Ice-T Declares Contemporary Music As "Delusional"

The gangsta rap veteran reflects on the state of today's hip-hop scene.

Ice-T has made his views on today’s popular music known, most recently blasting Soulja Boy for “single handedly killing hip-hop.” Now, he’s taking a less dynamic approach, explaining that contemporary rap doesn’t accurately reflect the state of the world.

The rapper-turned-actor explained that it’s an evenhanded exchange between fans and artists. “I just think that right now, you have so many blogs, you have so much news... There’s so much news that’s being pumped at you through the internet and stuff. People just want to hear music that doesn’t have anything to do with reality,” he told CNN. “They’d rather just listen to music about ‘party, party, party.’ We don’t want to deal with the issues because they’re dealing with the issues daily, all day.”

He continued by stating that the music suffers because of this oversaturation of news. “The music doesn’t reflect it. We’re in a war, got a black president, we got lots of things going on. We got economic problems, you got the Wall Street situation,” he said. “You’re not going to find any of those in any of the music. It’s not being reflected. People are trying to run from the truth because music is very delusional.”

Ice-T most recently released his autobiography Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—From South Central to Hollywood, addressing reviews that it’s an “easy read.” “It’s exactly meant to feel like that. It’s meant to feel like you’re dealing in a conversation with me,” he said. “You get the full vibe of me, I wasn’t pulling any punches. When people say it’s a fast read, I say is that a good thing? But I’m doing a lot of press and they’re like, that’s a great thing. You want to keep the pages turning.”

14 Comments

  • Bowski

    What we need is balance - Point, Blank, Period. Like everybody I was once a teenager and the quality of hip hop I was exposed to trained my thought process and groomed my ear regarding my expectations of REAL music. We partied our young asses off back then, but then we also had the consciousness as well as the gangster rap music too - BALANCE. However in today's RAP world everybody seems to be in the same lane, mostly for that dollar bill. That seems to be the ONLY measurement of success these days which is total bull. But in the quest of that dollar these youngins sell their souls and whatever else not caring about the quality of their music as long as they get paid when all is said and done. These cats today dont LOVE the culture or the music for real, if not it'll show in their product. The blueprint is available to all those who care to study the artform, but instead they'd rather take the easy way out. They rather love what the money can do for their lives rather than invest in their longevity in their career path. But lets not forget that these wack artists music passes through a few hands before we ever hear it. The A&R's, the executive producers and other Label execs listen to this crap before signing off on it; So I blame those idiots too. Lets take it back to the basics, have ya'll paid attention to some of these cats rap names? I mean c'mon whose approving these cats names. They're too lazy to be creative enough to think up some decent names. I struggle with the current state of RAP and struggle with what "they've" turned our music into on a daily basis, but I do have hope and faith in the underground, God bless it.

  • Jose Vasquez

    Music is no longer about Life, it's about Money

  • BobMarley420

    I understand where he is coming from but, I find it Ironic that he is using that as a plug to promote a book that's going to be making him money. In wich I highly doubt he will put to any use to make changes to the community and problems that he addressed above. Many artists can make songs about societies issues but, it takes more then a song to make change. He needs to Be the change that he says he wants to see, instead of hating on the next man for not making music he wants to hear. just my opinion

  • Anonymous

    Yeah it's all about flashing the bling in these kigs faces, and every body wants to be a rapper and make easy going music that hits the mainstream audience and culture. Rap blew up because it was something different to michael jackson(no pun intended)and mainstream culture. You were a rapper because you were born with a natural talent, a gift and you demanded that people listen to what you had say. so that would make this socalled genre we call hip hop of today an entirely different art form than the 80s and 90s

  • Anonymous

    We have ablack president and it's disappointing how that has inspired no one (expet maybe Nas and Kweli)

  • Anonymous

    CANIBUS JUS SLAUGHTERED JOE BUDDEN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky333l_5w_c&feature=feedlik

  • COMPLEX

    Hiphop needs to have a draft, 2 divisions...rap and hip-pop. Then we could create different sites that would distinguish the two and that would settle a lot of the problems in the game right now.

  • Anonymous

    Hip Hop today is a mess with kids praising a lil cat calling himself a bich and naming his album "I'm Gay" and buying coke raps from a fat nigga who was a C.O.

  • Yussi Babel

    "As Delusional" or "Is Delusional"? Where the fuck did you go to Hebrew School, Horowitz, that you write so poorly. You owe an apology to Ice-T and the readers of this site, who often wonder why we ever bother. Up your game, chump!

  • Ddot

    I agree with his statement, but it's too generalized. Obviously, his opinion applies to about 95% of current hip-hop (unfortunately)...But there are albums like The Roots "How I got Over" for instance, that document the current state of the U.S. more accurately than any album in 10 years.

  • Nico 3

    Popular music provides an escape from life for alot of people. Who wants to work all day, come home and listen to a song talking about the economy? I think as long as kids keep up on what's current in their world, then who cares what they listen too? Now if they use these songs to educate them on life, then yeah, there's a huge problem.

    • Anonymous

      In like the early 80's and 90's that would have been the case but now that people like wocka, 50 and the other wack musicians are on the forefront of what you would like to call party music, Its not feasible. The stuff is just straight garbage.

  • Sensaye252

    He's right. There needs to be a balance. Everybody likes to party, but if all you do is party you become disconnected from real life. Same thing with music, if all you listen to is a bunch of niggas braggin' about money, cars, and girls, you really start to think like that, especially impressionable young kids. If for every song about material bullshit we had a song that presented some kind of awareness, the hood and the state of Hip-Hop would be in better shape. The problem is, once you've fed a kid brownies and candy and junkfood for years, it gets hard to feed 'em vegetables and fruit. These young kids been eatin' shit for years.

  • Jahbari Townsend

    That's an honest statement that he made. But as an hip hop artist, honestly how does this effect us who want to be lyrical and not so much party all the time?

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