Ice Cube appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday to talk about working on new music, getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and whether or not he is interested in running for office.
After joking about hiring fans to keep his Hollywood star in top condition, the hip-hop legend confirmed that he has been in the studio recording new music, which he hopes to release this summer.
Knowing her guest’s history with politically motivated rap, DeGeneres asked if his new music would be any different due to the current administration. “It seems like it. Everybody’s fired up, so it’s time for music,” Cube said.
Sticking on the subject of politics, DeGeneres asked the 48-year-old rapper if he’d ever run for office. “Oh no,” he said, shaking his head. “I use my music. I use my entertainment. I’m an artist. I’d rather paint what I’m feeling than sit up and try to deal with Congress and them crazies out there. They’re more crazy than the rap game, so I’ll stick with rap. We’re safe.”
Cube also talked about launching his own professional basketball league, the Big 3, featuring retired NBA stars like Kobe Bryant. “I saw Kobe Bryant score 60 points in his last game and I’m like, Why is this his last game if he can score 60 points? Obviously, people still want to see guys like that play.”
Bryant himself then turned up to join Cube in a game of 2-on-2 basketball against DeGeneres and college basketball champ Arike Ogunbowale.
Watch the interview in the videos above.