Ice Cube Wants Dinner With Barack Obama

Kat Storr, Entertainment Producer

Ice Cube has told Sky News that he would like to have dinner with Barack Obama after he leaves the White House because he thinks the conversation would be "juicier".

He was speaking as he promotes his NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, which charts the rise of gangsta rap music.

The film includes references to LAPD brutality against young black men and the riots after Rodney King was beaten in 1991.

The themes will echo among some Americans today following the death of Michael Brown in August last year and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Straight Outta Compton includes a scene where Cube, played by his real life son O'Shea Jackson Jr, mocks fellow rapper Eazy-E for having lunch with George Bush Sr at the White House. He also wrote lyrics about it in his track No Vaseline.

But Cube said he wouldn't rule out a meal with Mr Obama.

"I love Obama," he said.

"I think he's a great president, I think he's doing a great job.

"But I'd like to have dinner with him after he's president because I think our conversation would be a lot juicier."

Jackson Jr said it was hard to ignore the parallels between the Straight Outta Compton riot scenes and what was happening in Ferguson.

"There has always been oppression, people in positions of power, abusing the power," he said.

"This movie is about the past but sadly talking about the present. We don't want it to talk about the future."

Jackson Jr said there was no nepotism involved in him getting the role of his father and that it actually took him two years to secure it.

Cube, who produced the film, said: "You don't want to start just giving out jobs to your friends.

"You've always had to earn a place on any of my movies so it was no different with him, even though, you know, O'Shea's my son, I couldn't just give him the role without him earning it."

But he added he is really proud of Jackson Jr who is now "reaping the benefits of all of his hard work".

NWA were known for their controversial lyrics which some criticised for inciting violence or encouraging misogyny.

But Cube said he had no regrets about the content of songs like F*** The Police.

"Music is like a time capsule, you know, you can go back to eras, you can go back to a certain year and some music can take you back and teleport you back into time," he said.

"So you don't want to change anything, you want to leave it the same because that was what you was feeling and thinking, that's what you were back then."

:: Straight Outta Compton is released in the UK on 28 August.