Ice Cube Readies Ninth Album, "I Am The West"

The Don Mega returns to the sound of his roots, and says it's time take back the Left, as he praises Snoop, Game & WC.

Hip Hop legend Ice Cube has revealed his upcoming album, I Am the West, via his blog.

"I AM THE WEST...is the name of my new record. After completing about 65% of my music, this is the perfect title," wrote the Compton native.

Cube indicated he'd be returning to his roots for the album, as well as giving an approximate release date. "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."

Finally, Ice Cube expressed his commitment to an authentic west coast sound, rather than pandering to other markets. "For seven or eight years now the west coast has been trying to do music that appeals to the south and midwest. The words, 'too west coast' would be heard throughout the industry whenever our music was played. Even by our own [deejays]. Left coast emcees were now trying to change their sound to cater to all the followers. We lost our way. Thank God for b-boys like Snoop [Dogg], The Game and 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."

Ice Cube's last album was 2008's Raw Footage.

84 Comments

  • thomaseno

    cube is one of the greats he paved tha way for rappers today if it wasnt for him and nwa their wouldnt be no gansta rap all tha rappers today r fake as hell they all fell into tha politics but not cube and hes tired of tha bullshit i have been a fan since he came out and the only real rappers we have now is cube,snoop,eminem,lil boosie,webbie,all of trill family,bun b,slim thug,and my list goes on but these other fake rappers jay z lil wayne drake kanye rick ross diddy they all fake as hell so before yall diss a rapper do some searching and really pay attention to their shit and what they do

  • fuck lil wayne

    at least its way more gangster than these new fuckers lil wayne and all

  • NewWestNoWest

    Cube is an important figure in hip-hop, but he is not the westcoast. The westcoast is fucked up right now because cats are gunning for 2pacs throne as king of the west. Its our fault we don't have a lot of artists. No doubt that cube should be respected, but some people gotta learn to move on. Just because you don't like mainstream hiphop doesn't mean you should play the oldies and nothing else. Don't like Lil wayne or Kanye or drake? Too bad. They are selling. A&Rs only care about money, and since you aren't letting these people know with your cash that you want some talent, Soulja boi and all these other asshole will continue to sell out and be the face of hip hop. There are some great underground westocast artists, but if all that people buy are the oldies, no progress is made and we are put into a cycle.

  • darkeclipse

    one of the true best right here!!

  • MartyMall007

    South Central Los Angeles not compton.....

  • ice cube

    yea yea yea be sure to cop my album coming soon

  • 808SHIRTS

    I have always found great music in all his albums. Try listening instead of just looking for classics. Cube, Push them albums like weight!!!

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  • fmsus

    Cube fucked Hollywood by releasing his movies and his acting. Friday 2 Barber Shop did more damage to white amerikkka than those Spike Lee Joints... We are talking bout ICE CUBE! (best writer next 2 D.O.C.) Hardest lyricist from back in the day who still can drop shit like "Gangsta rap made me do it"...he has not lost his talent or his strong facts when he raps. Plus: He just reps his coast, just like everybody else does - which is cool. HIs new album might no hit the top 10, but the underground and hardcore-fans will be bumpin that shit - so he can eat of those sales... RESPECT THE MAN.

  • six

    Im from the south and we all grew up listening to Ice Cube. For the last 7 or 8 yrs yal been tryin to do music that appeals to the south or mid west? C mon bro, back in the day we were a bunch of country bama's to yal niggas. The east and west coast shut us out and went at each others throats. So the south and mid west went independent with our own sound, and made major $. Cant wait to hear tha new album.

  • Nico 2

    He's too old to be cocky. Stick to movies Cube. That's where the money is.

