
-Oh, okay. You know, I’ll never
turn down a chance to get down with The Roots. -Ah, come on.
[ Cheers and applause ] -♪ 3, now,
that’s a magic number ♪ ♪ Got the homies ballin’ out for
the whole damn summer ♪ ♪ With that 4-point circle
and that Ghost Baller purple ♪ ♪ If I check the roster,
got a three-head monster ♪ ♪ Now, them Killer 3’s
are like killer bees ♪ ♪ Start dropping 3’s
like trilogies ♪ ♪ Like company ♪ ♪ Like B.I.G. ♪ ♪ Got them Ball Hogs
hoggin’ that 3-on-3 ♪ ♪ We got the power ♪ ♪ To do it B.I.G. ♪ ♪ We got Tri-State
coached by the D.O.C. ♪ ♪ So don’t hate ♪ ♪ On Lisa Leslie or Nate ♪ ♪ It’s Nancy Lieberman,
the head coach leading it ♪ ♪ We got new teams ♪ ♪ We got new schemes ♪ ♪ We got Bivouacs, Aliens,
and Enemies ♪ ♪ And they coached by
“The Glove” ♪ -Ice Cube, everybody!
Check out big3.com for tickets. We’ll be right back
with Kieran Culkin. Stick around.
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪ They told Rick Barry,
half-court ♪ ♪ Looks scary, but it ain’t ♪ ♪ Unless you go in the paint ♪

Ice Cube Reminisces About How John Singleton Stalked Him into a Movie Career
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100 thoughts on “Ice Cube Reminisces About How John Singleton Stalked Him into a Movie Career

  • August 15, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    I love ICE!!! I mean professional "look at the water" guy!!! He's awesome!!!😂😂😂

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Cube doesn’t age at all.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    Lol, i wear the exact same hat watching this video! Cube got style! 🤣😅

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    I just realized that Jimmy's injured finger is a little bit stiff / not as flexible as other fingers 😢

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    You mofos don't know that cube is high!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    I’m interested to see the saga of a gangsta rapper in his 50s… I’m sure back in the 80s this was unfathomable. Now we get to see the influence of rap and hip hop on ppl of a certain age 🙌🏾

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    is this a reup? or did he tell the same story a few days ago elsewhere?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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    This man hasn't aged since 1989

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    Ice Cube's the SHIT.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    yo yo yo tell us who killed 2Pac doug

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Rap Icon right there – today was a good day..

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    Does NOT look 50.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    wow he's literally done this same late night bit a dozen times now

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    I 💖 it when Cube raps plus there is no way he is 50 he looks younger than his son Shae

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    Make sure solo ain’t around to knock cube out and steal his chain again lol

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Lol great story !!!!! Love 💕 it and great movie BOys In the HOod !!!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    Cube is always sassy with Jimmy…good fun

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    The only man that reverses time instead of aging

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    AYYYYEEEEEEE!!!!!! Go Off Cube!!!!!!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Legend

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    🧐 i watched Jimmy last night and missed seeing cube. 🤦‍♂️

    Thank the lord there is youtube to catch up!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Ice bro= Spirit MArs 2 ? cinema? or RAP 3:15 me to bad actor 100% cant in shool)) bad XP AHhaah fau story=not say big failed)

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm
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    He's right about going backwards, guy's not aging at all.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    I have never seen such a huge and dedicated and professional ass kisser like this man, never…

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    My dad used to tell me this story, but now everyone knows it

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    Yo, he 50…how

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Why is he dressed like a mail man?

