Ice-T hasn’t released a solo album in almost 20 years, and it’s not just because he’s been busy with his award-winning acting career.
Variety talked to the first gangsta rapper who turned into an actor last month about getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When Ice-T was asked why he had taken so long between albums, the talk turned to music.
Ice-T, who hasn’t put out a solo album since 2006’s Gangsta Rap, said, “Hip-hop has changed.” “I thought the music got silly. The kids began to look strange. It turned into something I didn’t feel good about. At one point, I sold a lot of records, but then things slowed down.
I had a certain feeling. Then I realized that neither did Public Enemy, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, or Wu-Tang Clan. There was a big change.” Ice-T went on: “These kids got softer, and I’m not good at making people feel soft.
The hip is the first word in hip-hop, so it’s hard to understand how something can be cool for more than 10 years. Also, I still do my Ice-T: Art of Rap shows, which are my hip-hop legacy. Think of it like seeing Frank Sinatra. You want to listen to old songs.”
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Ice-T is known for being one of the first people to make West Coast gangsta rap. He doesn’t seem to be into the new scene. Recently, his acting career was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Other hip-hop artists like 50 Cent, Queen Latifah, Diddy, Missy Elliott, and others have also been given this honor. Ice-role T’s on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which he has played for 23 years, made him the longest-running male actor in TV history.