    • MUZAKE

      naw age limits dont matter in music...Jigga still knows how to keep his on point...Cube is just too boring....He has to figure out a way to make music without the westside shoutouts on every track...hiphop is a movement...cube stopped moving

  • R.O.D 253

    Who hates on a Fuckin Legend? people get a life...Cube is one the all-time greats,he still keep it real...instead of bashing cube go diss these so called rappers nowadays who have no message,passion,thought, or creative input in there music whatsoever..fuck all these new catz...90's hip hop forever...Cube built this shit so stop hating...and stop using his movies against him..he has to grow..he has kids damn..he can't be doughboy forever..lol ''boyz-n-the-hood''...Fuck kangay west,drake,Lil wayne,rick ross,plies,the Lil whoevers & Young whoevers, soulja boy isn't music..Ice cube all day...stay on ya grind..he makin money shit.be happy for him..

    • DBOY

      Don't talk about what is and isn't music. you a seattle cat and you are garbage. Don't hate on a genre or rapper when you can't name 2 popular rappers in your state. STFU and kill yourself faggot

  • Comptilla

    I hope the beats don't sound like those last two albums. I wanna hear vintage west sound! Cube is still raw on tha MIC!

  • bsmoov

    I respect Cube. I really do. He paved the way for rappers getting into acting. This pains me to say but Cube needs to lay down the mic. His music career is over. No one wants to hear a 40+ cat spitting gangsta shit. It's played out. Cube needs to go behind the scenes. Produce, develop new artist, keep the west alive like that but not rapping. Its always hard for legends to retire. Cube's last dope album was Lethal Injection that was back in '95. Everything since has been wack.

    • BIGTRE

      Its funny you say that, its a shit load of cube fans who still want to hear his music, by far cube is the hardest nigga to ever pick up the mic!! And for a west coast nigga like me "keeping it gangsta" is all I know. So fuck what you thought

    • josh-wa

      I hope you're telling us the truth about this shit! I'm so sick of fuckin T-Pain type shit.... I remember the day where we were anticipating ALL west coast music to be top class. Game, Crooked I, Snoop, Cube and Dre all hold the west's future in their hands. CUBE! Are you making an appearance on DETOX????

    • OTAY

      Laugh now cry later a comeback album??? dude in order to make a comeback you have to stay in the game to consider yourself "back"...not make an album just to make a quick buck then go do movies like "are we there yet" are you kidding me? Cube will take any script he can get if you haven't noticed his latest movies... I didn't say nothin bout sales in any of my posts...but for the record..he doesn't care about sales because he can't sell like he used to... listen dude is a legend...but you are making this hype something that should have happened 10 years ago...LET IT GO OTAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY hahaha

    • WTF?

      WHAT? everything since '95 has been wack , have you actually listened the albums , ice cube said it himself : "as long as you got a tounge , your not too old to rap" , ice cube is one of the best if not the best (my opinion) lyricist , he started this gangsta shit , he wrote most of the songs for nwa , raw footage was an excellent album , the only problem is that people need to get their head out from their ass , and listen to some real shit! OTAY , you don't know wtf you talking about , ice cube doesn't care about sales , he cares about real shit , listen Why Me? , one of the best songs! all you that say cube is old to rap can suck it ! cube is a beast on the mic!

    • Cash Mo

      O GAY (DA NAME MADE FUNNY) Man laugh now cry later was a come back album maybe however it was a dope album probly one of the best 2006 albums if not the best ! And as for RAW FOOTAGE BRO THAT WAS CLOSE AS PERFECT (Suppose he could have done without the track with jeezy) His albums are always consistent and the tracks on RAW FOOTAGE HAD ALOT MESSAGE TO IT (WHY ME, TOMORROW, GANGSTA RAP MADE ME DO IT ETC) JUST BECAUSE THEY DONT GO PLAT DONT MEAN THEY NOT CLASSICS COZ THEY CLEARLY ARE! THANKS FOR READING YOUNGSTERS!

    • OTAY

      why you catching feellings? what has cube done music wise for the past decade that you can call classic?.....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................everytime he drops an album its his "comeback album"...listen ya'll need to stop talking about "back in the day"..."way back so and so did this"...its 2010 get a grip

    • For Real?

