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Hey Ice Cube. Did the Super Bowl go the way you wanted?
No it didn't. I was actually going for Pittsburgh. I met Hines Ward on a plane one time when he was having contract negotiation problems, before he won his first ring. We were real cool on the plane. I was looking for him to succeed, unless he's playing Ray Lewis.
After completing "Straight Outta LA", you think you'll continue with directing, and more sport oriented films?
I hope so. I hope I get the opportunity to. We had a lot of fun doing it. I learned a lot. I love sports. Sports and films, that's the perfect combination for me.
How excited are you for the next season of your show?
I'm very excited because the first season which was basically just 10 episodes, we were constricted by just being picked up. Now that we're doing 90 episodes, we can really have fun.
LOVE your new album. MONEY OR YOUR LIFE, great stuff. Keep it coming. Miss that west coast flow.
Whenever I get the feeling, I'm recording new music. I bought my new studio in 2005. I've had more fun making hip hop at this point in my career than I did in the middle of my career.
Is Mike Epps the funniest guy you've worked with?
Definitely one of them. He's, to me, naturally funny. It's not an act. It's not something that he has to turn on or off. He's naturally that way. How you see him in the movies is how he is, as far as being funny. He is, my closest comedian friend, I think, at this point.
I'm real cool with Martin Lawrence and pretty much all of the guys I've worked with. Even Chris Tucker, but me and Mike have the closest relationship.
hey Cube....what do you think about this Melo to the Lakers news? Should they ship Bynum out?
It's scary, because I know how we look without a dominant center or a bulky 7-footer in there. We usually look thin in the backside. I'm both excited to have another all-star on the team and it would take pressure off of Kobe to score. I don't know if Pau can handle playing center throughout the season and the finals. I don't know if you can put the burden on him. It's scary.
I love watching all your movies. Have you ever looked back at where you started and where you are today and think, "wow, I've come a long way"? Not many people have been a success for as long as you have.
Yeah, often. It's like when I do interviews, I get this question a lot. I often reflect on how far I have come. But not too long, because I feel like I'm a young man, I have a lot of living to do. I have a lot of entertainment in me. I want to do this for a long time. I am looking forward mostly, but when I get these questions, it makes me reflect.
First of all, really enjoyed "Straight Outta L.A." How hopeful are you of a football team in LA? Which team do you think is going to relocate to LA?
I'm excited. I'm hearing the stadium talk. I heard the Vikings stadium just fell down on them. That would be a nice fit, with the Vikings purple and gold next to the Lakers. The Jaguars, though Jacksonville is a nice city, it might not be the right city for the NFL. It's something bitter sweet, for the Chargers to come here. It would be good for me to see Oakland without having to travel. We'll take anyone. We'll take an expansion team.
Where would you rank Friday on your favorite movies that you have done?
It's ranked No. 2, behind Boyz n the Hood. That's No. 1 because it was my initiation into the business. It's right up there as one of my favorite movies. I get asked about it in every interview.
Cube, what's more fun, rapping, acting, or producing TV shows?
There are different parts of each that are great. Making music is very satisfying, because it's just me getting to do what I want to do. But making movies, acting is fun too when you get a good role and a good director with a good movie. It's fun when you're not stressing to get it done. Producing, that's where the action is. It's like being the GM of a team, you get to put all the pieces together and see how it goes on the field. But in its purest form, rapping on stage, I don't think there is anything in entertainment that can beat that.
Where did you watch the Super Bowl from? Also, do you agree that the Black Eyed Peas fell flat during the halftime show?
I watched the Super Bowl at my house with my whole family, my father and a guy that works for me, Herc. We enjoyed it. The Black Eyed Peas, I thought did a great job. I thought Fox messed it up. They messed up the sound. It was visually stunning. I don't know what people want from a stage performance. It's not a video. Besides singing and dancing with a mic, there's not too much more you can do. It wasn't there fault the sound was messed up on TV. Artists can't do anything about bad sound after the performance has started.
Where do you rate Duke on your hate love meter? haha
They don't rank nowhere. I don't love 'em, I don't hate 'em, I don't care. We are the Pac-10 over here. We're not worried about the ACC. We only worry about them in the tournament.
In All About the Benjamins you had a Heat jersey on. Was that just for the role or are you a fan? What you think of them?
It was just for the role. I was a Miami guy in the movie. But I did love Tim Hardaway. I was a fan and a friend of Tim, so I kind of paid homage to him. I'm not a fan. I love Alonzo Mourning, he's cool. But I'm a Lakers guy, dude. Purple and gold all the way. Hopefully the Lakers and Heat make it to the finals so we can see if they're worth the hype.
Did you watch any of the other "30 for 30" films? If so, which was your favorite?
I loved the one on Iverson. I loved the one on Jimmy the Greek. I loved the one on the USFL. I loved the one John Singleton did on Marion Jones. The Escobar one was good. Even the one on Marcus Dupress. I tried to watch as many as I could, because they were the best sports documentaries in the game. I liked them.
I can't wait to do 60 for 60.
Lakers in 6. Lakers in 6. I don't care who we're playing.
Thanks for chatting Ice Cube!