We’re sure we have all had the conversation about who in rap has got the best flow, the so called Greatest Of All Times. You know the names that will come out...Biggie, Rakim, Jay, Nas, Snoop, Eminem, KRS-One, Tupac, Lil Wayne, and on it goes. Anyway, give us one name which always seems to be conspicuous by its absence from any list. That's right, it's the original rapper you love to hate, the one and only Ice Cube. We’ve never understood why Cube doesn't get the props he deserves for his flow and lyricism. Maybe it is because of his mid-90s hip-hop waning and successful moves into other branches of showbiz, but for us Cube is one of the key reasons we got into hip-hop in the first place, and remains a legend. That’s why his ‘Man’s Best Friend’ is riding high on the current ‘Friendly Fire’ playlist.
His lyrics and delivery on NWA's key output is clearly incredible, and if you take a moment to revisit his first four solo efforts (‘AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted’ through to ‘Predator’, and including the ‘Kill At Will’ EP) you'd be hard pressed to find someone more on top of their business. Whether spitting pure fury and anger, thoughtful and politically insightful tracks, or just straight up mellow party tunes and tall tales, Cube is the master. Indeed ‘Death Certificate’ is still one of the most complete rap albums you could find and an all-time classic. So don't let ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Dangerous Ground’ cloud your judgement, and go back to the source to give praise to a true great, and west coast legend.