With Grand Theft Auto V continuing to stand out as the best game of the year, one of its lead voice actors has stepped forward and revealed being the person responsible for fighting Ice Cube two decades ago in real life.
According to Shawn Fonteno, he sided with Cypress Hill in the 90’s and took Cube’s chain during their short-lived beef.
Back before he voiced Franklin the gangbanger in “Grand Theft Auto V,” Shawn Fonteno was a rapper who allegedly KNOCKED OUT Ice Cube in a legendary street fight … TMZ has learned. Fonteno used to rap under the name Solo — and back in the day, he appeared in the documentary “Beef 2” describing a fight with Cube, in which he claims he KO’d the rapper over a business dispute and stole his chain. The story was huge back in the ’90s … and the incident was a big part of the nasty feud between Cube and Cypress Hill, since Solo was tight with CH. (TMZ)
Despite the seriousness, Fonteno said they have both moved forward with their lives and admitted he would like to work with the rapper-turned-movie star.
But now, Fonteno has grown up … and this week in L.A., the voice actor told us he’s buried the hatchet with his former foe. “We both hustlers homie, it is what is, you know what I’m sayin’?” Fonteno told us. “He’s from South Central, I’m from South Central, that sh*t’s over with man.” Fonteno says he’s not only moved on … but he now wants to WORK WITH Cube in the future … telling the rapper, “Holla at ya boy!” (TMZ)
Prior to the chain-snatching, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and Cube’s relationship turned sour over an alleged song-jacking.
If you were a hip-hop fan in the 1990s, then you probably remember the beef between Cypress Hill and Ice Cube, which ignited after the N.W.A. rapper stole their record. During a recent sit-down with VladTV, Cypress Hill frontman B-Real told the story of their beef’s origin, explaining that he missed out on playing a role in Cube’s Friday movie and offered him a song for its soundtrack instead. However, when Cube came to the studio to hear it, he got an advanced listen to Cypress Hill’s “Throw Your Set in the Air” single… and would eventually steal the concept. The beef would snowball, and after fights taking place in the streets and diss records, years later, the beef was squashed. (Baller Status)
A few years ago, B-Real spoke on Cube having issues with the New West.
“Well you know, our beef with Cube was different than what he’s going through with these young artists right now,” B-Real reasoned in an interview. “He’s gotta point man, he don’t owe anybody nothing. That’s just the reality of it. He doesn’t owe them nothing. At the same time, you know, [laughs] it’s like, these guys ain’t getting no love from the radio, they ain’t getting love from nobody. But once and a while we gotta show these guys some love. These are the next generation of dudes so we have to support them. But as far as what’s going on with that, he don’t owe nobody s**t man. He didn’t get no hand outs. He had to grind for everything. He had to work for everything he has. From the time he was with NWA to when he left. He had to grind out after that. He did that. It wasn’t like somebody was like ‘Hey Cube, here’s your spot, go do your thing.’ You know so, I think that’s a feeling that he’s entitled to.” (All Hip Hop)
Check out Shawn Fonteno’s interview: