Ice-T Disillusioned With Today's Hip Hop Sound

Ice-T says Hip Hop is "too materialistic" but praises Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco.

Ice-T says he is disillusioned by today's Hip Hop. 

During a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Ice-T discussed his perspective on the state of the culture. 

"I'm just disillusioned with the Hip Hop sound right now," Ice-T said. "It's too materialistic. You know, I'm the kind of guy...I can't do that. If you track my movement, you'll never see a picture of me with any girl that wasn't mine, or my own car, my jewelry, my clothes. What kind of gangsta rapper has a stylist? A stylist? So now that game? I gracefully bow out, but then you got beasts. You got Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick [Lamar], all these cats that can really spit. I don't know. I'm just different, and I'm cool with it. The key to the game is 'do you.'

During the interview, Ice-T was also asked what the key is when trying to remain "fresh" in the music industry.

 

"Think of it like this," Ice said. "You're on a merry-go-round, and there's a gold ring. I can lean off that horse so far trying to get that ring that I fall off that horse. So why fuck my fan base trying to do a pop record? See? I know the key. I make a group called Club Monster and do hot dance records and people will go 'That's Ice-T with them.' But it's [under] another name. Create a new identity and do that, but not fuck with mine." 

Ice-T Says He Has Nightmare Of Dying Every Night

Ice-T also said that his past life of crime haunts him nightly. When asked how often he has a recurring nightmare of being shot and killed, Ice said it happens "every night." 

"I've been in heavy situations," Ice said. "When you lived it, you're paranoid. I carried guns so much that I had a bruise on my leg for a year after I stopped. It's that life that I wouldn't wish on anybody.  You think you want to do it until you get into it. Then you're like, 'Lord have mercy.' My music is warning you. It might seem like I'm promoting it, but I'm really warning you against it, like, 'You don't wanna fuck with this.'" 

Ice also went further in-depth regarding his paranoia. 

"I think the most successful are the most paranoid," he said. "The first thing people do when they buy a mansion is they build the biggest wall you could possibly build around it. What happens is, now you become a target. If I go into the hood, I'm at a disadvantage. They could carry guns. I can't. They can hit me in the face. I can't. I hit them in the face and they could fall on the ground and sue me. I don't have all the options they have. That lack of that edge makes you vulnerable.

"I'm so happy I'm not in that life," Ice continued. "It's a different way you have to operate. My friends in here can say anything and do anything, but I can't. I'm not bitchin' about it. You have to embrace your evolution. You have to be "I'm the best that I can ever be at this age, at this time in my life." If you're like a Paris Hilton, you're not as paranoid as me, because you're really unaware of how diabolic[al] these people are. I'm from the other side. I rolled with the diabolics." 

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67 Comments

  • Young Slim

    Ice-T one of the realest and the most truthfull in the game. PEDIOD.

  • Anonymous

    "what Ross gonna do fart on him and knock him out with that fat boy gas" More like wave a Tech in Ice's face and watch that TV cop run like 2 Chainz.

  • Anonymous

    artifacts - thats them

  • Anonymous

    apollo brown - the reset

  • Anonymous

    Proof - searching for jerry garcia

  • Anonymous

    its to smooth we need to bring the grit back

  • qas

    ICE T THE NEWEST MEMBER OF NWA WITH ICE CUBE, DR DRE, MC REN, YELLA, GONNA BE A GREAT 2014, RIP EASY E

  • Anonymous

    lol @ this washed up old guy

  • Anonymous

    "Ice-T knows Rick Ross is a fraud that why I respect him" He would never dare say that to Ross's face or else he'd wind up in a coma.

  • Anonymous

    Says the TV cop who plays in wack movies and series to make money and who pimp his bitch in tv shows. This nigga made the song cop killer but now plays a tv cop.

    • Anonymous

      yeah like 25 years later... he not supposed to grow up? change his views? want to be more successful and make more money? im sure he still says fuck the police

  • Anonymous

    Ice T once asked Soulja Boy ro suck his cock so many people are gonna like him even though I don't agree with some of his lyrics.

  • Manuel

    Ice T recognize them rappers that can spit. Someone recently told me French Montana is a better rapper than Lupe Fiasco. Oh man! That's when I realized I need new friends.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    Ice-T has always been a ill nigga. He's on a level that rappers aren't on any more, as far as actually knowing the game. At first glance, people might think Ice-T was a gangster rapper, but really he was a conscious rapper. He was one of the most truthful rappers ever, and he never sugar coated shit. Like he said, he used to warn niggas. Songs like "New Jack Hustler", "Return to the Killing Fields", "Lethal Weapon", "I'm Your Pusher"...those songs were legendary and way ahead of their time. You hear the energy and power on those records? THAT is what hip-hop is lacking now, passion. Those niggas back then got in the booth and dropped serious shit. So serious that it actually scared the government and got their attention. These rappers now get laughed at by the powers that be, because they're a bunch of fuckin' court jesters and harlequins, tryin' to impress the powers and be down with 'em. You never seen Ice-T make a fool of himself or make hip-hop look bad. You look up Ice's upbringing, you'll see he really lived it. He lived it so heavy that he CAN'T glorify it, 'cause he knows it's not glorious. You do your research on these niggas out now that are so-called gangsters, and half these niggas grew up in performing arts schools, and spending years in Europe and shit. They're good impersonators with technical skills and talent, but that can never be the same as the real thing. I know it's hard for you niggas to read more than 2 sentences without having an anxiety attack, but I had to show love to one of the O.G.'s that doesn't really get his respect from the new jacks. Peace.

