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DeRay Davis Talks ‘Hip Hop Squares,’ Boss Ice Cube, And Living With Kevin Hart

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DeRay Davis On ‘Hip Hop Squares,’ Ice Cube… by Uinterview

Hip Hop Squares was originally conceived and produced in 2012 as a licensed format of classic show Hollywood Squares. VH1 produced this new version with Ice Cube and with Davis as the host. “The major difference is it’s a lot wilder, I like to say,” explained Davis on how this show differs from the original. “It’s just amplified… It’s like if you took all of Hollywood Squares and put them in a rap video. Everyone is animated, everyone is there for the party of the show.”

The show has yet to air, and will be broadcast on VH1 on March 13, but Davis shared one of the best moments caught on film thus far. “I don’t know if I’m giving away too much of it, but Michael Blackson has on that same outfit [as Teyna Taylor in the “Fade” video with Kanye West], I’ll leave it at that.”

“I’m sticking with T-Pain,” he said when asked who the best contestant has been so far. “T-Pain and Young Jock have been by far a couple of favorites, ’cause they are themselves all day.”

Speaking about Ice Cube being an executive producer on the show, Davis says “he does not let anything slip between his fingers.” Davis says the show owes its major launch to Ice Cube. “Yeah, he’ll say, ‘DeRay, be funnier. Do it again, but this time be funny.’”

Davis also spoke about being roommates with Kevin Hart. “He slept on my couch, he was my roommate for about seven months, then he got really rich… It was amazing, he didn’t take up much space.”

Check out the trailer for Hip Hop Squares below, and be sure to tune in to VH1 on March 13 for the premiere.

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