      O GAY & BSMOOV two fuckin dicks! You guys are fuckin retards you bastards dont know real HIP-HOP if it landed on your head for real? BIGGIE said it way back ''TWO DICKS AND NO BITCH FIND YOUR SELF IN SERIOUS SHIT'' Bunch of fools let guess your gav rappers DRAKE LIL WAYNE KANYE LUPE ETC WANKERS

    • OTAY

      you only feel insulted by his comment because it hurts to hear the truth sometimes...everybody is going to download this album only to find out that its not ipod worthy...

    • che

      Bsmoov cube is legend and is a better rapper than all of these rappers nowadays, dont think u kno music my friend

    • Bucks

      Definition of an ASS HOLE = BSMOOV What a comment from a DICK!

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  • Knuckz

    Yes, you are now rockin with the west. Cube is that dude. One of my all-time faves. I will be buying it. Laugh Now Is Dope and so is Raw Footage. The 2nd disc of the war & peace is the only album that I do not like much.

  • dirtdawg

    I generally don't like vets talking about taking it back to the/their roots. Raw footage was also labeled "back to my roots". Rakim talks about taking Hip Hop back and so do many others. Don't get me wrong, I AM a 80's Kid and was a teen during the golden age and cheris these guys. But instead of claiming anything...just do your thing and don't give a damn about naming it so the young guns will understand. You didn't give a damn in the golden age and just rapped-so please stick to that and don't follow the trend of "my shit is soandso" Besides, everybody should have read "Rakim told me" by now...

  • deesure

    i can't wait i like cube.

  • Drucifer1983

    Cube still makes quality music, quit hatin on his movie hustle, if anything its more of a reason to respect him, he found a way to make big money in the Acting world while keeping his music true to himself at the same time......Thats an amazing amount of reach, when You can drop a Disney movie like "Are we done yet" and a song like "Gangsta rap made me do it" back to back.....

  • N E R D

    HE FORGOT ABOUT CROOKED I, HES BEEN HOLDIN THE WEST DOWN SLAUGHTERHOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • George Orwell

      Y'all kill me wit dat crooked i crap. He ain't hot no where other than Cali. No one aint forget him, he just don't belong in the conversation.

  • yeayea

    if u didn't feel raw footage u prolly take it in the ass cuz that album was fire and i cant 9th dope ass album outta cube

  • eaze

    hell yeah good news im definitely gonna wait for this one

  • bios

    raw footage was good but Cube needs to update his flow a little imo. glad he isn't 'acting' as much now though. you guys see XXX2? hahaha. that was failure from the word go. no tubby secret agents.

  • rock lee

    TO ANY OF YOU CATS WHO HAVE POSTED IN FAVOR OF CUBE - THANK YOU. THAT LETS ME KNOW PEOPLE ARE STILL LISTENING TO WHAT IS BEING SAID BY THE EMCEE. IT MEANS ALOT TO ME IN THAT, I MAKE MY MUSIC IN THE SAME VEIN. BEING BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH SACRAMENTO, I WAS RAISED ON CUBE..AND 40 AND QUICK AND SO ON. BUT I NEVER TURNED A DEF EAR ON ANYTHING THAT WAS HOT OR SPOKE TO ME ON A DEEPER LEVEL. CUBE IF NOTHING ELSE, IS CONSISTENT. CONSISTENTLY RELEASING GREAT MATERIAL. I FEEL CUBE DOESN'T GET THE RESPECT HE DESERVES AS A PIONEER. CUBE, FACE MOB, KOOL G RAP... THATS REAL GANGSTA MUSIC. THE FOUNDATION OF HIP HOP MAY LIE IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH BRONX, BUT THE PUSH AND DEMAND TO BE HEARD CAME FROM THE GANGSTAZ. NOT JUST THE WEST COAST GANGSTAZ, BUT REAL DUDES PERIOD. IF ANY OF YOU EVER HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE QUALITY OF HIS MUSIC AS IT RELATES TO FANS OF HIS MUSIC, JUST CHECK LAUGH NOW CRY LATER...NOT A MAJOR RELEASE, BUT IT SURE SOLD OVER 500 THOU.....DEF JAM CAN'T SELL THAT WITH 3 ARTISTS COMBINED...

