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#HIPHOP50 Special: PAUSE Q&A with ICE CUBE

There are not many people on this earth quite like Ice Cube. I say this wholeheartedly. It’s not just for his gifts as a musician, lyricist, narrator, activist, father, and most importantly an icon, but more for his innermost self – his beliefs defining his character in a world of faded legacies. Ice Cube has redefined what it means to be true to himself, never wavering from his values, even in the face of criticism. “Being willing to walk away when the conditions aren’t right allows me to keep my credibility in all these different avenues,” he tells me.

Over 30 years of success is a remarkable feat. Renowned for being a founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A, and best known for his skills as a lyricist and storyteller who articulates the realities of African American life, Cube isn’t one to shy away from embracing social issues head-on, through his sharp and socially conscious bravado.

Cover Story - PAUSE Meets: Lil Tecca

The influence of Queens NY is one that cannot be overstated. Since the borough has long fostered generations of diverse cultures, musical talent, fashion sense, and activism, it’s no wonder that throughout history it has bestowed some of hip-hop’s most iconic artists. It seems unlikely that such a vital milieu can ever again nurture such an innovative movement, but the current generation of musicians beg to differ – leaving a lasting impact and showing us exactly what they’re made of.

At first glance, Lil Tecca seems like your average twenty-one-year-old immersed in the world of swanky fits, social consciousness, and technological advancements. But beyond his exterior lies a story of ambition – a story that speaks to the power of dreams. A life which almost every kid dreams of.

Magazine Cover – PAUSE Meets: 6LACK

A sense of celebration permeates the air, despite the fact that we are ponds apart. It’s a Friday evening when me and 6LACK connect over Zoom [arguably one of the most anticipated days of the week]. For most, St Patrick’s Day celebrations are in full swing, erupting into utter festivities across the land. For us, the vibrations are equally as high, as we look towards exactly seven days until 6LACK’s long-awaited return and the release of his third studio album Since I Have A Lover.
Now, the moment is here and 6LACK is back.
In a humble ode to embracing almost all aspects of love, 6LACK’s anticipated comeback album sets the scene for an artistically ambitious return. Having left fans hungry since 2020’s 6pc Hot EP, 6LACK’s soul-searching examination into his own romantic capabilities is sure to satiate the appetites of even the most ravenous of palates.

Magazine Cover – PAUSE Meets: Miguel

Miguel is back, raring to go and ready for his return.

There’s something in the air. Perhaps a spirited and definitive sense of returning. Or, at least that’s the case for Miguel, undoubtedly one of music’s most inimitable spirits. “There’s been a lot of lead-ups so I’m looking forward to getting back to a more regular and steady flow of output,” he muses as we take a moment to divulge his unwavering commitment to both music and creativity.

Magazine Cover – PAUSE Meets: Trippie Redd

Upon asking Trippie Redd to invite me into his world, he responds, “I just be on my own shit” and for once, it makes sense. Born Michael Lamar White of Canton, Ohio, Trippie Redd has carved out an indelible niche for himself, be it his persona, style, or musicality.

Infusing both emo sensibilities and ingenuity into a sea of synthesizers and distorted bass, Redd draws a lot of his inspiration from an enchanting blend of R&B, emo-trap, and shock rock, making him one of hip-hop’s most versatile a

“One of the best interviews as far as smart and new questions..”

Wyclef Jean, 2019.