SOHH Whatcha Think: Ice-T Talks Minaj & Rosenberg + Azealia Banks Quits The Game?!

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 9:42AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

Rapper/actor Ice T has hit the road to spread the word about his new hip hop documentary, but along the way, he has also spoken out about the current state of rap and what defines a truly great artist.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Ice shared his thoughts on diversity in the game and how perfecting different styles will take an artist from good to great.

A good emcee will rhyme a lot of different ways. Don't limit yourself. Maybe on this record, you're on something a little bit different, a little house-y, and then for this one you go to DJ Premier for some real hardcore beats, or then you have that big, super, grand DJ Khaled production that's so incredible. You gotta learn how to change your flow so you're not doing the same thing over and over again.(Rolling Stone Magazine)

The legendary artist also gave his thoughts on the feud between Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg and Nicki Minaj, saying there will always be those that aren't feeling your flow.

It's fake. Me, I've always tried to stay current with my life. As my life grew, my raps grew with it. Rap is like any other art form. There will be critics. For Rosenberg to step out and make that statement, we know people will say, "You out of pocket anyway. You a Jewish kid trying to talk about hip-hop and its realness." He's probably taking a sh*tstorm of hell, like, "What do you know about real hip-hop?" I know Rosenberg and he's what you call a hip-hop head - he knows hip-hop backwards and forwards. There's always going to be that dilemma. (The Urban Daily)

In other news, outspoken NYC artist Azealia Banks has apparently decided to silence herself. As far as rap, anyway. MTV is reporting that the former foe of just about every female rapper in the game has decided that maybe rap is just not for her, and is looking to put more focus on being a vocalist.

To limit her accessibility to her detractors, Banks shifted from her Twitter profile to a Tumblr blog on which she wrote under the headline "No longer wishing to be a rapper": "i never was. ... and as soon as i started paying attention to bullsh-- urban media, i started getting myself in trouble. From now on i'm a vocalist, and will not be associating myself with the "rap game"... or whatever the f--- that means ... no more twitter for me ... it makes me entirely too accessible. Catch me on tumblr ... it'll be more interesting."(MTV)

This is the second big announcement from Banks, who recently revealed she was cutting ties with manager Troy Carter, whose clients include pop mega-star Lady Gaga.

Banks' decision to distance herself from hip hop and drop Twitter comes just after she split with Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, and in one of her last tweets she indicated that she was looking to retain her independence. "I will definitely be working BY MYSELF and saving MY 20% On management commissions while I avoid you sharks in the water," wrote Banks. (This Beat Goes)

The irony of the entire Banks fiasco is that she slammed the media during her decision to leave rap behind, yet media coverage of her medium-profile beefs played a big part in getting her name out to the masses. SOHH Watcha Think: Is she done for good, or is this just a brief pause from the game to regroup?

Check out Banks speaking on her controversial image below:

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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