Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

7. Ice CubeAmeriKKA’s Most Wanted

I love the fact that a West Coast pioneer took an East Coast approach to doing an album. Again, it’s gangster to have a political opinion. He took that political incorrectness and made poetry out of it – to where again, it wasn’t ‘Gangsta’, it was ‘Gangster’. I could appreciate that; I appreciate the business, not just random gunfire. There was a shock value to it. Gangsta rap now is just little kids talking shit; they’re going to get caught for their crime, they’re not being smart about their criminal activity. I like smart crime; white collar crime, but we’ve gone from the bosses making the music to the hit men.

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