News: Ice Cube Packs Heat On "I Am The West" LP, Album Cover Art Revealed

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 11:40AM

Written by Rosario Harper

The cover art for Ice Cube's upcoming I Am The West album has been released online and shows the rapper sitting on a rocking chair with a shot gun.

The album cover and current release date debuted on the Internet today (April 22).

Ice Cube -- I Am The West (Album Cover). April 22nd, 2010 by Navjosh My apology for the low quality. At least I could give you an idea what it's like. It's not tagged doesn't mean you can jack. July 13th is the date. Update: High quality up. You know how I do. (Hip Hop N More)

Cube recently talked about his album's content on songs like "Man Vs. Machine" and "Hood Robbin."

"['Man Vs. Machine'] is talking about our obsessions with machinery and how it's taking over," he said in an interview. "Automation is taking over human beings in all our relevancy in this world. Pretty soon, machines are gonna take over and that's just real...['Hood Robbin'] is talking about how big corporations is now stealing from the poor and giving to the rich. It's a whole thing about the things we're going up against with housing and medical insurance ... just everything people are going through. Real sh** that ain't got nothing to do with money, cars, [and] all the sh** most rappers talk about." (BallerStatus)

Last week, Cube denied reports that his "Don't Drink The Kool-Aid" song was a diss toward Dr. Dre.

"He asked me did I diss him during the Paid Dues Show last Saturday. I did one of my new songs called "Drink The Kool-Aid" which got everybody thinking I'm dissing the whole industry...lol "You internet roaches..." I told Dre that I'd never diss the man that got me started. Here are the lyric to Drink The Kool-Aid for everybody who understand style and grace in hip-hop...check the lyrics...No disses. Just style and grace." (Ice Cube's Blog)

Cube's wordplay initially caught the media's attention and sparked speculation.

A rap beef nobody wants to see again: Ice Cube vs. Dr. Dre. It was exciting in the AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and N---az4Lifedays, but the two legends are going at it again? That's what some fans thought when footage of Ice Cube performing at the Paid Dues Tour hit cyberspace a few days ago. Cube rapped the lines, "I ain't the doctor/ This ain't the patient/ This ain't that n---a always on vacation/ This ain't no white boy's rehabilitation/ This is crazier then a boatful of Haitians. (MTV)

I Am The West is scheduled to drop Tuesday, July 13th.

Check out recent Ice Cube footage down below:

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