N.W.A - MC Ren. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and DJ Yella at the Ice Cube Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony held in front of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador)

N.W.A. (Photo credit: Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)

Looking Back with Ice Cube As 'Straight Outta Compton' Turns 30

August 24, 2018

By Joe Cingrana

(RADIO.COM) — While Compton rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube is currently in the midst of fanboy-ing over the BIG3 basketball championship, he's also got reason to celebrate. Straight Outta Compton, the debut studio album from his group N.W.A. featuring  Arabian Prince, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and himself released on August 8, 1988 just turned 30-years-old.

The rapper, actor, and entrepreneur sat down with 1010 WINS to talk about his iconic album.

"It's crazy," says Ice Cube about the milestone anniversary. "I wasn't even 30-years-old when I did it!"

Cube remembers back to when he was recording with his bandmates at the time, the mid to late eighties, where every day there was a new development. "Something cool was happening every day," says Cube. And as for the very first thing he purchased with that record label money, "I bought a car! I was riding around in something I wasn't digging so I bought me something I could dig a little better."

"It was cool," Cube says with a smile. "I just wanted transportation, man you know. Something cool. I was sick of driving my hooptie!"

30 years ago, Ice Cube helped make history, and the legend hasn’t stopped since.