Ice Cube has confidence, we'll give him that
There’s a lot of people who wish they could see Tupac in person. The fact that festival organizers were able to sell a hologram of the late rapper to thousands of attendees is more than enough proof of that.
Of course, there are family and friends who wish they could talk to their late acquaintance again, but Ice Cube has something very specific that he’d like to tell Tupac if he saw him. Namely, your diss fine but my diss a killer.
The rapper and actor was asked about his N.W.A. diss track “No Vaseline” and where it ranked in the pantheon of legendary disses in a recent interview with Bill Simmons. On the podcast The Ringer, Cube emphatically stated that “No Vaseline” was a better diss than “Hit ‘Em Up.”
Not Always Beefing
At first, it seemed like Cube was going to go the humble route. When Simmons mentioned that “Hit Em Up” and “No Vaseline” are always going head-to-head when people try to figure out the best diss tracks ever made, Cube said he was “proud of that.” But rather than leave it at that, Cube said that he beats Pac every time.
“Mine is better, mine is better,” he said. “Here’s why. We were in the same group, so it’s more personal. It’s an ugly diss song. It’s vicious.”
While Cube was ready to give Tupac props as “one of the best to ever hold a mic,” he thinks the two songs aren’t on the same level.
“’No Vaseline’ is a monster,” he said, adding that his song was better structurally as well. “I mean Tupac’s was banging,” he said. “But my loop was better too. Using that Dazz? Cinderfella?”
Cube said he’s not just showing out on someone who can’t defend himself. He told Simmons that he’d say the same thing with Tupac in the room.
“If he was here, I’d still tell him,” he said. “Can’t fade ‘No Vaseline.’ Cause ‘No Vaseline’ has a big intro on it that they’d never play. It’s damn near a theme ride.”
After they got off the topic of Cube winning, the immortal debate between Pac and his target on “Hit Em Up” came up. Ice Cube said his picks depended on the situation. Pac wins for passion and Biggie wins for skill.
“Oh, lord. It depends. If I’m talking about on-stage passion, MC from the heart. That’s Tupac,” he said.
“If I’m just talking about lyrical gymnastics, that’s Biggie,” he continued.
Listen To The Interview
Ice Cube isn’t always starting beef. In fact, he recently told People his secret for avoiding conflict and staying married.
“I think you’ve got to be friends first. A lot of people get together and they want to go and do their thing and jump right into a relationship, but I think that’s the wrong approach,” he said. “You’ve got to have somebody that you’re cool with, that you’re friends with, and then start the relationship.”
Listen to the interview up top. What do you think? Is Cube right? Is “No Vaseline” better than “Hit Em Up?” Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.