Ice Cube on 'Straight Outta Compton' Oscar Snub: 'It's the Oscars, They Do What They Do'

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Ice Cube performs onstage during the Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock concert during 2015 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Ice Cube kept it real during his visit to The Wendy Williams Show. After the 2016 Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday (Jan. 14), critics slammed the list for its lack of diversity. One notable snub included the record-breaking N.W.A flick Straight Outta Compton, which only landed one nomination for best original screenplay.

When Williams said she expected the film to receive more nods, Cube -- who co-produced the biopic alongside fellow N.W.A member Dr. Dre and the widow of the late Eazy-E -- simply smiled and said, "Me too."

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"I'm not pissed, I'm not surprised. It's the Oscars, they do what they do," he continued. "The people love the movie, the people supported the movie."

Straight Outta Compton racked up impressive accolades since its release last August: landing at No. 1 at the box office and raking in $200 million worldwide. "I can't be mad," the West Coast rapper added.

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Cube also discussed N.W.A's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It is nice to be recognized, but N.W.A is anti-establishment so we're used to people trying to dismiss what we gotta say, used to the industry looking down on us," he said. "We were the black sheeps of the industry and we used to it. If we didn't get nominated, that would be familiar territory." 

Watch Ice Cube discuss Suge Knight rolling up on the Straight Outta Compton set, his 23-year marriage, his forthcoming movie Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart, Iggy Azalea, the Drake-Meek Mill feud and his forthcoming Coachella gig below.

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