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. jdizub avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:29 PM, jdizub said:

    Cube thanks for all of your work over the years. I've been a fan every since my older brother played Dopeman for me on a mixed tape he got from his dj homie. I can't wait for another Cube album. I think u hit nail on the head about artist trying to cater to the South or Mid-West. I love it when we had our own sound and was like fuck the rest of the world if they didn't like it. Everyone who came out in the late 80's and early 90's had that attitude and that was when the music was really hot. Oh I have to say this we need a Cube, Dre, and Ren track again y'all need to make it happen.

  2. neilfy avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM, neilfy said:

    you're right, that is cocky :P but i love that title! true too, no-one's held down the west like you in recent years (except for arguably Game and WC like you said). hope it does come out in july. can't wait

  3. ICE CUBE Fan For Life avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM, ICE CUBE Fan For Life said:

    Just Wanna Say Thanks,Ice Cube,For Staying Who You Are,And Not Trying To Blend In With This New Type Of "Supposedly" Hip-Hop,I Never Thought Hip-Hop Would Turn Into What Is Today,Todays Rap Now A' Days Is About Lil Wayne,and Stupid Hip-Hop Songs That Sound Like Pop,Im Just REALLY DISSAPONTED,Hip-Hop To Me looks Like Its Dying,Hip-Hop Songs Now A' Days Just Talk About Cars,Money,Drugs,Clubbing,And A Bunch of Stupid Shit,But THANK GOD Your Still In The Rap Game,We Need (or atleast me) More Rappers Like You,That Talk About Life,And What Its Like In The Hood,Because We (or atleast me) Can Relate To It,Your The Best Rapper Alive (in my opinion),Im ALWAYS Listening To Your Music,I Cant Believe That People Actually Like Lil Wayne,He's Just Another "Supposedly" Rapper That Talks About Stupid Shit,That I Cant Even understand/Relate To,To Me He's A Discrace To Hip-hop,People Now A' Days Are Liking this New Type Of Hip-Hop That Sounds Like Pop,And Are Dressing Like Fucken Idiots,Red Skinny Jeans,Bright Colored Shirts,And Vans,Even rappers Are Wanting To Keep In Style,Thats What I Like About You Ice Cube,You Keep It Original,And Gangster,People Like Me Need Rappers Like You,Cuz We (or atleast me) Feel Like You've Been Through What We've Been Through,Or Atleast Seen What We've Seen,People Bumpin LolliPop At Partys,shiiiiiiiiit I Rather Bump BopGun,So I Hope EVERYBODY Buys Your Album (I Know I AM) And See's (Hears) What REAL Rap/Hip-Hop Is Like,Not This Stupid Ass Lil Wayne Shit,Or That Stupid Ass Flo Rida Spin My Head Right Round (I Fucken HATE That Song) Shit,Thank You Ice Cube For Keepin it Original,Gangster,And For Making Music that We Can Relate To

  4. big bubba avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM, big bubba said:

    That's what the f... I'm sayin CUBE.!!!!!!Now give us some of that 3 strikesyou in,mixed wit a lil you can't fade me.and some of that jackin for beats,wit robbin' hood!!!!!Hey too bad the 105 f.... up devil's dip!!

  5. threezo avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM, threezo said:

    "I do it how I feel it should be done, not how I think it should be done. Radio is fucked up." - That's free man talk...most people don't understand these simple complications. Much respect Cube, I'm waiting with credit card in hand homie, just as I have been the past 20 years. - ThreeZo

  6. cuujoey avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 6:27 AM, cuujoey said:

    What up Cube. Good to hear you coming back with that westcoast gangsta shit. I would like to submit artwork for consideration. My email is j.baak@ziggo.nl I hope to get back from you.

  7. #1 Irish Cube Fan avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 6:16 AM, #1 Irish Cube Fan said:

    Hell yeah i cant fucking wait,Much love from dublin ireland hope you can come back for a show in ireland agen

  8. PaulB avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 4:51 AM, PaulB said:

    I'd never thought I'd say this, but thank you for helping save hip-hop. I grew up in Australia but was into West Coast from the moment I heard Rhyme Pays by Ice-T. It was a long time before you toured Aus but even when you did it was still hard to get a hold of anything Hip-Hop worthy. A friend of mine put me onto NWA... I liked it but not as much as I liked Ice-T, Boo Yaa, Paris etc... My best friend was a huge Cube and PE fan. I have to say that I liked your music but didn't like some of your lyrics back in the day so I always rated you lower... I guess time enlightens us all. You are hip-hop, you lasted when others fell. I apologise for not truly appreciating you earlier. I have all your singles / albums - always have just cause I was a West Coast Hip-Hop fan, but now I cherish my Cube collection as opposed to just owning it for completeness sake. I'm a director at a major investment bank and I'm based in Singapore now. I order my VPs to listen to 'Gangster Rap' as it's what educated me growing up - some 'get it' others do it cause I'm the boss, as I see it, it's my responsibility to promote the movement. Financial Independence - it's a precursor to true freedom.

    Do you still keep in contact with Ice-T? Seriously as a true fan of the West Coast, it would be better than great to see you two together - trespass was not enough. You both represent the two different sides of the WC - AND you're both independent so no record label headaches...

  9. Chtimixeur avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 3:43 AM, Chtimixeur said:

    Hey Cube ! First off, let me say thanks for this blog of yours : its sounds real, and it feels good to know you're taking time to give your fans some thoughts about the music industry.

    Since you're honest with us, I'll be honest myself. I miss the old school 'Cube : don't misunderstand me, I really like LNCL and Raw Footage (especially tracks like Why We thugs, Smome Some Weed, Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It, It Takes A Nation, Tomorrow), but I do miss the funny interludes, as well as the super fast flow from Amerikkka's Most Wanted and Death Certificate.

    In a perfect world, I would love to hear more old school soul samples on your records (Stand Tall was great !). That's the main problem I have with hip hop these days : it's all about loud beats and bangers which all sound the same. You deserve better than that : after all, you're Ice Cube, you're a rap legend !

    As Nas said, Hip Hop is pretty much dead. But YOU might resurrect it with a great new record.

  10. chronicfiend avatar

    On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 12:29 AM, chronicfiend said:

    Been waiting for this, your last two albums made every other rapper look stupid, i was surprised at the prouduction in it aswell, som of them beats were fuken crazy...aslong as you dont have auotune, candy beats and rnb hooks ill be happy but knowing you, ull never fall off.....heres a question, whats up with you dre and ren...especially dre, one of teh biggest things in hip hop id liek to see is you givin dre a call and gettin a few beats or even collabs out of him, you goin solo on a modern dre track would be crack, i dont understand why not,both you always sayin how you been busy with other shit - i know that aint tru, so seriously, games in with him right now so give game a call if u hav to and get hooked up with the math...i can guarantee you, the fans would go absolute fucken crazy if that happened, i know i would....you got the best lyrics from the west, hes got the best beats, create the fucken anti christ!!

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