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Forgotten Beefs: Ice Cube VS Cypress Hill

Around the time of the recording of Cypress Hill’s third album “Temple’s Of Boom,”  fellow west coast rapper and long time Cypress Hill fan, Ice Cube, approached B-Real with an offer to star in the first installment of his Friday trilogy, but due to pre-scheduled tour commitments, B-Real had to decline Cubes offer.

As B-Real was a close friend of Ice Cube, and had even attended his wedding ceremony, he offered to donate a song to Cube as a goodwill gesture.

“I felt bad about it so I said, hey I can’t be in the movie, my manager fucked up, I apologize, but we can give you some music for the movie if you want? and he was like…. hell yeah”

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Cypress Hill started working on the track, “Roll It Up, Light It Up,” which they managed to squeeze in while working on their studio album. Once the track was finished they asked Ice Cube if he would like to come over and have a listen. They wanted to get his approval before fully submitting it.

“We didn’t want to give him something that he didn’t like. It’s Ice Cube for fucks sake, we wanted to give him something he felt strongly about”   


Ice Cube passed by the studio and during the listening session, B-Real told Cube they had been working on their album and would he like to hear a few tracks, to which Ice Cube was more than happy to. They played Cube 3 or 4 songs from the album with the last one being “Throw Your Set In The Air,“. According to B-Real, Cube really liked the song and asked if he could use it for the movie instead of the other one. B-Real told him it wouldn’t be possible because Sony already had it marked as their lead single.

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A few months later Cypress Hill went on tour. While out on the road, friends of the group were calling and asking if they had given the “Throw Your Set” song to Ice Cube. Naturally, the Cypress Hill members were confused by these reports as the song hadn’t even been released. B-Real found it especially inconceivable that Cube would steal the songs chorus concept so he initially took a neutral stance on the matter, believing Cube must have a good explanation. However, fellow Cypress Hill members Sen Dog and DJ Muggs didn’t take the same view and almost immediately reacted by going on the radio and publicly exposing Cubes “alleged” betrayal live on air.

“Sen Dog and Muggs went on the radio and dissed the fuck out of him.”


Not long after Sen Dog and Muggs made their appearance on Power 106, B-Real received a phone call from Cube at 3am in the morning, telling him he’d heard Sen and Muggs dissing him live on air. B-Real told Cube that the rest of the guys were pissed because they felt he stole their shit and that was their reaction. B-Real said that during their telephone conversation Cube was implicit that he never stole their hook and had nothing but love for Cypress Hill, claiming that these types of misunderstandings happen all the time in hip hop, people come up with similar choruses. Given their history, B-Real felt Cube was sincere with his explanation and was willing to put the whole thing down to coincidence.

“I’m like, aight cool, let me talk to the other homies and try to square this away. Cos’ i wanted to believe him. I mean this is one of my favourite rappers, this is one of my homies, this is the guy who inspired me to make me a better rapper here on the west coast. He was like the best out here, you know what I’m sayin?”  


Apparently not long after their conversation, Cube asked B-Real to pass by the studio as there were a couple of lines he would like him to drop on his “Kaution” project, which he was working on at the time. Ice Cube didn’t want to sample the lines due to Sony charging too much for a Cypress Hill sample, so Cube requested for B-Real to come over and say a couple of words instead. During the session, B-Real claimed he recognized some lyrics being used in the Kaution track that were taken from Cypress Hill’s “Throw Your Set In The Air.”

“When I heard those words I was like, man he straight lied to my face”


To make absolutely certain his ears weren’t deceiving him B-Real asked if they could play the track back and re-do his part, claiming he could do it better. B-Real claims that somebody must have picked up on his reaction on hearing the verse the first time round because when the track was played back a second time the section with the stolen lyrics had gone.

“The engineer had muted those fuckin phrases out of the song because I think he figured that I recognized them. I couldn’t believe that it was coincidence at that point.”


Interestingly B-Real didn’t confront Cube during the session. The call out came when Cypress Hill released their Temples Of Boom album, with the Ice Cube diss track “No Rest For The Wicked.” The song title is a reference to Ice Cube’s 1993 single “Wicked,” which was another track that Cube allegedly bit from New Jersey emcee King Sun.

No Rest For The Wicked was the catalyst that would see Ice Cube resurrect his acclaimed diss track writing abilities as he and his newly formed West Coast Connection partner Mack 10 came back hard with “King Of The Hill”.

