By Mike Winslow
West coast Gangsta rap pioneer Ice Cube announced that he will release his ninth solo album, titled Raw Footage.
The album will feature guest appearances by Scarface, Westside Connection member Dub C., Nas, Musiq Soul Child, while Wreck, Maestro, Emile and others handled the production.
Raw Footage is the follow up to Ice Cube's 2006 gold-selling album Laugh Now, Cry Later, which debuted at #2 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop sales chart and #4 on Billboard's Top 200 sales chart.
Ice Cube, who is currently in the recording studio tweaking the album, will perform the album’s first single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” and other material next week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival on March 15.
The rapper has partnered with Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology to stream his SXSW performance live via his new website, uvntv.com, which was launched with producer DJ Pooh.
"We are excited to partner with UVNTV.com and SXSW to bring this live concert into the homes of people globally, using our Silverlight technology which delivers the high-def experiences that Ice Cube's fans will love," said Rob Pulciani, Microsoft’s senior marketing manager.
Ice Cube’s new album Raw Footage is due in stores June 17th via Ice Cube’s Lench Mob Records.