Ice Cube – Down For Whatever

The year was 1993. With acts like N.W.A., Tupac, and Snoop Dogg becoming household names, West Coast g-funk was dominating the mainstream while a nine year old me was dominating the multiplication table game. Were the two feats connected? Does 4 x 2 x 7 = 56? Yes, bitch! Anyway, today’s write up is dedicated to one of those OGs, Los Angeles’ Ice Cube.

After rising to stardom in the late 80’s with fellow N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, the South Central MC was living large. But after in-fighting among the trio led to a highly publicized dissolution to end the decade, he’d find himself riding solo again, eager to capitalize on his new-found success. Fast forward four years and three albums later and Ice Cube had cemented himself as a commercial and critical superstar, ready to take the hip-hop scene by storm again. He’d do just that with the release of his fourth long-player Lethal Injection, led by the singles “Really Doe,” “You Know How We Do It,” “Bop Gun (One Nation),” and the cult classic “Down For Whatever.”

I’ll be honest, I’m really only writing this post because I came across Office Space on cable last weekend and the scene where this hard-hitter features prominently happened to be on. You remember the sequence; our three middle-aged anti-heroes, donning their best criminal personas, initiate their money pilfering scheme with a series of gangster-lite, cube-farm capers juxtaposed perfectly with the streetwise beats of the Cube banger.

Thank you Mike Judge; a true F.W.A. [Filmmaka With Attitude].

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