We were recently invited to sit in on a conference call between a pool of 70 DJs and a barber: Ice Cube. We were geeked for a number of reasons. First of all DJs rep their towns so hard, no matter where: it's both nerdy and awesome to hear "Yo Cube, don't forget Salt Lake, dog!" for the 13th time in twenty minutes. Or when some cat asks Cube if he remembers some obscure gig at a SoCal roller rink in ’88. The answer, of course, is yes, Cube remembers the gig, and yes, he remembers meeting your cousin and 'em right before he went on. Which isn't to say there weren't some big dogs eager to hear what Cube has popping. Cube mentioned a new track produced by Green Lantern, and the Evil Genius himself quickly spoke up with a few words about the collaboration - but the capper came when DJ Premier hollered at Cube right before the conference call ended, and basically arranged for the two to get together over some tracks to see if anything last-minute pops off for the album. File under "developing"... Primo/Doughboy collabs aside, the call was really just a chance for Cube to reach out to a grip of DJs (and a couple FADER editors) at once about the album he's releasing all by his lonesome on June 6th called Laugh Now, Cry Later. Check the first single "Why We Thugs" (produced by Scott Storch) here.
February 23, 2006