Rap veteran Ice Cube has announced his return to the recording studio with the upcoming release of his next solo album, I Am The West.
Writing via a blog posting, Cube broke the news of his return to hip-hop.
“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)
The event is scheduled to take place this April.
Hosted by radio personality Angela Yee, DJ Wonder, and others the Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival will take place in San Bernadino, California on April 3, 2010. Presented by Guerilla Union and Murs 3:16, the Paid Dues festival is one of the biggest festivals showcasing independent Hip Hop. (Hip Hop DX)
Check out a recent Ice Cube performance below: