I AM THE WEST (part 2)

Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 8:10 AM By: Ice Cube

I knew, as soon as I named my record, I AM THE WEST… Suckas would come out the wood work and have something to say about it. First of all, it’s true. I am the west. I have a few O/G’s in hip-hop that I show respect to for help starting the West Coast movement. Like Ice-T, Dr. Dre, King Tee, DJ Pooh, DJ Quik, Too Short, MC Eiht and everybody from NWA of course. But the rest of these MC’s out here are some how some way just branches on the NWA tree. So basically, if you didn’t have a record out before 1986…you probably can’t tell me shit.
Anyway, back to the business at hand. The first single off the record is called, “I Rep That West”. It’s a fuckin’ banger. 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 fuck wit me lyrically or physically. They all talks shit from a distance cause they know, I may do comedies but I ain’t no joke.
I wanna take time and thank all the Westsider Riders who’ve been hitting me up with love in your messages. You fuel my fire and desire to never retire. I look forward to hearing from everybody who’s truly down. It’s been a few days since my last blog. A lot of things have been going down. I skipped both of those movie premieres. I can‘t deal with this Hollywood shit sometimes…too fake. But my daughter’s sweet 16 party was dope. Crazy Toones took them youngsters back to the 80’s. She loved it. I had to coach my son’s basketball team’s playoff game. His coach had to go out of town. It’s hard to get 9 year olds to understand the triangle offense. So the outcome was not a W. My son had a good game so I was proud of him anyway. I went to the Lakers vs. Nuggets. Ron Artest finally earned his money by shutting down Carmelo. Even though the Nuggets had help from the refs. They still got their asses kicked. Kobe is the real King not LeBron.
Today, I flew to Oakland to interview Al Davis for my 30 for 30 ESPN documentary. It was a very good interview. He’s a G. One on one with the hardest owner in sports. I respect Al, he does it his way. At some point, I will post my whole interview with him on my site.
As you know I’m starting to use my twitter account. Don’t look to hear from me until I got something interesting to say. Updates about what’s going on with the music or the movies. Too much chatter is nerve racking. 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. It’s only room for one star on this record. But I might make room. It has to be organic. I don’t do collabos just to do them. That’s record company shit.
New Westside Connection? Nothing planned. But just for the record. I own the rights. I put Mack-10 in the Connect gang, he didn’t put me in. That’s my shit.
Is Eazy’s wife dropping 60 unreleased songs from him? I don’t know. I’ll ask around.
Mid-West tour? Working on a promotional tour that’ll take me to the Mid-West.
Mixtape? I’m working on a mixtape with Crazy Toones for my sons OMG & Doughboy. They spit fire. Look for them on the home page of the site in a few days.
I’ll never be on Cribs.
Haven’t talked to Threat in 14 years. Don’t know where he’s at.
No beats by Terrence Martin on this record.
I heard Jerry Heller was teaching classes at USC & UCLA. He knows nothing about hip-hop.
Any advice to young actors? Make friends with a good casting agent. They’ll get you work.
Shot outs to: Dublin, Hawaii, Cleveland, Ottawa, Poland and Germany
P.S. Keep West Ridin’ and bumpin’ that gangsta ish. Oh yeah, I can help anyone with advice on anything, but don’t ask for money. It’s not happening.
Keep the poems and advice coming. We fam…
Keep it gangsta!
Cube
I AM THE WEST… it’s coming.

  1. kadkins avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM, kadkins said:

    Ice Cube,
    You have come a long way from back in the day with rape. I was just watching Boyz N The Hood and realized that there has not been a movie like that since. Its time for a Boyz N the Hood part II or something like Menz N the Hood. Maybe a action movie about you and your boyz, (Ganster rappers) from back in the day and where you at now. At least something that's real and have a true meaning about true black brothas.
    You are a hell of a actor when it's comes to being real about the hood, the block or the ghetto. Just a thought, keep it real.
    Kent

  2. Lmareeb avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:59 PM, Lmareeb said:

    My thoughts on the modern day rapper:

    "...the highest paid slaves in the master's whore league/seein' all those f**ckin' numbers and still don't know what the score be..." - Lmareeb

  3. Lmareeb avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:55 PM, Lmareeb said:

    Collabs I would like to see on the new Cube record:

    1. MC Eiht
    2. The Game
    3. Too Short
    4. E40
    5. Nate Dogg

    Non-West Coast Collabos:

    1. Dead Prez
    2. Mos Def
    3. Talib Kweli
    4. Styles P
    5. Jadakiss

    Cube,

    What do you think about sistas in hip-hop? What would be your advice to a female emcee wanting to put out a political/socially conscious yet hard hip-hop album?

    -Lmareeb

  4. mav72 avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM, mav72 said:

    Well, it seems that them dudes came at you sideways first… People say the West should be united but I say that these “cancers” need to be removed. As a pioneer, you did your sh*t on straight talent without any support from other rappers… These newer rapers need to respect that and STFU. It’s good though that you’ve decide to give em’ your support by dissing them. I hope it’s on a personal level too where it hurts, no Vaseline style… That’ll give them a buzz... lol.. None of the fools in question stood out in my mind anyways, some average leftovers...

  5. JeremyGroth avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM, JeremyGroth said:

    Fuck yeah political on a dre would be so westcoast. the new single sort of sounds like its gonna be a song like do your thang.
    thanks for the blogs cube love that shit.

  6. EDUB avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM, EDUB said:

    CUBE, THAT'S WEST UP, FUCK'EM ALL,THE ONLY REASON MUTHAFUCKERS HATE IS B/C THEY DONT UNDERSTAND U, OR WHAT U ARE ABOUT,BUT I KNOW YOUR GONA KEEP IT GANGSTA,AND OFCOURSE YOU ARE THE WEST,ALWAYS HAVE,AND ALWAYS WILL BE,LIKE I TOLD YOU CUBE,YOUR LIKE A PREACHER,PASTOR,REVEREND,LIKE YOU SAID,(YOU GOT LYRICS THAT WAKEUP SPIRITS)YOU ARE A BLESSING,AND I HOPE AN PRAY GOD KEEPS YOU SAFE FROM THA HATERS!!

  7. Phaedrus avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM, Phaedrus said:

    Oh snap. The anticipation for this new record is growing exponentially every day. I cannot fuckin' wait to hear this shit. There's no better feeling than going to the record store on a Tuesday and supporting your favorite artist-Ice M.F. Cube. Great news that us street knowledge/political heads will not be disappointed with the social commentary on the new album. After all, no Cube record is complete without that food for thought.

    No Country For Young Men?? Is it true, Cube? I know Glasses Malone and Crooked I have been tweeting/conversing about you recently. There's a 16 second clip of the track out there. "I'm a kill one of you young punks...with this old school flow."

    Care to share any more info about the record and who's producing on it or are you keeping that a secret for now?

    Anyways, peace and respect, my man. Don't ever put the mic down. I feel like you got some of your best work ahead of you.

    P.S. Yo, are down with the 9/11 Truth Movement?? I know you know the official story is a muthafuckin' joke. Speak on it. Peace!!

  8. dominator avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM, dominator said:

    appreciate the blogs, big homie. ''I AM THE WEST'' is copped on release day. show these rap dudes how to put together an ''album'', not just one or two singles surrounded by a bunch of bullshit. for what it's worth, you already got two albums on my top 5 greatest of all-time. stay healthy and hungry, Cube.

  9. Wessel k avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:26 PM, Wessel k said:

    you're the realest around. giving so much love to your fans is a good thing. i appreciate it very much!!
    we'll keep supporting you !
    thanks

  10. Wessel k avatar

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 3:18 PM, Wessel k said:

    nice blog ice cube. can't wait for the album, it's gonna put the west on a good spot again!
    we need rappers like you to keep the music industry alive
    to me it doesn't matter about what or how you rap as long as you keep it gangsta
    thank you cube

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