I AM THE WEST

Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:07 AM By: Ice Cube

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

  1. stillrep808dfa avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:18 AM, stillrep808dfa said:

    love the title! i just wanna say ive been a fan since i was 7....i remember begging my mom to go to tower records just so i can buy the friday soundtrack tape...haha good memories! i love the blog n thank you for posting and keeping in touch with us fans!!!! all the way from the 808state....DONT FORGET TO DO A SHOW HERE IN HAWAII!!!!

  2. dominator avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 9:21 PM, dominator said:

    man, i didn't even know there was a new ice cube site. this shit is dope. even doper is the fact that ice cube himself is actually blogging on it.
    needless to say, when i found out about a new cube album dropping this summer, my eyes lit up like a kid on xmas. i'm glad that you haven't put the mic down, cube. dudes like scarface, nas, and you are the reason i still believe that hip-hop is a powerful tool when done correctly.
    i also have to salute you for being a real nigga when you came to cleveland on the ''laugh now, cry later'' tour. gotta picture with you that my mom took from me. lol!! i'll upload it to my avatar when i get a chance.
    anyway, like i said, the site is heat and thank you once again for still caring enough about hip-hop to want to contribute to it. as long as you make albums, i'll BUY them. peace.

  3. Rakim avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 5:00 PM, Rakim said:

    I was born in 1986, I never saw in person the NWA, AmeriKKA, Death Certificate or Predator days, but I don't listen to any new music these days other than that old school stuff. That's how badly the music industry has declined, how badly Hip Hop has fallen off.

    I've got no problems with artists making songs to be heard on the radio, but when they genuinely change themselves to be heard on the radio, that's wack. I mean look at someone like Jadakiss, his lyrical game and flow could have made in Hip Hop's best days, but no today. So what does he do? He feels to sell, he has to change his style, which is what he did. He sold well too, but his album was poor...it just wasn't Jadakiss. That's such a shame, because Hip Hop heads missed out on 15 potentially great songs. That's what artists feel like they HAVE to do though to feed their family.

    Cube, if you read this, I plead for you not to have too many features, any album that has more than 4-5 features overdoes it. Look at Jay-Z's BPIII, the media liked it because it was so commerical, but that album was dogs wor, but that's Jay-Z, and I'm not a hater so I'll leave this alone.

    I hope Cube you can include one or two non West Coast artists as well. Everyone would kill to hear you and Nas on a song, I mean who wouldn't want to hear the King of the East with the King of the West, and Nas speaks almost the same way you do in relation to your blog. It's almost identical. I hope you include Crooked I as well, he's the most underrated artist in Hip Hop let alone the West, and he's been very respectful towards yourself and NWA.

    Also another thing, because I was never a fan of his music until lately, there's the great white American hope, Eminem. Coming up in southside Queens, I never connected with Eminem's music. However, seeing his performance in the game last year, he almost brought back real Hip Hop on his back, he carried an album without any radio singles because he didn't care and he destroyed artists that challenged him, that is the Lil Wayne's, Kanye's and Drake's. Cube, you gotta do something with Dre and Eminem. I don't want to die without ever not hearing a track with you and Eminem. A Dre beat, heck even a plain beat with Ice Cube and Eminem saliva like delivery? Heaven.

  4. TroUblE avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM, TroUblE said:

    It's great! I would hear Ice Cube's music like "Death Certificate" and "The Predator", i hope you will surprise me in July! I love u Cube and yours all fuckin songs!

    Peace, Carlo

  5. Domjell avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 3:28 PM, Domjell said:

    Been down since Dopeman! And loved the last two albums, in fact I would like to use Hood Mentality for an informational podcast geared toward the lost youth. Powerful song, just need permission, how can I contact your staff?
    Will the new record be a concept like Death Certificate and Raw Footage? You're a lyrical documenter, Michael Moore be damn!

    Peace.
    Domjell

  6. shon2775 avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:32 PM, shon2775 said:

    Yeah that tight cube and i feel u on the radio and the politics in the rap game if i wasnt a fan of gangster rap from the start and of west coast music out here in Detroit i would never here shit so im glad you keeping it gangster and not following the south but them lil john gangster beats and you r a good macth i hope u fuck snoop and the game on the album cus yall r the west and dpg also will dj quick and terrence martin b doing any tracks? yall all r the west where can i get kill at will from remasterd and whats up with k dee he still around

  7. OGezzy avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM, OGezzy said:

    GOOD SHIT CUBE! man, I wish I could bless that artwork homie, Ask Crazy Toones about me Cube, tell him Omar wants in, just like you expressed your unhappiness with them suite and tie MF's at the radio station I'm on the same boat Cube, trying to do artwork for unsigned artist just don't help much but I do it, I ain't no big time art house but I got skillz, Ask Toones he know's what up yo! Anyways good to hear we'll have some ICE CUBE to bump by the summer time, By the way you prolly don't remember but we met in Maui a few years ago at the Airport going back to Cali, it's the Ese homie!
    BTW I loved the song you did about us Brown's and Black getting together peacefully!
    ONE!
    -Omar.

  8. IceCube4Ever avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM, IceCube4Ever said:

    Thats cool title,
    is the game making any song with you?

  9. JankySupreme avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM, JankySupreme said:

    I like the tittle too!
    By the way, a song with Snoop, Game and Wc should be called " WE DA WEST!" ;]

  10. JeremyGroth avatar

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:32 AM, JeremyGroth said:

    Seems like a good choice for the title.
    There's a song right there with you, Snoop, Game & WC called I Am The West, would be a dope song.
    Thanks for the blogs cube, there always a great read.
    cant wait for "I Am The West"!

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