Ice Cube

Rapper Ice Cube, one of the pioneers of gangsta rap, is out to prove he’s still as raw as ever with the release of his new LP, “Raw Footage.”

Set to release on June 17, the disc will feature the current single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” and will feature guest spots from Musiq Soulchild, Nas, Scarface and former Westside Connection group member WC.

To promote the release of “Raw Footage,” Cube is scheduled to headline a show at this year’s South By Southwest Conferences and Festival in Austin, TX. The concert will be held this Saturday March 15 at 9pm EST and is expected to be attended by an estimated 20,000 fans.

For fans unable to see the show in person, the entire concert will be streamed live exclusively on, the first live streaming online TV network started by Cube and longtime collaborator, DJ Pooh. The live stream is the result of a partnership between the rapper and the Microsoft Corporation, as the live feed will also feature Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, which enhances the quality of the video.

“We are excited to partner with 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.

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