Renowned producer Dr. Dre has reportedly passed on an opportunity to work with Former N.W.A partner Ice Cube for the rapper’s upcoming I Am The West album.
Writing via his blog, Cube informed fans that his former N.W.A. member would no longer be featured on the project.
“I’m almost done with my record, I AM THE WEST. I’ve been mixing songs and dealing with paperwork all week and I’m down to my last 4 songs to mix. It’s bangin’. I think we’ll end up wit about 15 songs when it’s all said and done and I’m real happy wit it. As a matter of fact, I’m in the Lench Mob Studios writing this blog right now. I’m going to Philly in the morning to promote Lottery Ticket. I get a lot of love in Philly…Go Mike Vick! Many asked about Dr. Dre working on my album. Negative, Dre has been M.I.A. for a few months now. I asked Snoop has he heard from him and he said, no. I can’t wait. I gotta turn my sh*t in by Aug. 20th to make street date…Sept 28th. I’ll keep you posted if anythang new develops.” (Ice Cube)
Despite not linking with Dre for his album, Cube recently said he would be featured on the producer’s upcoming Detox project.
“Dre is a master. What’s cool about working with Dre is he stays the same. Everyone else change and trip, but I remember working with Dre back when we just in the garage. Just the two of us. And he works the same way. Don’t come up with an empty palette, bring a lot of ideas to the plate…He’s making a great record. I’m on it. I’m proud to be, I can’t wait to get back to L.A. to get back in the studio with him. I’m trying to get a few tracks for my record I Am The West that’s coming out…” (All Hip Hop)
Recent reports showed that the follow-up to 2008’s Raw Footage was previously delayed to September 24th.
Ice Cube’s first album in two years, I Am The West will no longer be a summer release. The N.W.A. alum’s latest solo offering has appeared to have moved to September 24. The release is coming courtesy of Cube’s own Lench Mob Records, also home to his Westside Connection partner, WC. (Hip Hop DX)
He recently revealed the underlying themes behind featured songs “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.” (Baller Status)
Check out some recent Ice Cube footage down below: