Ice Cube (Rapper)

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    August 8, 2013

    The ten worst collaborations in metal

    Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    The ten best diss tracks of all time

    Since hip-hop's genesis, beef has been as integral a driving force to the art as bravado. There's been some titanic tangles over the years, from Canibus facing off with LL Cool J to Jay-Z and Nas locking horns with one other, all of which have resulted in some relentless and incendiary rhymes being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The fifty greatest rap groups of all time

    There's something great about a hip-hop group. From the beginning, it was never intended to be a solo endeavor; rap began in cyphers at block parties, and the first established rappers were components of a collective centered around the more important DJ. Even now that the rapper is the star, it's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: 50-26

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Culling through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining the fifty best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    The 50 worst rap lyrics: The complete list

    We've finally arrived: The The best of the worst. The creme de la crap. The unholy of unholies. If you thought 50-11 were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. These are the lyrics that can turn a good album sour, and make a bad album laughable. Included are quotes from Eminem, Lil B, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    The fifty worst rap lyrics (50-41)

    Listen, before I breakdown rap's worst lyrics, you should know, I don't hate Lil' Wayne. No, really. I like him just fine. But even good rappers get caught slipping, as evidenced by the fact that Lil' Wayne makes several appearances on this list. And while picking low-hanging fruit is the nature of ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    The five best concerts this weekend

    Welcome to the weekend! The fact that you're reading this right now means that we either all survived the end of the world, or we all misunderstood the Mayans and miscalculated the date of our supposed demise. Whatever the case, we're here, and it's the weekend -- and it's a holiday weekend at that. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Denver's RiNo district breaks the First Friday mold this weekend

    The Ice Cube Gallery fronts the Dry Ice Factory, a beautiful, light-strewn maze of studio spaces in, yes, a converted dry-ice factory. It's a formidable venue for the display of art, and once-a year Ice Cube cooperative members join together for a wide-open group show. See also: - Feminism is as ur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    The ten best movies featuring rappers

    Wu-Tang has been immersed in kung-fu for so long, it was inevitable that one member of the Clan would make a major appearance in a martial arts movie at some point. The RZA appeared briefly in Ghost Dog in 1999, but only for a passing moment, though he did produce the soundtrack. In The Man with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Ten essential gangsta rap albums

    Many hip-hop fans, those who love rap -- hell, even some rappers -- have an aversion to gangsta rap for its objectionable content. Common named the rise of gangsta rap as one of the many steps in hip-hop's downfall in "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a sentiment that, of course, began a contentious relation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Backbeat's top five spins: This is what we're listening to this week. What's on your playlist?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be surprising to find that the most common (and mutually favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Backbeat's five most listened-to songs and albums, week of September 5, 2012

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it shouldn't be too surprising to find that the most common (and our mutually favorite) topic of conversation among all of us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and boy, wouldn't you ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 6, 2012
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    August 25, 2012

    Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube at Comfort Dental, 8/24/12

    SNOOP DOGG and ICE CUBE @ COMFORT DENTAL | 2/4/12 With a lineup in which the youngest performer was Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at 35, one might assume that this show was doomed to an early bedtime and fading energy as the night wore on. In reality, the crowd got more and more hyped as legen ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2012

    Ice Cube

    Friday, August 24, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The five best concerts in Colorado this week

    There's some stellar music on tap this week to look forward to no matter your flavor. The week kicks off with an absolute bang this afternoon at the Summit Music Hall with Cannibal Corpse, which headlines the Summer Slaughter tour with Between the Buried & Me, Job for a Cowboy, Exhumed, Goatwhore an ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 12, 2012
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    July 11, 2012

    Photos: Stay cool at summer shows at Ice Cube, Walker Fine Art

    "Ice Cube Gallery sounds like an attractive escape from 100-plus-degree temperatures," writes Michael Paglia in his review of Regina V. Benson: Wading In and Jane McMahan: Absence (through July 14), two shows that feature natural imagery as key components, in this week's Westword. Meanwhile, the Gol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Morrissey, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, Dinosaur Jr., Jackson Browne lead this week's shows

    Denver's summer concert season is proving to be every bit as hot as anticipated, and the fall is shaping up to be just as heated with new dates from Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and E-40, who are due back in town at the end of August, followed by Rascal Flatts in September, Dinosaur Jr. in October and Morri ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 19, 2012
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    August 18, 2011

    Slug from Atmosphere on the fictionalization of his lyrics and unwinding with some online chess

    ​Sean Daley helped launch an empire when he co-founded Rhymesayers Entertainment, home to P.O.S., Brother Ali and, of course, his outfit, Atmosphere.The rapper otherwise known as Slug is an unstoppable force with endless vision and nonstop determination, which has helped make Rhymesayers one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    It's on like Donkey Kong: A brief history (infographic)

    Oh, it's on.​The basic origin of the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong" is clear enough: the 1981 video game, in which said large ape somewhat inexplicably terrorizes a construction site. What's less clear, though, is how that ape went from mindlessly slinging 8-bit barrels at Mario to an icon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Top five lost albums we'd like to see released

    ​Love's lost album from 1973, Black Beauty, is finally going to see the light of day when its released in June. The album was their first with a new lineup after Arthur Lee left the band, but the record label went bankrupt before it was ever released. It's certainly not the first time this has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Displaced boner: Is Jesus rocking a chubb in the Denver Post today?

    ​Is that a suspiciously shaped tendon, Jesus, or are you just happy to see us? A tad nonplussed at the photo (above) the Denver Post ran today on page 14D of Rebecca Vaughan and Peter Illig's "Celestial Navigation" -- part of the artist's Displaced show at Ice Cube Gallery, which closes tomorr ... More >>

  • Articles

    February 24, 2011
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    February 22, 2011

    Rule Gallery to quit Broadway and move to RiNo

    Robin Rule rulez!​After more than a decade on Broadway, Rule Gallery, one of the city's top contemporary art dealers, will be relocating in March to RiNo. Sky-high rents on Broadway have led owner Robin Rule to seek out a new spot for her twenty-year-old-plus business, and she apparently liked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Neil Young, Deerhunter, Blonde Redhead, Ice Cube top sellers at local stores

    ​Le Noise, Neil Young's collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois, released last week on Reprise, claimed the top spot at Twist & Shout, checked in at number three at Albums on the Hill and rounded out the top ten at Wax Trax for the week ending October 3. Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, meanwhil ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Top 10 weirdest musician movie roles

    ​It's not unusual for musicians to try out acting or vice-versa, but sometimes those roles take unusual turns. Now, with "I Kissed a Girl" songstress Katy Perry (who, interestingly, recently called Lady Gaga's new "Alejandro" video "blasphemous") gearing up to play Smurfette in the upcoming ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Tool, Limp Bizkit, American Idol Live! shows announced

    ​Nearly a year after Tool's triumphant headlining set at the Mile High Music Festival, Maynard James Keenan and company return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. Reserved tickets are $52.50 to $69.50 and go on sale Saturday, May 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Q&A with Steve "Lips" Kudlow from Anvil

    Anvil (due this Sunday, January 31 at the Gothic Theatre) wasn't exactly a household name until this past year, despite having exerted considerable influence on bands like Metallica, Guns 'N' Roses and Slayer. In the early '80s, Anvil developed a sound that was faster and more aggressive than most o ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    When music meets movies: Ten Great Hollywood Decisions

    ​All right, a few weeks ago we offered up our take on the ten worst moments of crossover disaster, ill-advised efforts to mate movies with music. Now it's time to look at the flip side of the coin, the ten movies in which music and Hollywood made great bedfellows, outstanding cinematic turns that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Axe Murder Boys due at 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos

    Have you seen this? The infomercial for the "most controversial music festival in the world," the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos? Redamndiculous. Everywhere you look, as host Sugar Slam so eloquently puts it, there's some different shit popping off. Indeed. They should call this little shind ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Q&A with The Game

    Much has been written about the Game's dysfunctional past. He grew up in a Santana Blocc Crip neighborhood in Compton, and his mother was affiliated with the Crips. After his sister accused his father of sexually molesting her, the family was split up, and Game spent time in foster homes. After he r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008
  • Film

    January 10, 2008

    First Sunday

    Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan get religion in First Sunday.

  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Ice Cube

    Sunday, April 15, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.

  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Ice Cube

    Thursday, May 25, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Film

    March 31, 2005

    Cut and Paste

    Beauty Shop is clipped straight from its predecessors.

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 11, 2004

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Murder He Wrote

    Ice Cube's words now ring hollow for one of his students.

  • Music

    November 7, 2002

    Constant Evolution

    The weirdest thing about Del tha Funkee Homosapien isn't his mind. It's his ability to get better and better.

  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Attitude Check

    Four discs trace the development of the original gangstas.

  • Film

    September 12, 2002

    Cut Rate

    Ice Cube's Barbershop could style more laughs.

  • Music

    October 15, 1998
  • Music

    October 1, 1998

    Father Cube

    Ice Cube on child-rearing and Family Values.

  • Music

    November 21, 1996

    Our Gangstas

    Is gangsta rap getting more profound?

  • Music

    November 21, 1996
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    January 11, 1995
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