Ice Cube, The Pearl Theater, 6:51 PM Wednesday by JOSH PELTA-HELLER

PHAWKER: From your music with NWA to your solo music to your heavier movies with a message like “Three Kings,” you’ve obviously always had a mind to tell stories with social commentary. Could you speak to the contrast between telling those stories the way you chose to vs. the much lighter movies you tend to do now?

ICE CUBE: Well you know wit my records, you know, I speak on the ills of the community, you know I have no filter whatsoever, I wanna talk about the real. But wit my movies, I want people to enjoy it and have a good time. Because, you know, most of my fans live through it. They live through the stuff I talk about on the records. So when they go to the movies, and they spend over a hundred dollars or whatever to take they family, they wanna enjoy theyself. They don’t wanna be hit over the head with the same messages that they already get when they walk out they front door. So, you know I choose to use my movies to make people feel good, and make people happy. My music is to make people aware.

REPORTER: What’s your favorite thing about Philly?

ICE CUBE: “The people — they know what they like, they know what they don’t like. You don’t come wit it, you gone get booed.”