Kevin Hart and Ice Cube couldn’t have had more disparate paths leading them to star together in the new comedy Ride Along. One has spent the last few years making a name for himself as an actor and becoming one of the biggest stand-up comedians in the world, while the other came up as a hip-hop artist during the rise of gangster rap and has worked as an actor for nearly twenty five years. Their differing perspectives and experiences add a certain extra layer to the chemistry between them in their first movie together, but it also led to an interesting time listening to them talk at a recent press event for the film held in Los Angeles.
Set up in the front of a large room press conference-style, Hart and Cube took questions for more than 20 minutes, talking about not only the making of their new film, but also their career goals for themselves, and what it took to get them where they are today. What exactly did they have to say? Read on to find out!
Ice Cube’s Parents Were Super Supportive Of His Hip-Hop CareerIf the last 30 or so years have taught us anything, it’s that "parents" and "rap music" are two things that don’t get along too well. It’s practically become a stereotype that mothers and fathers don’t like their children listening to songs with adult language about violence, and in many cases this is totally understandable. But when Ice Cube was first getting his career in music going he actually had the full support of his parents.
Asked if he has ever had anything to prove to anybody during his run as both a rap artist and an actor (similar to the character that Kevin Hart plays in the film), Cube revealed that he had no one but himself to prove anything to and that all along he had the full support of his family, whom he called "extra supportive."
Upon hearing this at the press conference, Hart was rather incredulous and asked if Cube’s mother was okay with all of the curse words in N.W.A.’s music. "She was like, ‘Why do you have to talk like that?’ but she knew it was positive," Cube said. "She knew it was more positive hanging out with Dre than hanging out with the neighborhood Crips… so they were supportive from day one."
Of course, his siblings were a bit more skeptical about his chosen career path. "My brothers and sisters were still like, ‘What are you doing? Who do you think you are? Run DMC?’ So, it took them a while. It took a couple of checks to come in, take me rolling up in something new for them to respect me, to be like, ‘Damn, how’d you get this?’"