Ice Cube was furious with Pete Rock for producing Common’s Diss

Ice Cube and Common have become two of hip-hop’s most respected elder statesmen. They went from critical darlings to crossover stars who landed major roles in film and television. They also hated each other in the 1990s. Cube and Com were at each other’s throats during the most dangerous period in the genre’s history, and it took urging from Secretary Louis Farrakhan to settle their differences. However, they weren’t the only two people involved in the beef. Pete Rock told his side of the story during a recent episode of Drinking champions.

Pete Rock talked about his legendary career during the podcast. He talked about his feud with former partner, CL Smooth, and his upcoming album with Common (the other guest). What listeners didn’t see coming, however, was Rock’s reminder of how much Ice Cube hated him. The producer provided the track for Common’s diss, “The B*tch In Yoo,” so Cube apparently felt that Soul Brother No. 1 party had chosen. To be fair, he did. “Obviously Ice Cube was a little mad at me,” Pete Rock told the hosts. “That man made me feel bad, man. He said, ‘Yo, he was mad, he was upset.'”

Pete Rock finally smoothed it out with ice cubes

The producer felt bad about the situation. Fortunately, things went south when Cube and Common agreed to end the feud in 1997. Pete Rock said he was thrilled when he discovered that Cube had let go of his anger the next time he encountered him. “Aww Pete, come on,” the producer remembered him saying. “’You’re good, bro, you’re good.’” Rock and Cube have remained on good terms, but it’s worth noting that in 1996 the producer was all for Common firing the shots.

During a 2011 interview with ComplexPete Rock claimed he encouraged the Chicago rapper to respond to Ice Cube. “I remember getting a call from Common saying how angry he was about being disrespected by Ice Cube,” Rock told the outlet. “I told him, ‘If you need my help, I’m here.'” He then praised both rappers for the way they handled the beef. “That’s how real men should go down,” he stated. ‘But this was something made of wax. I think Common stood up like a man and told him how he really felt. It was memorable, man. Very classic moment.’

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