Hip-hop hardman Ice Cube credits an unexpected source for kickstarting his rap career - typing classes.

The former NWA member - real name O'SHEA JACKSON - was pushed into typing at his school when he was a 14-year-old student, but he's now grateful because he used the instrument to tap out his first rap rhyme.

He says, "They gave me typing as an elective, and I was like, 'Typing? C'mon man... I don't want typing!'

"So I was in there with this other thug dude named KIDDO and we're sitting in typing class feeling like bozos and he said, 'Have you ever wrote a rap before?' I said, 'No,' and he was like, 'C'mon. We gotta keep typing. So you write a rap, I'll write a rap and we'll see which one's the best.'

"Of course, mine was the best! I kept mine. It started off like, 'I'm Ice Cube / I want you to know / I'm not Run Dmc or CURTIS BLOW'. That's kinda wack but those were my first lines I ever wrote."

Now, the rapper-turned-actor has given up on typewriters, preferring instead to scribble his raps into notebooks.

He adds, "I've got stacks and stacks of notebooks. I told my kids, 'If something happens to me, this is money here.' So I keep all kinds of archives. When I die it's gonna be like KING TUT when they start pulling stuff outta my garage."

22/04/2005 02:30