NEW YORK — Ice Cube might rep the West on his new album, appropriately titled I Am the West, but the legendary Left Coast rapper is missing one important link: Dr. Dre.
The former N.W.A groupmates weren't able to connect on Cube's project, slated for release independently September 21. Ice Cube said his and Dre's schedules weren't able to align.
"I didn't get a chance to work with Dre on this record," Cube told MTV News from Skyline Studios in Manhattan, where he previewed his album for press. "He's been M.I.A. for two to three months now. But I don't feel bad, because Snoop can't find him either," he laughed.
"I think, really, it's because people expect so much from him," he continued. "People expect, when Dre does a record, it [will] change the trajectory of music. Not just be an album and it come out and be good. It has to come and take us in a different direction. And that's a lot of pressure."
Cube was able to recruit a stable of upstart producers and chart-toppers like Bangladesh (Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Kelis) to work on I Am the West. The project pays homage to the classic gangsta-rap movement Cube helped shape. But records like "She Couldn't Make It on Her Own" (featuring the rapper's two sons), "Soul on Ice" and "It Is What It Is" display a range beyond Cube's California roots. The first single, "I Rep That West," was serviced to radio and features a clip directed by Gabriel Hart (Young Jeezy, Plies, B.o.B).
I Am the West track list, according to Ice Cube's management:
» "A Boy Was Conceived"
» "Soul on Ice"
» "Live in California" (featuring Jayo Felony and WC)
» "She Couldn't Make It on Her Own" (featuring OMG and Dough Boy)
» "Y'All Know How I Am" (featuring OMG, WC, Dough Boy and Maylay)
» "Too West Coast" (featuring WC and Maylay)
» "I Rep That West"
» "Drink the Kool-Aid"
» "No Country for Young Me"
» "It Is What It Is"
» "Hood Robbin' "
» "Your Money or Your Life"
» "Nothin' Like L.A."
» "All Day, Everyday"
» "Fat Cat"
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