Ice-T introduced himself immediately as one of the West Coast’s most electrifying rappers. He began to rap at the seminal electro and early hip-hop party Uncle Jamm’s Army, an event that grew from local dances to selling out the Los Angeles Sports Arena in only a few years. He went on to record a string of classic hip-hop albums in the late ’80s, eventually broadening his palette with the infamous Body Count project and extending beyond music to acting, writing and directing. Today, Ice is not only a hip-hop statesman, he is also the longest running black actor on television with his role in SVU.
In this rare and intimate conversation as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, Ice-T retraced his steps from growing up in LA to discovering rhyming, and from becoming an artist to finding new ways to challenge himself.
5:37 - Growing up in Crenshaw
14:11 - Iceberg Slim and a writing epiphany
21:20 - Rhyming beginnings
23:37 - Uncle Jamm's Army and Radio
32:10 - First records
46:29 - Breaking into acting
54:21 - O.G.
1:07:19 - Rakim's influence
1:13:50 - Racism and empathy
1:23:24 - “99 Problems”
13:56 - Iceberg Slim – “Durealla” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP7lPJW1IAA
36:55 - Ice-T – “6 In The Mornin’” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izuMg1GGnMc
56:39 - Ice-T – “O.G.” live at San Quentin
1:13:39 - Ice-T A Current Affair interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYLrvAs9_9c
1:23:23 - Ice-T – “99 Problems” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bicN4ryVQSI
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