West Coast rap veteran Ice Cube has revealed his intent to work with former N.W.A. labelmate Dr. Dre on his upcoming I Am The West album and said he has already chosen a lead single.
According to Cube, the album’s first official cut is called “I Rep That West.”
“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)
He recently announced plans to drop another album via a blog posting.
“I AM THE WEST…is the name of my new record. After completing about 65% of my music, this is the perfect title. This sh*t is cocky, no apologies, West Coast gangsta shit. I can’t help it. That’s what I do. June seems too tight for a release, but July is very doable. We’ll see how things go. Now that I have my title, I can work on the concept of my photoshoot and artwork. I want to provide…” (Ice Cube’s Blog)
The project marks Cube’s latest since 2008’s Raw Footage.
Three years later he revived his barely used Lench Mobb label for his solo comeback album, Laugh Now, Cry Later. In the Movies, a compilation of soundtrack cuts, was put together for a 2007 release. A year later he returned with Raw Footage, an album filled with Cube’s observations on politics along with the single “I Got My Locs On” featuring special guest Young Jeezy. (All Music)
Aside from the album, Cube is headlining the upcoming Paid Dues Festival this spring.
Paid Dues 2010: Ice Cube, Murs & 9th Wonder, Tech N9ne & Raekwon, Tha Dogg Pound, Jay Electronica, Dilated Peoples, Psycho Realm & Necro, People Under The Stairs, Freeway & Jake One, Random Axe, R.A. The Rugged Man, Strong Arm Steady and more. (Guerilla Union)
I Am The West is scheduled to drop June 2010.
Check out a recent Ice Cube performance below: