What in the name of patriarchy is Ice-T talking about?
Cop Killer Ice-T? Law and Order Ice-T?
It isn't clear to me whether Ice-T is more angry at Hurricane Chris's
and Souljah Boy's perceived lack of "black thug" masculinity or at the
their inability to measure up to Rakim, Das Efx and BDK as emcees.
"Take those beads out your hair"?
Please take a moment to understand the irony of a gangster rapping black
man pulling his Cop Killer song amid political controversy, turning around
and acting as a police officer on a television show, then criticizing
myspace rappers for ruining hip hop.
It took me a minute to tie that together. Irony is bugged.
Why did societal pressures influence Ice-T to pull cop killer,
but there is not nary chirp about 50 or Prodigy rapping about killing
20 dudes on Thursday after breakfast?
Because the murder of black men fails to enrage us.
Talk about the public performance of "The Black Thug".
Ice T has been moving in some real, ahem, non thuggish,
circles for the last 8 years so he comes across as putting
10 on 2 for telling someone to man up.
Granted, I will note that he has performed as recently,
as 2006 as a rapper.
However, it would be interesting to see how he performs his day
to day masculinity on the set of one of his Dick Wolf projects.
What Ice-T and many of us fail to understand is that, since Mc Hammer,
in general, and since The Chronic specifically, since the advent of
Soundscan, Hip Hop is like property in Downtown Brooklyn,
Oakland or Chicago.
Its worth a lot of money to those who own the rights to it.
Capitalism performs a specific function with precise efficiency.
This function is to obtain the most profit out of capital (productive
Sometimes that capital is a rental house other times its stock in Viveindi
Let me ask you this.
Why is a cd that cost $3 cents to make $15.99 in the stores? Profits.
Why is the rent $1100 this year, when it was $850 three years ago? Profits.
Why is gas $4.20 per gallon? Demand, Supply shortages AND Profits.
Quality control, culture or People be damed.
There is a comment on a three year old post on Hip Hop Blogs, ironically
on the hip hop generation gap which sums up why 2008 is not 1988.
The commenter interestingly named, Iamtheskidwad writes,