It was confirmed this past weekend that Ice Cube has penned a deal that has Old School Hip Hop heads saying “It’s about time.” In fact, on some level it’s amazing this hasn’t happened sooner. Cube has officially joined the Interscope family. Having started his career almost 30 years ago with the infamous group NWA (watch Straight Outta Compton if you weren’t born before the mid 90s), Cube hasn’t released an album in 7 years. Instead, his career has primarily focused on building himself and his name in Hollywood. However, with all of the reemerging love and appreciation of NWA (film and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction), it’s no wonder that he feels the bug to get back to his roots. And what better label than the one that helped bringing former NWA group member, Dr Dre, so much success.
Cube’s first release will be in less than two weeks, with the re-release of his controversial 1991 album, Death Certificate. Celebrating over 25 years since its release (October 1991), the album will feature 3 new tracks when it hits shelves on June 9th. Due to the nature of it content, the album received harsh criticism and was even deemed in illegal in Oregon. However, considering the political and social climate we’re currently in, Cube had this to say about its re-release: “Sadly our community is dealing with many of the same issues. I only hope that young millenials feeling powerless in the hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”
With Interscope backing him, it seems like Cube may be about to hit the radio waves hard. Hopefully he won’t disappoint.