“We didn’t want to do just a barbershop,” Ice Cube told Robin Roberts. “We wanted a story that’s really going on in Chicago. Anybody [who] knows what’s going on in the south side of Chicago knows that you can’t do a movie about the barbershop without talking about what’s going on right outside the barbershop and with Calvin now having a 14-year-old son that he’s trying to keep out of the streets, it was just the perfect backdrop to wrap this movie in.”
Common said the movie affects him on a personal level since the singer is originally from the Windy City.
“I feel really connected to this whole story,” Common said. “Dealing with the gun violence that’s happening in Chicago and in many cities across America, it was like this script, this story had a heart to it that I was like, ‘I need to be a part of this’ and to be able to work with Cube and Cedric and Deon Cole and Nicki Minaj and Malcolm Lee, it was like, ‘Wow this is beautiful.’”
After years of not getting along, Common and Ice Cube said they’ve buried the hatchet and have even released a new song together from the movie’s soundtrack titled “Real People.”
“It’s great because we’re showing that even if you’re having a problem with somebody, through time a little humbleness, you get through that,” Ice Cube said.
In addition to his third movie in the series, Ice Cube has more to celebrate since his hip hop group N.W.A was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“It feels great to be recognized after all these years,” Ice Cube said. “Thirty years ago or 25 years ago I would’ve never thought that the music industry wanted to remember N.W.A because of how much criticism we got, how much venom we got when we first started, but for it to come full circle and for [us] to be in the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame is one of the greatest feelings.”
“Barbershop: The Next Cut” is in theaters this Friday.