You can tell there is caution in Ice Cube's voice.
"We got to 8-8 last year. I'm hoping for 9-7 this year. [Pause, pause, pause.] Maybe 10-6. OK, that's a dream. [Pause, pause.] Now 9-7 is [pause] doable."
With the Raiders opening Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, Ice Cube -- who has dubbed himself "The President of the Raider Nation" -- will be there rooting on his team.
"The regime has changed. It's a merry-go-round once again," Ice Cube said. "We'll see. Once again, it's a work in progress."
Ice Cube will perform his Raiders anthem, "Come and Get Some," as part of the Pepsi NFL anthem project, at Oakland Coliseum.
"To be honest with you, when I started with N.W.A, I thought I'd be strictly underground forever," Ice Cube said. "But it's been cool. I've been in this music game for more than 20 years, and I get to hang with the contemporary artists and do stuff like this."
And Ice Cube was happy he recently got a chance to meet one of his idols, Tim Brown, who played 15 years for his Raiders.
"I've been watching him since he was at Notre Dame," Ice Cube said. "I was so excited to meet him. We got a little one-on-one time."
Brown was glad to see Ice Cube also.
"It was an absolute delight for us when he and his friends would come to the games and hang out on the sidelines," Brown said. "Those guys in other fields, sometimes, we didn't realize they even paid attention to us athletes. But it's great finding out they are fans."
That's because Ice Cube couldn't fulfill his dream of playing the game.
"This is how I get my release, by being a fan. I look up at these athletes. These are my heroes," Ice Cube said. "I had these dreams of playing myself. But when you get on the field and hear how hard they hit, I'm glad I'm not playing."