“Even though we was dog’s, I felt like they should be dealt with the worst”

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Cypress Hill returned with a stronger response than their previous effort with “Ice Cube Killa,” an underground release that flipped the same beat as Cube’s King Of The Hill and featured rapper LC (Shag) who sounds uncannily similar to Ice Cube.

Although Ice Cube Killa was a great diss record it was (in my opinion) no match for the man who penned the lyrics to arguably the greatest diss record in hip hop history, “No Vaseline.”

Thankfully, like the majority of hip hop beefs, this one didn’t become anything serious, although it almost did when split loyalties between LA’s black and Latino communities came close to erupting. Fortunately this was quickly squashed when Ice Cube got on the phone to B-Real to smooth things out and bring the beef to an end.

Who won the beef on wax?

Cypress Hill (mainly B-Real) held their own against a rap icon but as always it boils down to which rapper you like best. Drop a comment below

14 thoughts on “Forgotten Beefs: Ice Cube VS Cypress Hill”

  1. Oh wow. I did not know about this beef whatsoever until now. No longer a fan of beef/diss lyrics or bragging…but will check out for history’s sake and to see what each side spit.

  2. Ice Cube roasted them, stupid purile lyrics about ‘whack 10’ and a weak flow makes their response inferior. King of the Hill is TOUGH, and both Cube and Mack 10 crush their verses. Diss track aside it’s a banger, neither of the Cypress tracks are…

  3. Ice Cube writes the rhymes that we say….Ice Cube the king crushed that fake ass Cheech and Chong…okay I love Cypress Hill but that line killed it.

  4. You can’t fuck with Ice Cube his lyrics are a thousand times better than Cypress Hill the hardcore tears them up to the end

  5. Boi ice Cube killed that shit man fuck cypress hill WEST SIDE BITCHEs cypress is a bunch a fake ass motherfuckers

  6. Cube just iced every opponent he encountered. They others may have “some” style, but not nearly as many power shots. Opponents may have a few lines come through, but are soon faded out with “fluff lyrics”. Cube, on the other hand, has very strategic bombs that hit with a precision of a surgeon with his scalpel, in both his dis and many other tracks. Only the beats that were created could only be worthy of his skillful rhymes. To me, he is undeniably the Godfather of gangster and political rap, while leading the way for this generation of rap and hip hop, while opening the eyes up of the world….

  7. I love both artist equally the same-Cube:nwa-friday-now doing family movies, ’nuff said. The Hill:set all kinds of records for Latino’s in the music industry+supporters of marijuana

  8. Rubbish this article isn’t 100% correct.The track B real offered to cube and the track he excepted was not the same as the one cube used on his albulm.Watch the interview with B real.Accident my ass,Ice cube is a thieving dog and was lucky he appolygised to B real cypress hill or who knows.The cypress hill diss wasnt only better but straight to the point which you could definately feel especially from sen’s reaction in the track that this was now personal.A war between these 2 would of been more than a war and had to be sugar coated.My vote goes to the Cypress hill family,way more inventive and original.Ice cube sounds exactlly the same in every song,and B real would squash Cube.Only my opinion.Dre is the king simple.

  9. Cube delibrately steals B real’s music a completely different track to the one B real and cube agreed on and he’s the man.How you ice cube fans can say hes the man is disrespectul toward a group Cypress hill who are in my opinion more inventive and creative than big shot repetative dog thieving lying bitch Ice Cube.Lucky he apolygised and lucky B real was so forgiving cause B real would of squashed Cube.Just aswell they both are as popular as each other or one of them might not be here today,and the Cypress diss pissed all over the cube attempt seriously.

  10. Honestly, being a hardcore ORIGINAL fan of both (I was there when both these mf’s made their debuts), I have to say that I like neither of these dis tracks. They are examples of BOTH artists way past their prime. Just like Pac and Biggie, when artist make dis tracks, it’s just a weak side of them. All huffy and puffy about shit. Always makes a performance less “timeless” and a true “classic”.

    Truth be told here is how you should judge people = best all time songs vs best all time song. And I think there is no argument that the few hits from NWA and the Posse album, Straight Outta Compton and Amerikkkas Most Wanted WAY outshine How I Could Just Kill a Man. So we know who is king. Even though I love them both, one is truly iconic forever and invented something that lasted forever. The other was just a great novelty rap thing.

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