When you think of Ice Cube, the first thing that comes to mind is probably N.W.A.’s seminal Straight Outta Compton, or maybe his great film debut in Boyz n the Hood. Less fortunate but equally likely to spring into your brain is his more recent family comedy Are We Done Yet?

Whatever you know him best for, “architecture enthusiast” doesn’t come up too often in Cube-related discussions, but he’s big into it. In fact, before he began his incredibly influential rap career, he was studying architectural drafting at the Phoenix Institute of Technology.

Now, in a new video series by Pacific Standard Time, a collaborative project by over 60 cultural institutions in Southern California, Ice Cube is featured in one of several videos exploring the Los Angeles art and design scene.

Cube’s video is about the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood of LA. It was constructed in 1949 by the husband and wife design team, Charles and Ray Eames to serve as their home and studio. We’ll let Ice Cube explain the background and finer points of the Eames House story, but we’d just like to say that we’re really loving this video.

Here’s a little quote from Cube in a New York Times story that we thought was pretty interesting:

“I had learned about [the Eames’] when I was studying architectural drafting. Back then, I didn’t know I was going to make money. So being that they put together a house in two days and used discarded materials — something about their style caught on.

As I got older, I could equate it to sampling. I see that’s what we were doing, taking discarded records from the ’60s and ’70s and revamping them.”

We wouldn’t mind seeing Cube talk more architecture. Bring on part two!

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