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Ice Cube Explains How to Rap About Being Poor When You’re Rich as Heck

Also discusses how to get kids to clean up their language.

Rapper-actor-producer Ice Cube, one of the stars of this weekend’s 22 Jump Street, has a new album in the works, Everthang’s Corrupt. When Cube visited Time for our 10 Questions page, we asked how the N.W.A. alum managed to rap about what it’s like to be poor when clearly he’s so successful.

While Cube, as he likes to be called, doesn’t give much money to political campaigns — “politicians not going to do more with my money than I can to help whatever cause or whatever situation I want to help”—he uses his music to do his own form of campaigning. He’s an Obama voter, too, and is happy with the President, despite the fact that Obama “reminds me of the black kid at a white school that don’t nobody want to play with. That’s fine—he goes in there and does his thing, does what he can.”

A longer version of the interview, in which Cube discusses some geometry and gives parenting tips, is below.




TIME Parenting

Parenting Advice From Ice Cube

Chapter 1: How To Make Sure Your Kids Don't Curse at Home

Ice Cube’s kids, not surprisingly, listened to a lot of rap music growing up. Two of his three kids are now rappers in their own right. But the man who reprises his role as a perpetually angry cop in 22 Jump Street is not about to tolerate bad language in his home.

In his interview in the luxuriously paper edition of TIME this week, Cube, as he likes to be known, says he doesn’t allow cursing in the home. “All kids got crazy language,” he says “I know kids cuss, they do their thing, but I tell them Don’t do it in the earshot of any adults or you’re in trouble.”

When they resist he breaks out his famous scowl, which, he claims, totally works as well on his kids as it works on Jonah Hill’s character in the movie.

Ice Cube’s two sons and one daughter have had significantly different upbringings from their dad’s. Cube’s childhood in south central L.A. was no easy ride, while they have wanted for nothing. He doesn’t worry about entitlement however. “We’ve been on the bottom of the barrel so long, just to have anybody in my generation or my family feel entitled means we’ve done something.”

For more of the interview, including Cube’s real name, watch below:



TIME video

‘My Father is an Assassin': How a CIA Spy Told His Kids About His Job

They did not all respond well to the news.

Jack Devine is 32 year veteran of the CIA, working on the operations side. He helped oust Allende from Chile; he gave the mujahedin the stingers with which they shot down the Russian helicopters. He trained with traitor Aldrich Ames. But in his new book Good Hunting, he also talks about being a family man, a father of six.

He developed a method for the delicate job of explaining to his kids what he really did. (Officially, he was “a diplomat”). He liked to have “the talk” in the U.S., to prevent unanticipated leakage, and he had to catch each kid at just the right age. But for his middle daughter, he didn’t get the timing quite right.

In the interview, which is available to subscribers here, Devine also talks about what spies do when they don’t agree with their mission, how they get people to betray their countries and the mishap he had with invisible ink. (HINT: it involves a receipt for a payoff.)

Here’s a longer version of Devine’s chat with Time.



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