Cube sat down with TIME's Nolan Feeney to discuss police brutality, “Bye, Felisha,” and having his son play him in 'Straight Outta Compton.'
Ice Cube has a close personal connection to Straight Outta Compton, and not just because the hip-hop biopic chronicles his time with the pioneering rap group N.W.A.—the actor playing him is his very own son. But Cube is quick to point out that this is no case of nepotism. Not only did O’Shea Jackson Jr. have to win over the filmmakers with an audition like every other actor in the film, he also had to overcome his father’s skepticism. “Sometimes you ask your kid for something, and when it’s really time to really go and do it, they start to back out,” says the rapper-actor, who also produced the movie as well. Cube talked to TIME about police brutality, the Drake-Meek Mill feud and the enduring legacy of “Bye, Felisha.”