Ice Cube Talks LA, Urban Freeways, & Mid-Century Modernism

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by David Garber

There's only so much that can be said before you watch this amazing video. So here is it, in all its glory. Turns out gangsta rapper and actor Ice Cube is a big fan of Los Angeles' Mid-Century design legacy. Check it out:

The video is part of a campaign by the Getty called Pacific Standard Time that celebrates art in LA from 1945-1980. The New York Times picked up the story and interviewed Ice Cube about LA, his time as an architectural draftperson, and his appreciation for the places that make his city unique.

“What was appealing was showing off Los Angeles to people who think they know what Los Angeles is all about,” said Ice Cube, who is seen in the two-minute video cruising in a convertible 1960s Lincoln Continental and explaining the difference between the city’s “bougie” and “gangsta” freeways.

“Everybody who comes here thinks they got the place figured out, but you can never get this place figured out,” he said. “This place is like ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ ”

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