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    such a class act 🤩

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    Ice Cube will always have my favorite voice for rap.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:16 pm
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    Very glad both did it !!!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    It's so much simpler to stay the same age for several years. Easy to remember.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    Same voice strong as always this dude ice cube stayed true never changed to his style

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I've heard this story before somewhere

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Cube has that flow 🔥🔥🔥

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    The man a legend. He looks basically the same since the first Friday back in 95. His hair was long during his NWA and Boyz n the Hood.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    Dough boy!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    The black dont crack yo 😭😂

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    Respect your idols except oprah

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    But the Mic static from him moving his head back and forth I was like BRUHHHHH just look at jimmy xD

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    #ArrestThePresident

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Ice cube is 50!?
    I started counting backwards at 30. So im 27 now

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    cube thinks he's so scary hahah corny ass

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    Ice cube know my dad like for real

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    Still in love with you Cube!!!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    cube hasn’t aged at all imo

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    Cube been wearing the same outfit for 30 years

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    Top 5 Rappers of all time:
    1) Jay-Z
    2) 2pac
    3) Notorious B.I.G
    4) Ice Cube
    5) Eminem

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    Everyone ice cube is 50 years old

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    Cube looking young asf

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Dude Cube looks sleepy asf😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    Ice cube voice FEROCIOUS

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    Rip John Singleton. One of the most Important Person of HIP HOP / WESTCOAST Culture!!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    The passion is real…no hesitation,just state rhyming!!! Congrats on all of your creations.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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    Cube keeping it real, still sporting them Dickies 😎

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  • August 16, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    When People look the same for a decade you shouldn,t count their age.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    Ice cube the goat

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Cube is so damn cool. Great dude!

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    Cube's voice is magic. Legend.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    50 and he still going strong also R.I.P John Singleton

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    I bet he can't swim.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    Mmm he is so fine. Ill sit on that lap and munch on his earlobes for free😍😘

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Daddy, don't be ashamed about turning 50. That's a blessing. You still look hella good. A beautiful spirit. We must protect you at all costs. I wish I had a man just like you in my life.🥰 Be well.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Ice cube is my favorite actor

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Cube still got it goin' on…with his flow and his fine ass!!😍

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    june me also bro

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Wow. Good story cube

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    Ice Cube is the man ❤❤❤❤❤

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    I hate Jimmy Fallon. He so corny but he got some decent guests

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    Yo. Cube Rich af

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:33 am
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    Yeah, just jump In front of a performance, that goes down well.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    he coool

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    I had to go watch an old video just to make sure …. for real this man does not age !!!!!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Last album was good!!!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    one of the best rappers

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    Jon Singleton was an intern on the Arsenio Hall show…..that is the sound of my of mind being blown….

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Love da raiders hat!!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    Wackkkk

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  • August 17, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    He look like he's in his late 30s.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    Black really don't crack damn Cube hasn't aged👌👌

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  • August 17, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    I love this man. Legend. R.I.P Singleton

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    can anyone address Jimmy Fallons ring finger? Still looks demented

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    I seriously LOVE me sum ICE CUUUUUUUUUUBE!!!!!!!!! 😯😯😯💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    I LOVE ME SOME ICE CUBE

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Why have i seen this before?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    That powerful melanin protects the skin…it don't crack

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:25 pm
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    A fellow Gemini? Holla atcha boy?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    Great story.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    Cube still look like he’s in his 30s tho

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    All the OG's getting old 😩

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  • August 18, 2019 at 2:14 am
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    Old jimmy Fallon was better

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  • August 18, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    I love Ice Cube, he’s one of my favorite Rappers.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    I found out about John's dead cuz Cube, such a loss man

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  • August 18, 2019 at 6:06 am
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    Modern day rap legend

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    Why does he look like he’s still 20 😂

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    Jimmy Fallon What would make You get infront of the camera when Ice Cube is already infront of it in the middle of a song? If You respect a performer You don't interupt a performance ever, Period. Also if a person doesn't bring up their age You should not bring up their age. You brought up his birthday that was 2 months ago though he tried to get You to stop talking about it several times. He was cutting You off so You wouldn't say it, You still slipped it in and said his age. Jimmy Fallon Do better

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    im really happy ice cube is still alive and well in 2019

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Hahahaha

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:42 am
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    The guy never ages and great story!

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  • August 18, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Yay!!!!!!!!!! I was pretty pissed before seeing this, now not so much. I swear, you got to get down with "The Roots." I'm so not mad at that at all.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Dude looks so young still! Black don't crack unless you smoke it!

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