Ice-T is not pleased with modern hip-hop. Not the blinged out jewelry, not the shiny cars and not the lyrics about strippers (actually, we’re just guessing about that last part, but it seems to fit). The rapper spoke with Vibe recently and he had some words for contemporary rappers.
“I want to see some little motherfuckers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, ‘Fuck this jewelry and cars bullshit,’ and bring it back to Armageddon! Don’t get it twisted– the people that are making music now, I’m not mad at them. People think I’m mad at pop music (but) I’m not. I’m just saying the conscious music is lacking. There’s no roots… Where are those kids that are gonna come out and really push the envelope? N.W.A did ‘Fuck tha Police,’ we were going hard, we were getting arrested. Now everybody is trying to stay in their nice little safe bubble and I miss the edgy music. That’s all I’m saying. Saying you sell drugs, that’s not edgy to me, let’s talk about some issues.”
So basically all you rappers out there need to infuse a little deeper meaning in your rhymes. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Ice-T did mention one current hip-hop artist he thinks is doing it right. “Lupe Fiasco does it,” he told Vibe. “I’ve listened to some of his stuff. He’s not afraid.”