Ice Cube

How do you want to die?
On the Mothership with George Clinton.

Do you have any deathbed confessions?
Yes. That’s all you get — yes.

All good. What’s your last meal?

Are you going to Heaven or Hell?
To be determined.

What do you say to God or the Devil when you get to either Heaven or Hell?
“What’s cranking? What’s up for the night? Y’all got ESPN?”

What’s the craziest thing that ever happened during your NWA days?
Well, there were a lot of crazy moments. We got chased off the stage in Cincinnati and when I ran out of the building I ended up hitchhiking with some fans just to get back to the hotel – and we were running from the police and shit, no security, nobody else I knew was around. So, while I’m thinking I’m by myself and in trouble, I see some fans and jump into a car with a bunch of strangers. It was some crazy shit.

Which legendary people will you hang out with in the afterlife and what do you say to them?
Besides Jesus, I would kick it in the afterlife with Bob Marley. What would I say to him? “Hey, roll one. Let’s go.”

What would you have said to Eazy-E if you managed to chat to him before he died?
It would’ve been something along the lines of, “Man, what you doing in here? Get yo’ ass up. You ain’t about to lay up in here and… nah, this ain’t gonna happen, man. We need you to get better.” I never thought in a million years that he would pass away. Even that day I went to see him I still thought he would come out of it. I never thought his life was hours away from being over.

What’s the first thing you say to him in the afterlife?

“I wish you could’ve stayed a little while longer.”

To whom on Earth do you owe an apology and why?
Ah… shit. Let’s see… ah, there’s probably a few people, a long list in fact, that I’d need to apologise to. Too many to mention just one.

What’s the best lyric you ever wrote in your time on Earth?
F–k the police coming straight from the underground / A young nigga got it bad ’cause I’m brown.

What’s the greatest Ice Cube scene that never made it on screen?
That’s a tough one, but I wrote a movie called Public Enemy. It’s not about the group Public Enemy it’s about what people would call a public enemy, and I would love for it to make it to the screen.

What’s your greatest achievement during your time on Earth?
My kids.

What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?
Wow, that’s a hard one. Oh wait, I almost burned my house down.

What are your friends saying over your casket?
Hopefully they are saying, “Man, he lived a full life.”

What are Dre and the other former members of NWA saying over your casket?
Oh, they are all going to die before me.

What’s written on your tombstone?
“Gangsta Gangsta”.

Got any last words?
F–k all y’all. ■

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