There's good news for fans of Ice Cube's Friday franchise.
The rapper and film producer tells RedBullUSA.com that the script for the next installment in the Friday series is "almost finished." Cube reveals that he's been talking to New Line Cinema, adding that, "You gotta get that script tight before you can take the next step."
Ice Cube also says he's "65 percent finished" with his next album, which is the follow-up to 2010's I Am the West. "It'll be out next year, you know, and it’s hardcore hip-hop," he says. "It's street knowledge, it's talking about what’s going on in the hood, but it's talking about what’s going on in the political arena."
Cube says that as a West Coast rapper, he and his peers always felt like they were fighting an uphill battle to have their voices heard "because the whole industry is back... in the East." He says that emcees from the West have had to prove they're "much more than b****es, hoes, gangstas, guns… You know we got caught in a style that worked, a formula that worked, and it kind of got over-saturated in a way."
Now though, the rap veteran says, up-and-comers from the West are showing how "creative" they are, and it's a "beautiful thing."
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