Ice Cube Announces Ninth Album, Aims to Resurrect West Coast

Ice Cube

The West Coast is officially back. If the forthcoming release of Snoop Dogg’s More Malice and Game’s R.E.D. Album weren’t enough, now L.A.’s own Ice Cube is returning to the scene with his ninth studio album.

The rapper-turned-actor has announced the title, I Am the West, and tentative release date for his first musical project since 2008′s Raw Footage. In a blog entry dated Wednesday (Feb. 24), Cube also laments about the current state of radio and thanks the West Coast MCs who have kept the genre alive.

I AM THE WEST…is the name of my new record. After completing about 65% of my music, this is the perfect title. This shit 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 early merch before the drop date.

For 7 or 8 years now the West Coast has been trying to do music that appeals to the South and Mid-West. The words, “too West Coast” would be heard throughout the industry whenever our music was played. Even by our own dj’s. Left coast MC’s were now trying to change their sound to cater to all the followers. We lost our way. Thank God for b-boys like Snoop, The Game & WC for keeping the West alive, but we were all guilty of over reaching. No more. At least not from me. I do it how I feel it; not how I think it should be done. Radio fucked us up. I hate the politics at radio. I don’t know who to pay to get my shit played. Having a hot song is not enough. Ridiculous.

I AM THE WEST. It’s coming….

Keep It Gangsta
Ice Cube

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10 Comments

  1. kapiamba

    i cant wait,i know cube will do it the west side’s way.

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  2. Rick

    He needs to stop rapping imo, he is too old leave it to the younger artist’s!

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  3. Pinoy

    HIP HOP NEEDS THE WEST COAST!!!!!

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  4. d.A.N

    most of younger artists cant sing cant rap, better get back where we from, go on ICE

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  5. Lil CiCi

    @ rick nobody is never too old to do continue to do something that they love. hell we need the real rappers who paved the way for hip-hop. like snoop, cube, nas, jay, cuz these new jokers like soulja boy and the rest of these little gimmicky ass rappers ain’t doin shit.

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  6. jtm

    @lil cici snoop is not real hip hop he just does it for the money. i mean he did a song with soulija boy.

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  7. Lil CiCi

    @ jtm so fuckin what if he did a song with soulja boy? hell soulja boy ain’t gonna last long anyway. snoop has been hip-hop since the early 90′s. dre, cube and the rest of them other rappers who have been doin it for 10 years.

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  8. rick west

    soulja boy,lil wayne cant rap
    ice cube the best plus is white boy

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  9. monochrome

    I wanna hear his old take-no-prisoners machine-gun type lyrical flow over wall-of-noize Bomb Squad type beats again rather than funked-up flowz and beats, take it back Ice, be the leader that you are not the follower that you became, thats what the Hedz wanna hear, more political and conceptual too, we know youre one of the true poetic geniuses of rap, dont dumb yer shit down, be true 2 tha game

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  10. dave

    ice cube legend big time he deserve his place to be the grandfather of gangstarap

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