Guest Star: "It's Like Every N*gga On The Street Is Turning Into Motherf*cking 'Basketball Wives.' Where's The Gangsters At?"
Monday, Jul 30, 2012 3:40PM
[With his The Art of Rap flick in select theaters, hip-hop veteran Ice-T gives SOHH readers his thoughts on today's gossip-driven media and why people have swayed away from real life matters.]
Honestly, I was just sitting here talking with my boys about how stupid the current events are. People are worrying about dumb sh*t. They forget there's people over there in Iraq and you have people losing their houses and we have a bunch of bullsh*t and people give a f*ck about dumb sh*t.
I don't even want to say it because that justifies the dumb sh*t but it's like I don't care about that sh*t. Really. We're in a gossip-based society. You heard what he bought. You heard who he's f*cking. You heard what she said.
It's like every n*gga on the street is turning into motherf*cking 'Basketball Wives.' Godd*mn. Where's the gangsters at? Who the f*ck cares about that sh*t. Really.
Honestly, real talk. I got on an interview this morning and first question the guy goes, 'So do you still have beef with such-and-such?' I'm like, 'Man, I'm not talking about that.' And he says, 'Well, didn't you use to battle LL [Cool J]?' It's like, 'Yo, shut the f*ck up. Really? That's not what we're talking about right now. We're talking about an art form, a craft.'
It's sad when the people, not even the press, but the people are only concerned with that. That's all they're concerned with.
I did a thing with [media personality] Sway and Sway's my friend but when he posted it on the 'net, it read, 'What Ice-T Says About Wack Rappers.' It's like, you need that shock value comment for n*ggas to even care. You know?
It's shock value and it's sad. But you know what? F*ck it. I'm over here eating some Chinese food with some pimps, it's cool.
As a musician, Ice-T played a major role in the creation of the gangsta incarnation of hip-hop music and was a colossus of the West Coast hip-hop scene, despite his East Coast, greater New York, origins. Though his music displays a political consciousness, like the indictments of racism that were a hallmark of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, it also is nihilistic as befits a chronicler of street life. Outside of music, Ice-T has thrived in Hollywood having starred in various films and become a regular on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."