    • dl

      Stop it with the caps.

    • ROCK LEE

      HA, YOU ARE PROBABLY TOO YOUNG TO KNOW HOW YOUR OWN DICK WORKS, WHICH MEANS YOU DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT GOOD MUSIC. I WOULD CALL YOU LIKE YOU ARE... A FUCK ASS STAN, BUT I THINK I'LL JUST SETTLE FOR IGNORANT... IT'S CLEAR YOU'VE NEVER WON A SPELLING BEE...LMMFAO. D FLOW HUH? RIGHT, WORD. READ ALL THE COMMENTS BELOW SWEETIE! MUTHAFUCKAS ROCK WITH CUBE. I GUESS IDIOTS LIKE MISERY, LOVE COMPANY. D FLOW - FAIL

  • Humboldt Slim

    First of all...Cube is one of the reasons WE ALL have rap today and it is as strong as it is worldwide! So before anything else, RESPECT ICE CUBE (as well as Scarface, 2Live Crew, E-40, etc) and be thankful! Cube is one of the few that keeps that shit real as can be on every record while half of you are some band-wagon-dick-riders that just go with whatever MTV tells you to. Just remember that gangsta rap is the reason that other genres can even be heard...not vice versa. While you may think that softcore hip hop is what holds the culture together (Mos Def, Jay Z, The Roots), it's really gangsta rap that demands the respect and sparks outsider interest in the culture! PS--Raw Footage was still probably better than your favorite rapper's best album when it comes to content that needs to be heard OR that shit that will spark a revolutionary change...meanwhile you're probably arguing over who's the best lyricist that can ride a beat! Holla at me when the Ice Cube/Killer Mike album drops! Chuuch

  • ruthless

    you see that bullshit niggas be talkin about the movie shit, yall can lick balls with that shit, movies are his side hustle. plus he is one of the only rappers that can REALLY pull a crowd into theater seats. his last 2 albums were really good quality stuff, on par with any major funded album, it blew my mind that he ain't sell much.

  • Norway G

    cool, looking forward to this

  • OTAY

    Cube WAS dope...how do you go from gangster rapper to making disney movies? and then trying to drop a gangster album after?...He should just leave it alone and stop trying to juggle an acting / music career...

    • OTAY

      you tryin to clown on my blogger name? really?...so you walk around askin everybody to call you "the eyez"?....you are borderline retarded you probably have the DVD series for "Are we there yet" Ice Cube failed to keep himself relevant...that's my point...its only you old heads that are holding onto that NWA and think that its going to be the same vibe today and take over the game...when the album drops...you'll understand what I mean... I give cube Boyz in the Hood and Friday...other than that...he's a clown

    • dru

      Why do people compare his acting to his rapping like they have anything in common?? In rap, being a good artist means staying true to your roots and not selling out by changing your style. In acting, being a good actor means being able to branch out and play a variety of roles. If he only played gangsta-type roles he would be considered a crappy actor. That's why he's one of the only few actor/rappers with actual credibility. For christ's sake, its called "acting" for a reason. Secondly, you don't actually believe these rappers are actually gangsters, do you? I can guarantee you not a single rapper out there is as hard as they claim to be on a record. They put on a hardcore persona and embellish details to entertain you and tell you a story. Nas doesn't have a criminal background like Escobar, 2Pac wasn't a thug until after he got famous, and Jay-Z may have been a street hustler, but then again so was that hippie kid in my high school who was never popular. Forget what movie roles Cube has played, what about the fact that he is a family man? That's why I laugh whenever I hear people arguing over what rapper is the most "real." The reason Cube gets so much respect is because he has crafted one of the most hardcore characters in music, his lyrical ability and political aggression, and the fact that he is one of the best at telling ghetto narratives. Appreciate his music because its dope, not because you believe someone is "real."

