July 13th

Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM By: Ice Cube

Mark it on your calendar. July 13th is the date I'm droppin' my record, "I AM THE WEST." The buzz is already in the streets. The minute I named my record, producers start sending me tracks. I got music from DJ Quik, Sir Jinx, EA Ski, Bangledesh and a few unknowns that I fuck wit. I listen to beats and see if they call my name. See if a song or hook will just spill out. I stop forcing lyrics just because I got a beat from a hot producer. If nothing comes out. No song will be made, no matter who does the beat. It's an honest process.

We spent all week working on our game plan for marketing and promoting this record. If we stay on schedule we'll be alright. Being independent is beautiful because we can do things "out the box" that record companies would usually frown at. Instead of working from a ready-made cookie-cutter marketing plan, we can tailor make a marketing plan specifically for me. I hate when rappers do dumb shit trying to sell a record. "Going on Regis & Kelly is not going to sell you hip-hop records!" Wrong crowd.

Last week wasn't that hectic for ya' boy. I had to go to the Federal Building on Wilshire to renew my passport. That's always fun. I fucked around and let my old one expire (slippin') and I was happy to get my hands on a new one. My whole family got passports just in case we need to get up out this crazy mothafucka one day. You should get one too.

This week is the video and photoshoot. We've been getting our shit cocked and loaded for that. I just found out that W.C. won't be with me at the car show in Dallas on the 21st of March. Instead, I'll have my son Doughboy there. He's rocked with me before so don't worry about nothing in the big D. I also heard that Snoop is going to be on the show. That's dope. We're suppose to do a after party from what I hear. Stand by for details.

My son made the All-Star team at his park. So I'll be up in a gym cheering him on and yelling at the refs.

I got alot of questions since my last blog. I'll answer a few.

What's up with these local MC's in L.A. who keep disrespecting me? They're just mad cause I don't fuck with they wack-ass. They ain't on my level, why should I waste my time. I don't even remember ever meeting these clowns or even being in the same room with any of 'em. They can't make a name for themselves so they need help from the O/G's. I refuse the throw'em a life line. Fuck'em. It ain't my job to make nobody famous. And for the record, I ain't scared of no nigga. Especially, no rappers....seriously people.

Age-ism in rap? Age-ism is everywhere folks. In the work place, in sports and of course in hip-hop. We are a out with the OLD in with the NEW world. But as we go through life we realize NEWER ain't always better. We find ourselves saying, "Back in the day, bah, bah, bah...." All young MC's should route for old MC's to have long careers. If you play us out, what kind of future do you have in hip-hop when you get 40?

Advice for young rappers: You gotta be hot on your block first, then your city, then your state, then your country, then the world. If you can't make your block notice you. The world is a tall task.

Shows in Canada? No shows are booked yet, but as the momentum builds on the record promoters will book me. If a promoter doesn't book me in your town. I probably won't get there. Call you local promoters and put the pressure on...and I'll be coming.

No Chilly Chill beats on this record.

Me and Mack 10 together again? I never say never, but he has the kiss the ring first.

Why is WC underrated? Who knows. Skills don't mean as much as they use to. But he's a true MC. Fame is overrated.

Raiders should not get rid of JaMarcus Russell. He'll be better this year.

Any raps on Palestinians and Jews? No, but I always tell people in interviews..."How can the Bloods and Crips stop shooting each other when the Palestinians and Jews can't?"

Peace out to the Worldwide Westside in Miami, France, Edmonton, Alabama, Minneapolis (no house next to Prince), Columbus OH, Alberta, North Carolina, Portland, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Iran and Greece.

Keep it Gangsta fam,

Cube

  1. zichler1985 avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM, zichler1985 said:

    Oh and another thing.How can i met you in Germany ?
    I want to talk to you and get an autograph.

    Westside 4 life.
    Peace Sven

  2. zichler1985 avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 1:56 PM, zichler1985 said:

    I cant wait to hear it Cube.
    In your last blog you tellin you come to germany.My Question is where and when you come?
    You are the West.

    Westside 4 life
    Peace Sven

  3. IceCube4Ever avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM, IceCube4Ever said:

    I cant wait til ur cd drops :D
    I just marked it on my calendar!!!
    Love the blogs.
    Keep up the good work
    can wait to see ur music video.
    Much love and respect from florida
    Kimberly

  4. mav72 avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM, mav72 said:

    Sup Cube,
    Thanks for answering our questions, looking forward to the new album… A lot of people were getting their feelings hurt because they were on them “wack” rappers nutz and thought you were going to directly diss em’.... Anyway, I enjoy hearing you “speak on” things, same with Ice T and Chuck D when I hear them “speak.” So, keep doing it…

    MAV

  5. Quel avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM, Quel said:

    Wack 10 want 2 bite the hand that fed him. Fuck him! He cant sell a record without Cube. Cube the only reason niggaz fucked wit him.... Dont say these bustaz names on record Cube! I 4got they name already.

  6. Quel avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM, Quel said:

    Keep spittin real shit Cube.... I got 2 c u the last 2 times u was @ Chene Park in Detroit. My people run the joint. This pass summer I kept yellin, " LET DUB DO AH SONG ". I bump Dub shit all the time. I got all his solo shit 2.... U, Dub and Big Daddy Kane , my all time favorite. Keep it gangsta my nigga.

  7. shu avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM, shu said:

    Hello Cube,


    July 13th i am the west is dropped that's a good newz !!!
    You work with quik and easki it's a good choice cube u got a good feeling !!!
    About DR DRE beats u got any information for all fan in the world ?
    Are you recorded any track with dr dre or dj khalil ?

    thank you

  8. Wessel k avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM, Wessel k said:

    nice blog cube.
    i like that you keep in touch with your fans
    hope to see you in the Netherlands for promoting your new album!
    peace and love

  9. Pere avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM, Pere said:

    man i love that blog thing.. keepin your fans near yourself is what they(we) really need.. anywho.. im waitin july 13th now!

  10. Phaedrus avatar

    On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 8:27 AM, Phaedrus said:

    Yay yay!! July 13th, baby. Calendar is officially marked!!

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