Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are the perfect odd couple in Ride Along, which follows a bumbling wannabe police officer/gamer as he hangs with his girlfriend’s protective cop brother for a day to prove he’s worthy of her hand in marriage. Hilarity ensues (duh) and most of it stems from the on-screen chemistry of Hart and Cube, whom we should thank (along with the women of The Heat) for bringing back the buddy action-comedy in full force.
In the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!” The scenario could not be more different from the Tanner household, but the sentiment is the same: Ice Cube was ditched by Dr Dre midway through a recording session. This obviously caused some major problems because they had to scratch the whole track they were working on for Ice’s new album I Am The West which drops today. Says Cube, “We did the records, but we didn’t finish them. So, I felt like I didn’t wanna put them out unless they was finished. Or what’s the use? I’ll get ‘em finished sooner or later, and put ‘em out.”
We’re not talking about a “I’m just heading out for cigarettes” walkout, either. We’re talking a call-the-F.B.I-’cause-he’s gone scenario. The abandoned rapper explained, “Dre went M.I.A.; I don’t know where he at. If y’all find him, tell him to give me a call.” And we gotta say he’s being most gracious about it to, probably because he knows he’s not the only one to get that treatment. Ice Cube added, “It’s cool, he went M.I.A. on Snoop [Dogg] too. Everybody wanna work with him, so it’s up to him on who he wants to work with, who he don’t wanna work with.”
Ice reckons that there’s frost between them ever since he left N.W.A in the late ’80’s. (We still have the Straight Outta Compton album lying around somewhere, FYI). He revealed, “It’s a distant relationship. It’s been distant ever since I left N.W.A., so I don’t expect that to change. We all went our separate ways back then, we was youngsters. We’re grown now.”
Point made, but Dre going M.I.A still seems totally sketchy. You don’t just walk out of a project without so much as an explanation. Call Ice, Dre!
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There’s no tradition in hip-hop more exciting than the feud. Since the earliest days of street-corner rhyme battles, MCs have been taking each other head-on, fighting to be the best on the block, the hottest in the neighborhood, or the king of the whole game. Rap beefs can originate anywhere, from a subtle slight to a full-on threat. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re tragic, and sometimes they’re just plain weird. Here, from old-school word wars to semi-automatic shootouts, we count down the ten biggest feuds in rap history. Click into the gallery below to begin. [Photos: Getty Images]