West Coast rapper Ice Cube has confirmed recent reports stating his new album, I Am The West, would be delayed until September.
Writing via his blog, Cube explained why I Am The West would not drop this month.
“What up fam?,” he wrote Wednesday, June 30. “As you may or may not heard, my record “I AM THE WEST” will not be released on July 13th. I’ve been working my a** off trying to get it done for you but I ran out of time. The music is right but the paperwork isn’t and since I’m working with a few new producers the contracts are taking a little longer then usual, so I missed my turn-in date. But it’s cool. We’re trying to project a date when the business will be done and we can get this bomb-a** music out to you. In the meantime, I will release a song a month until the record drops. Hopefully that will wet your whistle until street date. I apologize to everybody who had that new Cube record “taste in ya mouth”. It’ll be worth the wait.” (Ice Cube’s Blog)
Speculation on a date change developed in late June.
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.” (BallerStatus)
Last March, Cube also wrote on his blog discussing his reunion with ex-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre.
“It’s a f*ckin’ banger,” Cube wrote in a blog posting. “This one might be too West Coast for the West Coast. It’s getting mastered as we speak. You’ll be able to hear it and buy it first right here on icecube.com. We shoot the video on the 17th. I would give you guys the concept but I’mma save that and let you see it for yourself. Now I know it seems like my record is West Coast crazy…yeah it is. But I got a lot of real shit to say on this record just like I always do. So my political fans won’t be disappointed. But sometime the Big Dog gotta piss on a few trees to let these puppies know what it is. They can’t f*ck wit me lyrically or physically. They all talks sh*t from a distance cause they know, I may do comedies but I ain’t no joke…Now, I wanna answer a few questions you have for ya’ boy… Beats by Dre? Not yet. Haven’t asked him, but I will.Any collabos? Not yet.” (Ice Cube’s Blog)
Check out some recent Ice Cube footage below: