A few years ago, Ice Cube announced to the world that he was teaming up with Dr. Dre to devise his comeback LP. That record never materialized — however, Cube still does have a super producer in pocket: Lil Jon. Jon says he's recorded seven new songs with the West Coast icon and is helping him to land a home for the project.
"On the Crunk Juice album, we did 'Real N---a Roll Call' [with Cube]," Jon said. "I grew up on N.W.A — N.W.A and Too Short were my favorite groups. So to just be in the studio, and for him to listen to me and let me guide him, ask me what I think ... I still can't believe I'm cool with Cube like that, 'cause that's Ice Cube."
Jon says the new Cube sounds a lot like vintage, early '90s Cube, from the AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted/ Death Certificate era (see "Ice Cube Pushes Back Album Because Of 'XXX' Movie"). According to the King of Crunk, he and Cube already have a song they want to release to the public soon.
"We got the first single, it's Ice Cube and Snoop, called 'Got a Lot of That,' " Jon said. "As soon as you hear the beat, you gonna start dancing. And he's got this song called 'Combat' for anybody who does any type of sports — like if you play football, it's gonna get you amped up to get in the game. We're looking for a label — holla at us. We're going to probably put a record out and let the labels come to us."
Jon's been in the lab with Too Short as well. "Short is like 'Uncle Short,' " Jon said. "Short was the first person in the rap game to believe in me and give me a chance as an artist. I was signed to Short's label and he let me out of the contract with no problems — he let me do my thing. Plus, he was always there for me whenever I needed him to get on some records."
Short's new LP is looking like it will have Jazze Pha producing half of the tracks and Jon doing most of the rest.
For a full-length feature on Ice Cube, check out "Ice Cube: Renaissance G."