E-40, Too $hort, and Ice Cube of rap supergroup Mount Westmore (along with Snoop Dogg who wasn't in attendance) were recent guests on ROCK THE BELLS radio where they were interviewed by fellow Hip-Hop legend and founder, LL COOL J.
During the interview, Ice Cube and E-40 remembered the huge impact LL had on them when they were young.
"When I first heard you, I was laying down in my bed listening to KDAY late at night. Greg Mack was like 'Yo we got this new song out on Def Jam,'" Cube recalled, referencing LL's classic track "I Need A Beat." "I rose up in my bed like, 'This is what I've been waiting for all day.' Hip-Hop was so rare back then."
Cube went on to describe how LL influenced a generation. "You'd hear a song and you might not catch that song on the radio again for another two days," he remembered. "I was just happy that I caught it, and I knew it was dope. Then I was just on a search for you, like 'What is this dude doing? Where can I see him? Where can I buy a record?' Then we turned 15, and bought your whole album Radio, and it was so refreshing and inspiring because you were our age showing that. You was LeBron before LeBron, in the rap game showing that a youngster can be a megastar and not have to wait until they're 20."
E-40 remembered bumping LL COOL J in his hometown of Vallejo while riding around in an old-school Cougar.
"I had a 1967 Burgundy Mercury Cougar and we would transfer the system out of B-Legit's car to mine," said E-40 said, referencing his brother and frequent rhyme partner. "We was young, like 16 and it would take all day putting it in there. We would transfer the sound system, just because we knew that it was a function that night. But guess what we were slapping though? 'Dear Evette'! We were slapping your whole album, bro, I put that on everything. I grew up listening to your music. On my first album, MVP I had a song called 'Thought I Could Trust The Girl.' I tried to make a song like 'I Need Love.' I tried to do it, but I felt it wasn't for me. L was yolked, you know what I'm saying? He's for the ladies."
Mount Westmore just dropped their new album, which is available on all streaming platforms now.