Ice-T: ‘Rap Was Meant To Change The World’
In the run-up to the release of his documentary ‘The Art Of Rap’, Ice-T spoke with TIME Magazine about the evolution of rap and its progression in the mainstream pop world. The legendary artist also spoke of the situation between Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 FM, defending the Young Money star for her decision to drop out of the radio stations Summer Jam…
He said: “Rap will always be critical of itself, that’s just part of it. The Nicki Minaj situation, I think that was not a good call. If they don’t want to respect her, I don’t think they should have invited her.”
He then went on to say that although he agreed that disrespecting Nicki’s ‘Starships’ track was not the right choice, authentic rap was never meant to be just party music: “The true origin of rap is say something that they’re not saying on the radio. So when you kind of blend into what popular culture is doing, you’re losing the power of hip hop.”
Ice continued: “If you’re just going to rap about ‘I got money and we balling,’ you’re not doing with it what it was meant to do. It’s meant to rock a party, but it was meant to change the world.
“I’ve never really been into pop rap but if that’s what some of these artists want to do, that’s cool, but then they can’t feel like they’re going to be welcomed in that hard-core club where it’s really just spitters.”
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)