It's been two years since Ice Cube last put out an album, but the West Coast icon doesn't plan to be away from music for much longer. In a recent interview with Red Bull USA, Cube said he's nearly finished recording a new LP, his 10th.
"I’m pretty deep into it," he said. "I’m about 65 percent finished with it. It’ll be out next year."
The former NWA member, who has since found fame as an actor and TV and movie producer, assured fans that he hasn't gone soft in the later stage of his career.
"You know, and it’s hardcore hip hop," he said of the new album, to be called Everything's Corrupt. "It’s street knowledge, it’s talking about what’s going on in the hood, but it’s [also] talking about what’s going on in the political arena. It’s what I always try to give. Much more than just rhyming. Mostly, it’s hip hop for the soul. That’s what I’m trying to deliver."
Though he's staying true to his roots on the new album, Ice Cube said he was grateful to have creative outlets outside of gangster rap. He's currently preparing to shoot a fourth sequel to his cult classic film Friday.
“The script is almost finished, I got a meeting with New Line on Monday or Tuesday to talk about the next step,” he said. “You gotta get that script tight before you can take the next step. It’s beautiful because the West Coast, we’ve always been trying to prove ourselves to the hip hop nation, that we was much more than bitches, hoes, gangstas, guns… We’ve been trying to show that we’re very creative on the West Coast, but we got caught in a style that worked, a formula that worked, and it kind of got over-saturated in a way. But the dudes on the West are showing how creative they are. It’s good that the hip hop community is starting to acknowledge it and getting their shine, and that’s a beautiful thing."
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