Ice Cube Blasts Modern Rap

ImageVeteran rapper Ice Cube has slammed the state of contemporary hip-hop, insisting most performers are only interested in the "bling" lifestyle.

The 37-year-old wishes more rappers would embrace political issues instead of material gain.

He says, "Political rap has been pushed into the background, and rap has turned into bling party music.

"Groups like Public Enemy and Krs-One have no stage any more.

"I've been doing this 20 years - but rap is full of bravado now, and nobody wants to listen."

Willis Seeks Help For Panic Attacks

Former Busted singer Matt Willis has been visiting a counsellor to try and combat the panic attacks he has suffered since launching his solo career.

The British star admits he has been feeling the pressure since heading out on his own.

He says, "I get a bit dark sometimes. I get panic attacks and feel stressed about everything. I don't handle stress well, I can't concentrate.

"I feel very nervous and intimidated all the time. Everyone says I'm a cocky so-and-so but it's not until I'm onstage I can be everything I've ever wanted to be.

"I have a counsellor who I see when I get a bit stressed and need to chat. I'll ring him up and he'll tell me to go and see him."

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