Ice Cube continues to hold on strong to the top ten of this week's "Billboard" album chart, as his "War & Peace: Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)" digs in at number seven, selling some 293,000 copies in its first two weeks on store shelves.Aside from re-teaming with his former N.W.A. mates Dr. Dre and MC Ren on a new track, "Hello," and with Krayzie Bone on the first single, "Until We Rich," Ice chose to keep the guest spots to a minimum on "The Peace Disc." One of the performers Ice Cube did seek out was comedian Chris Rock, whom he asked to lay down some vocal tracks on "You Ain't Gotta Lie (To Kick It)." Rock was more than happy to return the favor, as Cube appeared on Rock's 1999 comedy album, "Bigger And Blacker." "Well, me and Chris go way back," Ice recently told MTV News about hooking up with Rock. "We're good friends. He's always been a fan of mine, and I've always been a fan
of his since... his early work. Whenever we see each other it's nothing but a cool vibe, and I saw him at a [New York] Knicks game and I told him, 'Yo, I'm down here in the studio. It'll be cool if you could jump on it.'"I had done something for his album as well. So to get him on the track was just a [great] bond, because he is the hottest comedian out there right now and funny as hell. I love his sense of reality and that his jokes are based upon reality. I love that about Chris." [RealVideo] Others who turn up on "The Peace Disc" include Mack 10, Jayo Felony, Ms. Toi, Gangsta, and Squeak Ru. Sean "Puffy" Combs also lent his production skills the cut "Gotta Be Insanity." In related news, Ice Cube has recently signed on for another film project, as he's set to co-star with Hole's Courtney Love in John Carpenter's sci-fi project, "Ghosts Of Mars" (see "Courtney Love Takes
On 'Mars,' Bassist Search"). For more on Cube, his new album, and his film projects, be sure to check out the MTV News Online feature, "Ice Cube: A Separate Peace."