Saturday, April 16, 2016


Unless you truly have been living under a rock, then you do know that legendary COMPTON, CA-born-and based Hip Hop group N.W.A. was just recently inducted into the ROCK & ROLL HALL Of FAME!!!

N.W.A. founding member Rapper/Actor/Screenwriter/Producer/Director O'SHEA "ICE CUBE" JACKSON covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine.

Here are some interview interludes:

On the origins of the name, ICE CUBE

“My brother gave me the name Ice Cube. I used to always try to talk to his women so he thought I was cool."

On the significance and relationship between his new film, BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT, to the BARBERSHOP in the BLACK COMMUNITY

“They wanted another Barbershop movie and I didn’t want to do another one. I was like, ‘Why should we do a movie?’ All we are going to do is talk about celebrities and that’s it. Which is cool, but it’s not a reason to do a movie. I read an article where a guy used free [hair]cuts [as a means] to stop the violence. The barbershop is more than just a place to gossip or talk trash. It’s a place where people walk in with real problems; they’re looking for answers, especially in our community where we’re not into therapy. It’s a place where they let it all hang out.”
How do you make allowances for so many cast members, when you have larger-than-life comedic talents like Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson?
Calvin plays the foreground when he has to and the background when he has to. As an owner, your mind is on a lot of different things when you are trying to run a shop. I feel like Calvin has to be subdued in his banter. Phone ringing, bills ain’t getting paid. It’s maturity … like changing and switching lanes, you don’t have to always toot your own horn. I know dudes who do movies and have the same power I have and suppress everybody thinking, “Let me figure out how to get in there.” I think it hurts the movie. It’s better when everybody is good and everybody is funny. If someone else steals the movie, I don’t care. People know I brought it to the table. And if you don’t, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the finished product.
What’s the key to a good sequel?
When there’s no prior reference necessary … the key to sequels is to make standalone movies and not borrow from previous movies. You never know the order when people discover your movie. A person might see the second one first.
How do you get a movie into the hands of a Hollywood producer?
It’s not easy. You have to have a great piece of material. To me when you go in with more ingredients, you have a better chance to get it. You want to walk in with more just an idea; everyone that meets this dude walks in with an idea. You’re at the bottom. You walk in with a script; you’re a little higher. You walk in with a script, and Cube says he’s going to play this part; then they could see that movie and we got a star. You come in with two stars, you have a package they can’t resist.
What’s your formula for choosing projects?
When we did the film Straight Outta Compton, we knew people had the same anxieties and issues in Los Angeles like Chicago. It was the same kind of climate and that’s the reason the movie worked. At the same time, it’s a shame that things don’t progress. With this movie, we could have done it two years ago. Hopefully, two years from now times won’t be the same, but it probably will be. It’s like the communities are not changing as fast as we’d like. These movies make it seem like we are super smart, but we are just highlighting what is a constant in the community.

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