Ice Cube Says N.W.A. Faced Real Gangsters

While Ice Cube was once heralded as a gang banging,

gun-toting gangsta lyricist, the rapper/actor disclosed that he and his original

group N.W.A. often faced real street thug because of their gritty image.

"We used to get that all the time man all the time that group (N.W.A.) was a

magnet for every tough guy in world to come up," Cube told "But

you know through the yearsyou learn how to deflect all the negative energy.

You realize who is with you and who is not and you learn how to shake them without

them even getting close enough to cause you any problems or any pains."

"I just learned how to shake those kind of people I know are kind of like wolves

in sheep's clothing," he said.

Currently, Cube is working on a new group album with WC and Mack 10 (West Coast

Connection) and his Aftermath Records-fueled solo album.

"I'm excited, because it feels like I'm going full circle. This new album could

possibly be the best album I've ever done," he stated.

Also, Cube's meteoric rise as an accomplished rapper-to-actor-then-mogul has

been chronicled in a new DVD, "Making of a Don." The film is already available

on the net. None of the Don's original music is included in the DVD for undisclosed