Ice Cube thanked all “who helped me get here” as he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
The rapper/actor was presented with the 2,614th star in front of the Musicians Institute building on Hollywood Boulevard, and when he took to the podium to give a speech, he insisted the day was less about him and more about those who help him throughout his career.
He specififcally mentioned veteran producer E-A-Ski during the speech saying, “One of the other producers who helped produce some great music for me. Always been down, always will be down.”
E-A-Ski has produced and collaborated on numerous projects with Ice Cube including “Blas If I Have To” from the the “Boyz N The Hood” movie soundtrack, “Penitentiary”, “Pros vs. Joes” from Ice Cube’s I Am The West project, and “Please”. Ice Cube will once again enlist the services of E-A-SKI behind the boards for the emcee’s upcoming solo album currently titled “Everything’s Corrupt”.
“You know, you don’t get here by yourself and when you’re coming up doing music, movies, just trying to be creative, you never figure you’ll be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one day,” he said, according to Reuters. “So today is not really about Ice Cube, it’s about all the people who helped me get here.”
The 47-year-old was supported by rapper WC, his former Westside Connection bandmate, who opened his speech by referencing Ice Cube’s ’90s hit “It was a Good Day” by asking the crowd, “Today was a good day, ain’t it y’all?”
He called the rapper, real name O’Shea Jackson, a “musical genius” and praised him for the social impact he made with his lyrics as a solo artist and with N.W.A.
“Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton also made an appearance and said, “I wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for this dude.” Singleton received an Oscar nomination for his directorial debut, which was the rapper’s first lead movie role.
Watch the entire ceremony in the above video.