Ice Cube left legendary rap group NWA in 1990 due to royalty issues and subsequently launched a successful solo career. He has now reached new heights as a record producer. In a recent interview:
It’s a double-edged sword in a lot of ways. It’s kinda like a condom. It prevents diseases and pregnancy but it causes a lot more people to be fucking on each other, you know what I mean? What it’s doing is giving people opportunities who wouldn’t have had opportunities. It puts the power in the artists’ hands to promote it aggressively. But it also is teaching a generation that music is free… that they shouldn’t have to pay for it. Everyone should stand in line and look forward to opening a CD and all that stuff. It’s like taking the magic out of it and ultimately, it will put your favorite artists out of business. And you’re gonna have all these iPads, and iPhones and iTunes, and you ain’t gonna have nothing to put in it.