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Ice Cube, Chili Peppers Funk Up the Top 10 Program

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Who would have thought back in 1985, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers were working with George Clinton, that 21 years later their brand of whiteboy funk would be some of the most reliably popular middle-of-the-road music for the masses? Not only do you hear "Californication" in the dentist's office, bank, and elevator, but it actually sounds good in those places.

George Carlin jokes that humans' sole purpose on Earth was probably to do something that nature couldn't do on its own: make plastic.

How bizarre to think that the Chili Peppers, with the exception of "Give It Away", may have been put here to give us ballads and chill-out jams.

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Stadium Arcadium debuted at #1 last month and currently sits firmly at #6 on the Billboard 200.

Ice Cube debuted this week at #4 with his latest solo Laugh Now, Cry Later on his own label, Lench Mob. And nobody would have said back in '89 that Ice Cube would be a movie star, label owner, and debuting in the Top 5 in 2006.

The new cd is exactly what you'd expect from the LA native -- stark, raw, pissed-off and solid rhymes delivered stronger and better than any one else. Listen to four of the tracks in their entirety on Myspace.

Ice Cube, Kanye West, LL Cool J, E-40, Pitbull, and Chamillionaire appear at the Anaheim Pond this Saturday 6/24 at Powerhouse 2006.