Mack 10 and Ice Cube are two of the most influential rappers from the West Coast, who have collaborated on several projects and formed the supergroup Westside Connection with WC. However, many fans wonder if they are related by blood or marriage, and what caused their rift that ended their partnership. Here is a brief overview of their relationship and feud.
How Mack 10 and Ice Cube Met
Mack 10, whose real name is Dedrick D’Mon Rolison, was born on August 9, 1971, in Inglewood, California. He started his rap career in the early 1990s and made his first appearance on Ice Cube’s 1994 compilation album “Bootlegs & B-Sides” on the remixed track “What Can I Do?”.
Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, was born on June 15, 1969, in South Central Los Angeles. He rose to fame as a member of the pioneering rap group N.W.A., and later pursued a successful solo career as a rapper, actor, and producer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest MCs of all time.
The two rappers met through WC, who was a friend of both of them and a member of the rap group WC and the Maad Circle. WC introduced Mack 10 to Ice Cube, who was impressed by his skills and signed him to his label Lench Mob Records. The three of them formed the Westside Connection in 1994, a group that represented the West Coast gangsta rap scene and culture.
The Success of Westside Connection
The Westside Connection released their debut album “Bow Down” in 1996, which was a critical and commercial success. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over two million copies in the US. It featured the hit singles “Bow Down”, “Gangstas Make the World Go Round”, and “Westside Slaughterhouse”, which was a diss track aimed at Common, who had criticized West Coast rap in his song “I Used to Love H.E.R.”.
The group also appeared on several soundtracks, such as “Friday”, “Dangerous Ground”, “Thicker Than Water”, and “The Players Club”. They also collaborated with other artists, such as K-Dee, Mack 10’s wife Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from TLC, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Master P, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Xzibit.
The Westside Connection released their second and final album “Terrorist Threats” in 2003, which was also well-received by critics and fans. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 500,000 copies in the US. It featured the singles “Gangsta Nation”, “Lights Out”, and “So Many Rappers in Love”.
The Fallout Between Mack 10 and Ice Cube
However, things turned sour between Mack 10 and Ice Cube in the mid-2000s, leading to their split and the end of the Westside Connection. The exact reason for their feud is unclear, but Mack 10 has revealed that it had something to do with Ice Cube’s brother-in-law, who allegedly got into a physical altercation with him.
According to Mack 10, he had warned Ice Cube several times to correct the situation with his brother-in-law, who he claimed was messing up his money and being disrespectful to him. He said that he expected Ice Cube to intervene and tell his brother-in-law to stay away from him and their business. However, Ice Cube apparently did not do anything about it, which led to Mack 10 losing his respect for him.
Mack 10 also said that he and Ice Cube never had a fight or exchanged blows, but only had an argument over the phone. He said that he thought that was it, but later found out that Ice Cube had cut him off from their joint ventures and projects. He said that he felt betrayed by Ice Cube’s actions and decided to part ways with him.
Since then, Mack 10 and Ice Cube have not spoken or seen each other for almost two decades. They have also not expressed any interest in reconciling or working together again. Mack 10 said that he only rocks with those who rock with him, and if it’s fuck him, then it’s fuck them.
Are Mack 10 and Ice Cube Related?
The short answer is no. Mack 10 and Ice Cube are not related by blood or marriage. They are only former friends and collaborators who had a falling-out over personal and professional issues.
However, some people may have confused them as relatives because of their connection to Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, who was married to Mack 10 from 2000 to 2004. T-Boz is also the cousin of Ice Cube’s wife Kimberly Woodruff, who he married in 1992. Therefore, Mack 10 and Ice Cube were once related by marriage through their wives, but not anymore.
Mack 10 and Ice Cube are two of the most influential rappers from the West Coast, who have collaborated on several projects and formed the supergroup Westside Connection with WC. However, they are not related by blood or marriage, and have been estranged from each other for almost two decades due to a conflict involving Ice Cube’s brother-in-law. They have not expressed any interest in reconciling or working together again, and have moved on with their own careers and lives.