SXSW 08 Music Live Shots
Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., March 21, 2008
Ice CubeAuditorium Shores, Saturday, March 15
"For all those that want Ice Cube out the game," started the legendary West Coast rapper, "I got one thing to say: You better check yourself before you wreck yourself." Bam! Ice Cube reminded everyone at Auditorium Shores Saturday night just why he's atop rap's pantheon. The hourlong set played out as a greatest-hits collection of one of hip-hop's finest hit-makers, the crowd getting what they wanted: "You Can Do It," "Check Yo Self," "Natural Born Killaz," as well as N.W.A staples "Gangsta Gangsta," "Straight Outta Compton," and "Express Yourself." Crip-walking alongside hype-man Doug C (who sounds eerily like Chuck D), Cube urged weed heads to light up, riffed on gangsta rap's bad rep, and bet Benjamins with C over whose side of the crowd was more raucous before launching into "It Was a Good Day." Had the venue had a roof, it would've landed in the river behind the stage. Rocking a black Washington Nationals jersey and grown-out Afro ("I can grow my Jheri curl back"), the oft-criticized Cube came off more Friday than Are We There Yet?, his "I'm still treacherous as ever on this goddamn mic" claim completely warranted.