Ice Cube recently expressed his delight over J. Cole’s shoutout to him on Drake’s track, ‘For All The Dogs.’ In the song’s lyrics, Cole raps, “Still in this b***h gettin’ bigger, they waitin’ on the kid to come drop like a father to be/ Love when they argue the hardest MC/ Is it K-Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me?/ We the big three like we started a league, but right now, I feel like Muhammad Ali.”
This lyrical nod from J. Cole refers to The Big 3 league, a 3-on-3 professional basketball league established by Ice Cube himself. To show his appreciation for the mention, Ice Cube took to Twitter on October 6th, thanking J. Cole with the following tweet: “Shoutout to @JColeNC for mentioning @thebig3 on his new song with @Drake called “First Person Shooter”. Thanks for the love 💯👊🏽.”
Ice Cube’s heartfelt response reflects the warm reception he received upon discovering the reference to his basketball league in J. Cole’s lyrics.