    • yeayea

      "and for all you niggas saying I went hollywood, i'm a gansta, i know when i got it good" -laugh now cry later

    • da bestest

      for reakl homes OTAy s from lil rascales dawg so take three steps of his dick and start hatin with moe common sense

    • The Eyez

      Hahaha, damn where do I begin... Your name alone, "OTAY" sounds real Disney movie like. He's made a killing in his movies and fuck what you say, he hasn't jeopardized his music credentials by doing it as far as I'm concerned. Get off tha hater-aide.

  • Fon Z

    This is some good ass news! Cube's #5 on my MC list so I cant wait for this..... We need another Westside Connection Album too!! That be sick!

  • SKIBO

    CUBE IS THAT DUDE FOR REAL, EVERYTHING HE HAS EVER DROPPED IS CREDIBLE!!, I'M NOT FROM THE WEST EITHER BUT I KNOW MY MUSIC...I WISH HE COULD GET ALL THE WEST LEGENDS ON THERE LIKE: DR. DRE, SNOOP, REN, TOO SHORT, E-40, EIHT, KING TEE, THE LIKS, KURUPT AND DAZ, QUIK AND EVEN YUK...I KNOW THIS IS FAR FETCHED BUT THAT ALBUM TITLE HAD ME BRAINSTORMING LIKE THAT...EVEN NEW CATS LIKE THE GAME, NIPSEY OR JAY ROCK WOULD BE HOT TOO! TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS CUBE, YOU COULD HAVE THE BIGGEST SUPER HEAVY INDEPENDENT RECORD IN HISTORY!!! JUST DON'T HAVE US WAITING LIKE THE DRE WITH THAT DETOX...LOL

  • H-DUB

    Great News, but ever happened to WC´s "Return of the Barracuda" ?

  • Cash Mo

    This is some dope news I cant wait for this album his last two was amazing i still bump it now! Its gonna be dope!

  • COP IT

    i bet this junt will be better than the games red album

  • sactown

    Cube is def in my favorite 4 rappers. not a wordsmith, just knows how to chose the right words. first three albums are classic. Laugh Now, Cry Later was underrated too. Plus i love how he's set himself up independatnly so he doesn't need to be on a moajor and he can do what he wants to do. This is a purchase, not a download.

    • The Eyez

      You want Child Support? Get it out ya ass, bitch! haha Laugh Now was ill for sure. Looking forward to this album. West Coast!

  • Up North

    We all love Ice Cube. I'm a huge fan. But, he been saying this shit for 10 years now. None of his recent releases have the same bite as Amerikka's Most Wanted, The Predator, or Death Certificate. If he wants to strike that chord again, he might have to get with Chuck D, Dead Prez, Styles P, MC Ren and so on. Leave Jeezy and Lil Jon off the tracklist. Raw Footage was a step in the right direction but we need more from Cube. I'm hopeful....

  • triple77

    cube needs to grow the jeri curl back thats when he dropped his hardest albums..amerikkka's most wanted,lethal injection "I HEARD PAYBACK'S A MUTHA FUCKIN NIGGA"

  • The World Wind

    Consider this already copped by me.

  • The World Wind

    Consider this joint already copped by me.

  • da police

    one of the best actors of alltime and a decent rapper too

  • CUTTBOY

    "Once upon a time,in the black part of the neighborhood....."

  • Chops&Thangs

    WE WANT SIR JINX. This man is often overlooked when people mention great producers. Every beat on death certificate was on point. Bird in hand? That beat was banannas. Got much respect for Ice Cube regardless of sum shitty ass movies. Anaconda was entertaining tho. That snake was vicious.

  • funkthafunk

    cube aint from COMPTON

  • getwu89

    if there same shit as raw Footage, definetly will cop it. HERE HE COME

  • REally Tho

    Please get DJ Pooh and Sir Jinx back. Cube's got the lyrics, but Scott Storch and Lil Jon left me so disappointed. Or call Crazy Toones.

  • C-Arson

    Day one purchase I don't have all Cube's albums but I don't know of one that wasn't great.

  • Slimey T

    I loved that Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It track - ill shit

  • moh112

    real talk. hopefully the quality matches his mentality.

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