The Nigga Ya Love To Hate

The Nigga Ya Love To Hate

Ice Cube

Ice Cube’s classic (and often-borrowed; see here and here) polemical theme: you love to hate him! You hate to love him!

Ice Cube provided some background for this track:

That was originally supposed to be a song for N.W.A [lyrically, not the music]. I felt like mainstream America hated us [N.W.A], like they thought we was the worst thing to come out to America since… Columbus! [laughs] And that fired us up, because it meant that we was being heard. That was the most important thing. I mean, rap is the blues, especially gangsta rap, because you’re hearing our pain, whether you agree with it or like it or not. You’re hearing what we’ve got to say. If not, then you’re voiceless, you’re not even a number to a lot of these… people in high places.

We had different choruses for that song. One went, ‘Love, hate’ and then other things in there. And we was trying to find stuff that we could scratch in. I thought about it for a long time, like a whole day. And then I came up with, ‘Fuck you, Ice Cube!,’ like people were mad at us for doing hardcore rap. And everyone in the studio thought I was crazy, like, ‘How you gonna say ‘Fuck yourself’ on your own record?!’ We talked about it for a long time and then Chuck said that it was dope, he liked it. So we did it.

Producer Sir Jinx said the following about his discussion with Ice Cube about the chorus:

I'ma tell you something: me and Cube had a disagreement on the ‘Fuck you Ice Cube.’ I was like, ‘Why would you want somebody to say, 'Fuck you?’‘ And he loves this…