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One of the most recognizable members of Raider Nation is hoping his team can deliver a championship to Oakland before skipping town.

Discussing the looming move to Las Vegas in an appearance on “First Take,” hip hop legend Ice Cube explained that the Raiders need to leave their passionate fan base in the Bay Area with a parting gift.

“I think the Raiders owe Oakland a Super Bowl championship before they leave,” he said, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “So that’s why, I think, people are going to support them.”

A native of Los Angeles, Ice Cube has long been in favor of the Raiders returning to his hometown, where they played 13 seasons from 1982-1994.

He was disappointed that such a move didn’t work out last year, with the NFL officially giving the Rams and Chargers the green light to share a stadium in Inglewood, but feels bad that Oakland will be losing its team for a second time.

“I was sad they wasn’t coming to L.A.,” Ice Cube said. “But I feel sad for Oakland, straight up. I think the NFL makes so much money. They have enough money to build a stadium here. What are they doing? Why they have these teams uprooting and leaving?”

With a talented young roster led by Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, and a hometown hero in Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to join the efforts, the Raiders are certainly in a position to challenge for a title before making the move in 2020.

Building upon the success of last season and going on a deep playoff run would also go a long way toward easing any tension created by the awkward situation of the team sticking around until a new stadium is built in Las Vegas.

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