Ice Cube Launches Label, Readies Album

Rapper/actor Ice Cube will on June 6 release his seventh solo album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later," via his new independent label, Lench Mob Records.

Rapper/actor Ice Cube will on June 6 release his seventh solo album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later," via his new independent label, Lench Mob Records. The 18-track set features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and WC, in addition to production by Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil' Jon, among others.

A video for lead single "Why We Thugs," produced by Storch, will be shot later this month. Another track, "Chrome & Paint," can be streamed from the artist's Web site.

In the spring, Ice Cube will hit the road on his first nationwide tour in years, which kicks off April 19 in Anaheim, Calif., and runs through May.

"Laugh Now, Cry Later" is the rapper's first studio album in six years and the follow-up to 2000's "War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)," his final release for longtime label Priority. That set has sold 992,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Ice Cube's tour dates:

April 19: Anaheim, Calif. (venue TBA)
April 21: Ventura, Calif. (Ventura Theater)
April 22: San Francisco (The Fillmore)
April 23: Reno, Nev. (New Oasis)
April 26: Chico, Calif. (Senator Theater)
April 28: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
April 29: Seattle (Showbox)
April 30: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
May 4: Minneapolis (venue TBA)
May 6: Chicago (House of Blues)
May 7: TBA
May 10: Boston (Avalon Ballroom)
May 12: New York (venue TBA)
May 13: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
May 14: Washington (9:30 Club)
May 18: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
May 20: Houston (Warehouse Live)
May 23: Dallas (Gypsy Ballroom)
May 25: Denver (venue TBA)
May 27: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
May 28: Phoenix (Marquee Theater)
May 30: San Diego (venue TBA)
June 1-2: Los Angeles (venue TBA)
June 3: Los Angeles (House of Blues)