Wow, rapper/actor/reality TV star Ice-T went in on Rick Ross in a recent interview with VH1. At a screening for VH1’s documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation. â€œDonâ€™t start that article with none of that Ice-T disses Rick Ross bullsh*t,â€ Ice-T says right after dissing Rick Ross. Ice–T who was friends with the original Freeway Rick Ross has this to say about rapper/producer Rick Ross:
â€œThatâ€™s fake,â€ Ice-T blurts out. â€œRick Ross stole a n****â€™s name. I call him â€˜Identity Crisis.â€™ He thinks heâ€™s [Freeway] Rick Ross, he thinks heâ€™s Larry Hoover, he thinks heâ€™s Big Meech, he thinks heâ€™s MC Hammer, he thinks heâ€™s Tupac. Like, who the f*ck are you really, dude?â€
Ice continues, â€œWhen we rapped about dopeâ€” me, Snoop and everybodyâ€”it was like we doinâ€™ it because we GOT to. Now these n***** is actinâ€™ like itâ€™s somethinâ€™ thatâ€™s FUN. Itâ€™s so easy to fantasize about it. To actively do it? Thatâ€™s a whole â€˜nother f*ckinâ€™ thing.
To Ice-T, the issue with rap music these days has to do with accountability. â€œYou can tell kids these days any motherf*****â€™ thing and theyâ€™ll believe it,â€ he laments. â€œThereâ€™s not a code of accountability in hip hop. When I came out, if you said it, you HAD to be about it. N***** would check you really quickly.â€
At this point, I press Ice on whether he thinks thereâ€™s a famous rapper out there right now who has enough visibility and credibility who can serve as a rap ombudsman, if you will. According to Ice-T, thatâ€™s not really the issue, though. Itâ€™s more that rap, as a musical artform, has changed.
â€œRap is pop right now,â€ he explains. â€œQ-Tip said, â€˜Rap is not pop. If you call it that, then stop.â€™ Rap was a counterculture that went against pop. But when you have Rihanna singinâ€™ on your records and youâ€™re doinâ€™ records with Katy Perry, thatâ€™s no longer rap. Itâ€™s pop music, pop using rap delivery. When you hear Lil Wayne sayinâ€™ â€˜I got a chopper in the car,â€™ you go, â€˜Yeah, right you do.â€˜â€
Hmmm, could this be setting the stage a battle between ol school rappers and new age hip pop performers?
What do you think?