West Coast Hip Hop ACL Fest Set With Ice Cube

Don’t try to clown on Ice Cube. He’ll beat you to the punchline.

“A lot of y’all thinking, ‘That’s Ice Cube up there!’” the rapper born O’Shea Jackson said from American Express Stage during his Saturday night set at ACL. “That motherf***** do movies. Ain’t that Ice Cube that do them crazy-ass Coors Light commercials and s***?”

Suzanne Cordeiro/ For American-Statesman Ice Cube performs on Day 2 of the 2017 ACL Music Festival held at Zilker Park in Austin.

That was, in fact, the same Ice Cube of “Friday” and “Are We There Yet?” infamy. But lest the rabid throng forget the red-blooded MC’s original day job, he raced through a flurry of classics from his solo career and N.W.A tenure with jaw-dropping precision. Atop a collection of instantly recognizable, pulverizing beats, the rapper spat bars that were wickedly funny, aggressively masculine and unfailingly profane.

“For all the people in here who didn’t think Ice Cube could get onstage and still rock the mic, I got one thing to say to yo’ ass,” Cube smugly told the audience. “You better check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self!



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