From Gangster Rapper to Prime time actor, Ice T is one of a few Rappers to have successfully made the transition from being solely a Hip Hop staple to becoming a well recognized Pop culture figure.
Launching a documentary named ‘The Art Of Rap’ on June 15th, the E! star sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to discuss the release but found himself answering questions on Pop Princess Nicki Minaj.
His comments below…
When quizzed on the ongoing debate surrounding Minaj’s credibility as a Hip Hop act, he explained:
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.
Then on the pressure on Rappers to ‘stay street’, he said the following:
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 shitstorm 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.
Me, I think it all comes from the same seed.