Ice Cube is among the people Harry Mack can now call a fan after the freestyle sensation kicked some bars about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
The guys got together in a new YouTube video published on Tuesday (July 25), along with fellow TMNT star Seth Rogen and a few other members of the cast. With all six guests giving Harry a word to incorporate into a freestyle, he went straight off the top while also mentioning what people were wearing – and they were impressed.
“Yoooo this was INSANE!!” Harry wrote with the clip on Instagram. “I was a huge fan of the TMNT cartoons as a kid, even had some of the action figures. Being involved with @tmntmovie in any capacity is dope— but naw, this was next level.
“Shout out to one of the dopest, most influential rappers of ALL TIME @icecube for not only listening to my freestyle, but also giving mad props after I was done— that alone is enough motivation to keep me going for decades man I swear.”
He continued: “And I gotta say, hearing the iconic @sethrogen laugh in person was beyond special. That man is such a legend. Much love to the full turtle cast as well for rocking with my TikTok and already knowing who I was when I showed up, that was such an awesome surprise for me.
“The energy was top notch this whole day and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love for people I deeply respect. Go peep that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in theatres August 2, it’s gonna be crazyyy.”
Meanwhile, Ice Cube hasn’t been having the best week, as he was accused of being a “sellout” once again for sitting down for an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Cube drove through his former stomping grounds of South Central Los Angeles with Carlson on Tuesday (July 25) as they delved into an array of hot-button political topics including Barack Obama’s presidency, Black Lives Matter and the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I don’t believe in politicians,” the West Coast rap legend stated when asked if he’s ever donated to a political campaign. “Politicians have hidden agendas. They owe a lot of people a lot of favors. The more money you give them, the more you’re listened to.”
Ice Cube said he was proud to see Obama get elected as President of the United States in 2008 as he “didn’t think America would ever take that step” — but his enthusiasm didn’t last.
“I didn’t think they would do that, so that was a moment in time,” he said. “But then you look around and years go by and not much changed for people I know, people I care about… At the end of the day, it’s still the same results.”
Carlson also asked the former N.W.A member why he refused to take the COVID-19 vaccine while filming the movie Oh Hell No (which he subsequently quit).
“I’m not real good with direct orders,” he replied. “It wasn’t ready. It was a six-month rush job and I didn’t feel safe … There’s no repercussions if they’re wrong, but I get all the repercussions if they’re wrong.”
He added: “It wasn’t a tough call. I wanted to be an example for my kids and really make sure that they wouldn’t take it either, show them that I want to stand on my convictions and I was willing to lose $9million and more.”
As for Black Lives Matter, Ice Cube raised questions about the sizeable donations the organizations received following George Floyd’s death in 2020 and the subsequent riots across the U.S.
“Whenever you do that, most of the time it’s a lot of people siphoning that money off the top,” he said. “And the kicker is, a lot of people say they’re gonna give the money, but they don’t even give the money. They just get the article wrote, everybody think they’re great and they never even give the money.”
Fans were not happy to see Cube sit down with the controversial host for an interview, and flocked to social media to express their disappointment at the rap veteran. Cube has yet to respond to the negative reactions.