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Ice Cube rides on Spike TV plus new album

25 March 2006 No Comment

Acclaimed actor and musician, Ice Cube, will host and perform at Spike TV’s second annual AutoRox, the only nationally televised awards show honoring and celebrating America’s passion for the automobile. For the first time ever, Ice Cube will perform live his new singles “Chrome and Paint” and “Why We Thugs” off of his forthcoming solo LP, "Laugh Now, Cry Later" which will be released on June 6, 2006. The 90-minute show, to be taped on April 7 at the Fremont Experience in downtown Las Vegas, will air TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (10:00-11:30pm ET/PT) on Spike TV. The star-studded homage to cars will feature categories including Best Luxury Car, Hottest Exotic, Convertible, Sports Car, SUV’s, and others. Read on for more info and audio streams…

The 2006 show has moved from Los Angeles to the exciting streets of downtown Las Vegas. A panel of over 30 high-ranking auto industry executives, designers, media and celebrities will vote on the deserving nominees, to be announced shortly. One industry icon, chosen for their major contributions to the automotive world, will be recognized. The 2005 recipient was legendary racer and car builder Carroll Shelby.

Dave Broome (“Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope,” “The Radio Music Awards”) and Casey Patterson, Senior Vice President of Event Production and Talent, Development, Spike TV, are Executive Producers for AutoRox. Allen Newman serves as Executive in Charge of Production and Ryan Polito is Director.

“AutoRox will celebrate guys’ lifelong love affair with chrome, wheels and gears,” said Patterson. “Our host Ice Cube is truly passionate about cars and where better than Vegas to make this an all out celebration with big musical performances and the hottest cars of the year.”

Spike TV is home to many of cable’s top-rated auto-related programming as part of its “Power Block” hosted by Courtney Hanson, including Horsepower TV, Trucks!, Muscle Car, and Extreme 4X4.

4/20 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
4/21 – San Diego, CA – 4th and B
4/22 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
4/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
4/26 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
4/28 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
4/29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
4/30 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
5/4 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
5/6 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/7 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
5/9 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
5/12 – NYC – B.B. King Blues Club
5/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
5/14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
5/18 – Atlanta, GA – Earthlink Live
5/20 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
5/23 – Dallas, TX – Gypsy Ballroom
5/25 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
5/27 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
5/28 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
6/3 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

“Why We Thugs” AUDIO:


Laugh Now, Cry Later
Lench Mob Records
June 6, 2006

The Godfather of Gangsta Rap’s Seventh Solo LP To Be Independently Released by His Label, Lench Mob Records

Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Hip-Hop Superstar Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the debut of his seventh solo LP, titled “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” Following the release of his greatest hits collection in 2001, the West Coast’s Greatest Rap Lyrist is back again, bringing forth his best musical work to date. “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” which will be released by Ice Cube’s independently owned label, Lench Mob Records, will hit shelves on June 6th.

Boasting production from top level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil’ Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and WC, Ice Cube looks to settle back into his position as Rap’s Heavy Weight Champion, showcasing his creative and lyrical genius throughout 18 solid tracks. With the streets already talking about the buzz single video “Chrome Paint,” which blends low-riders and the West Coast lifestyle, the album’s first official single will be Scott Storch produced “Why We Thugs,” which delves into social commentary about weapons, narcotics, politics and the ghettos of America over a heavy baseline. Always a true MC at heart, Ice Cube has spent this past year away from the big screen to create a well thought out and complete album which mixes rider music, club bangers and soon to be classics through his unique talent of cinematic storytelling.

Regarded as one of the Most Important figures in rap history, Ice Cube began his career with the Notorious West Coast Gangsta Rap Group N.W.A a little over 15 years ago. At the height of the group’s success, Ice Cube broke away to start his own solo career. His initial release, “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” (Priority, 1990) sold over a million copies. His sophomore solo effort, “Death Certificate” (Priority, 1991), a concept album about the fall and rise of the black man, debuted at #1 on the R Album chart, #2 on the Top 200 album chart and went on to sell over two million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of both his double album “War and Peace,” and hit albums “Lethal Injection,” “Bootlegs B-Sides,” and “The Predator.” Ice Cube has sold over ten million albums to date.

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