Taking a rare break from making Are We There Yet? sequels and TV episodes, family actor Ice Cube has returned to his first love: gangsta rap. After all so many years of having other careers in tandem with hip-hop, he has always comes back swinging. His last album, 2010's middling I Am the West, showed a lot of promise, though, mostly thanks to production from Sir Jinx--the man partly responsible for the sound on Cube's early '90s solo albums. "Life in California" in which he takes potshots at Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' ubiquitous "Empire State of Mind." Once a fighter, always a fighter.
Tue., March 8, 8 p.m., 2011