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