    • Real

      @Sensaye ....Europe's slums are tougher than any of Americas u have no idea. The only one that compares in ur end of the world is Philly. So don't be sayin 'spent years in Europe' like an insult

    • Anonymous

      leprechaun 15 was a great movie what you talking bout fool!

    • Anonymous

      Get a life you retarded cheerleader. Ice was one of the corniest rappers, and worst actors to ever come around, and if it wasn't for SVU he'd still be making STV movies like Lost In The Hood, or Leprechaun 15.

    • Anonymous

      Ice at used to be in the military so I know he has discipline enough not to marry a prostitute, but maybe he can turn a hoe into a house wife.

    • Anonymous

      Ice-T knows Rick Ross is a fraud that why I respect him

  • Big Barrio18, E'zup!

    The legendary Ice-T speaking that truth! This fool more G than all your favorite rappers of today put together.

  • riv216

    Ice T has the best wiki page ever! On LIFE! lol...come check out the new music video "The Good Die Young 2K13" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vp8lj_Smpw

  • white women are the right women

    Ice T's the OG and he's a brother who understands that White women are where it's at. Much respect to Ice T!

    • burnieblue

      Co-sign 100% And I'm a so-called black man. I decided not to ever even look at black women over a decade ago...best decision I've ever made as far as women go.

    • white women are the right women

      Most Black women are thieves who won't agree to pre-nup agreements and will trap you by pumping out babies and then will leave you high and dry. Coco ain't ever leaving Ice and she has her own dough. Ask Timbaland, Master P, and Big Boi how their Black ex-wives are doing. At the end of the day, White scummy women > Black scummy women.

    • Anonymous

      Lol thats why she was always straying, dumb ass nigga. Black women is the best pussay.

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  • 1ove

    "What kind of gangsta rapper has a stylist?" lmfaooo *dead*

    • Sensaye Sixkiller

      The fact that Ice-T can do a song called Cop Killer and then play a cop on T.V. is WHY he's such a ill nigga. But you don't understand the game, so it's like explaining Kierkegaard to a kindergartener. Huh? ...

    • ^^^^^^^^^

      That you soulja fag?? Lol u madd??? Btw wat the fuck a Cacillac??

    • Anonymous

      "What kind of rapper has a stylist" What kind of rapper wore a perm his entire career? Ice T is the type of dude to make a song called "Cop Killer" and then spend the rest of his life playing a Cop on television.....the type of dude to spit Pimpin his entire rap career and then marry a white prostitute who smuts around with c-level rappers. Yeah HipHop is materialistic it always has been, Slick Rick wore more Gold than a dead pharoah and "Rappers Delight" had everybody wanting a brand new Casillac. This elderly gentleman is delusional because currently mainstream HipHop is the least materialistic as its been in years, this ain't the Versace shades era with the shiny suits, this is the same sex marriage rap video era, this is the Hipster-Hop era. Some elders in HipHop are up to date and current because they are active within the culture, Ice T is Hollywood, he's not active within the culture like Chuck D and KRS One so his opinion is just another opinion.

  • sarrab

    Black culture has destroyed the music industry and European Culture and our way of life.

    • Ren

      the whites are just a human mutation. That's why your dirty asses got ran off and you went and lived in the caves of Europe.

    • Young Guwop

      Shut cha racist ignorant ass up. It's plenty of White trash ass movies and music out too. Plus you need to pick up a book troll. European culture damn near destroyed or altered every culture on this planet. So go fuck yourself and read a book before speaking again dumb asshole.

  • Anon

    The OG's know Kendrick is the shit

  • Scott

    Tell it straight Ice T, this young ones don't know much about real Hip Hop, they are being fed that slave-ship-hop by the white men who run clear channel and the record labels. They listen to music talkin bout bangin on one another instead of bangin on the US Govt or the Po-Po. The real hip hop rarely hits their ears but its out here. COP Killer!

  • Anonymous

    NO BITCH ASS RAPPERS I SHOT YOU DOWN.

  • Anonymous

    washed up old nigga, better go to an old folks home soon.

  • Now

    Man if more of these nigga will stand up and be true to the game like Ice T hip hop wouldn't be so messed up as it now an personally I have never see a real gangster with a stylist either

  • BROWNZVILLE DUMP ON EM

    Ice-T is a real nigga unlike most of the fake azz faggots in the rap game. People get mad cus he tell it the way it is. All yall little cry babbys who call him "irrelevant" are basically saying real o.g's are irrelevant, sorry he aint fake enough for yall. smh fuckin bitchboyz lol.

    • Anonymous

      "if being irrelevant means not wearing skinny jeans, skirts, being a cop and kissing niggas on the mouth id gladly wear that title" ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ WORD

    • Anonymous

      if being irrelevant means not wearing skinny jeans, skirts, being a cop and kissing niggas on the mouth id gladly wear that title

    • BROWNZVILLE DUMP ON EM

      @anon What da fuk u know bout real o.g's or real hiphop son? U aint bout dat life Lol. U just some little brainwashed sheep who follows da crowd. Ice-T done his dirt and can talk bout that shit. If u hatin on a dude just cus he old then u really is a bitch.

    • Anonymous

      he is irrelevant just like 99% of these veteran rappers real OG's don't rap. real OG's trap

  • Anonymous

    Ice-T is a great american hero because he told Soulja Boy to eat a dick

  • Anonymous

    Who wins in a rap battle? Nas (beat Jay-Z) Kendrick Lamar (beat every new rapper) Eminem 2Pac or Rakim?

  • STUPID OR SMART QUESTION........ IDK BUT ILL SAY IT.

    then why did you do law and order if your so paranoid about all this.

  • Anonymous

    Ice T is a very boring person. No wonder Coco stepped out.

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