Ice Cube, Korn Members To Shoot Video Together

Song, from rapper's War & Peace Vol. 1, is their second collaboration.

Rapper Ice Cube and members of the hard-rock band Korn will shoot a video next month for "F**k Dying," their collaboration off Ice Cube's album War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc), according to a spokeswoman for the rapper.

Two remixes of the song -- one stressing the song's hip-hop side, the other accenting its rock element -- will be released to radio along with the album version.

"F**k Dying," (RealAudio excerpt) as it appears on War & Peace, features Ice Cube's baritone voice against a backdrop of orchestral hip-hop and rock guitars, played by Korn's Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer.

Ice Cube invited Korn to play on the track after he appeared on "Children of the Korn"(RealAudio excerpt), a song on the band's third album, Follow the Leader (1998).

"We had this track with no vocals, so it seemed perfect," said Korn bassist Reg "Fieldy" Arvizu. "Cube's a professional, man -- he's been doing it for 20 years. He came in and did his sh--, took his wife home and then he came back. He doesn't do anything half-assed."

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said that session "scared" him because Ice Cube is "the one guy in hip-hop I respect ... Him in N.W.A, and then him sitting there singing with me; I was freaking the f--- out. Like, singing with your favorite artist ever."

But Davis doesn't appear on "F**k Dying." Korn's publicist had no information at press time about which members of the group would participate in the video shoot.

While "F**k Dying" appears to have potential crossover appeal for hard-core rapper Ice Cube, a radio programmer said it could end up hurting him with urban audiences.

"I wonder if it will have any impact at all other than to solidify Cube in the crossover audience," said Tawala Sharp, assistant music editor at the Los Angeles rap station KKBT-FM. "I don't think it will do much for urban radio, except take him farther away." In the past, Ice Cube has responded to criticism that he has lost touch with his original audience by saying, "I just do what I do."

"F**k Dying" appears on the first disc of Ice Cube's planned two-CD War & Peace series. The second disc, Peace, is due in May.

Meanwhile, Ice Cube is wrapping up a film, while Korn is touring with hard-rocker Rob Zombie.

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