Ice Cube: "He was the first person to be accepted nationwide by the hip-hop industry. Him being raised in New Jersey and LA, he was the first one to make a link with the groups out there that was on top. By hanging out with KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane, he was able to put himself in the same category as them when he started to do his music. He opened up a lot of doors for us to come through.

"I remember first getting his album, [Power], in high school. I just couldn't believe how fly it was. Him on the cover, he was looking like an LA player. His logo was an Uzi! It was like, 'Man, this is the record I've been waiting on.' I couldn't believe I had it.

"Ice is an ambassador of the game. He's always dropping knowledge on you. I remember him being backstage saying, 'That