Ice Cube has a new rap -- documentary filmmaking
By Basil Katz
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ice Cube helped create gangsta rap, sold millions of albums, starred in numerous movies, and now he is dabbling in something new, film journalism, as he targets U.S. professional football and the fate of his hometown Los Angeles.
A die-hard football fan and supporter of the old Los Angeles Raiders, Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson, had never delved deep into the game beyond being a fan of the sport and the spectacle that takes place around it.
Then he began to wonder why, in 1994, the Raiders returned to their first home in the relatively small city of Oakland, outside San Francisco, from major metropolis Los Angeles where they had taken up residence for more than a decade.
Cube didn't like the answers he found, so the rapper, actor and football fan turned to documentary directing with the hope he might be able to bring a team back to Los Angeles.
"I think the whole country is going to be interested to know that the commissioner wanted a (football) franchise, and was conspiring to get a franchise there," Ice Cube told Reuters, referring to Oakland and to the head of the National Football League, which governs the sport in the United States.
Cube's movie, "Straight Outta L.A," had its world premiere at this week's Tribeca Film Festival, and offers moviegoers a snapshot of Los Angeles and its rap music culture seen through the dual lens of the Raiders team and their rabid fans.
When the team's owner Al Davis moved the them from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, Cube was 13-years-old and rap was making its way onto city streets and radio airwaves.
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