Ice-T has no plans of reviving his music career-especially with how the hip-hop game is being played nowadays.
During his interview with Variety, the elephant in the room was addressed: why does Ice-T no longer release any new music?
“Hip-hop changed,” the rapper-turned-actor simply replied. “The music got goofy to me. The kids started looking weird. It all turned into something I wasn’t comfortable with.”
Ice-T, born Tracy Lauren Marrow, began his music career in the 1980s as an underground rapper before he went mainstream.
There’s a giant difference between the time he was actively releasing music and now, but Ice-T revealed that way before the hip-hop game dramatically and drastically changed, he already felt it.
“There was a point where I was selling tons of records, then it cooled off. I felt a certain way,” he explained.
“Then I realized Public Enemy, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and Wu-Tang Clan weren’t selling records, either. There was a paradigm shift.”
Instead of shifting along with the new sound and culture of hip-hop, he decided to try his luck in a different industry altogether.
In hindsight, it seems like the move proved to be beneficial to the rapper, as he just earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, reports say.
“These kids got softer, and soft is not something I’m able to give audiences,” he remarked.
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Despite his success and now reluctance to return to his music career, Ice-T revealed that he actually wanted nothing to do with acting in the first place.
“I never wanted to act. I was ready to turn it down because they wanted me to play a cop, at the same time I’m putting out an album called ‘OG,'” the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star said.
“Are you kidding me? Play a cop? But my friends were like ‘Motherf**ker, if you turn this down, you’re a real-life sucker.’
“So, I did it. I didn’t know I was going to be successful at it.”
According to the Daily Mail UK, aside from his decades-long stint in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unite,” Ice-T has been in several other movies like 1991’s “New JackCity,” “Ricochet,” 1994’s “Surviving the Game,” and 2001’s “3000 Miles to Graceland.”
It seems like Ice-T is done with making and releasing music for good, although that doesn’t mean that he is no longer relevant in the game.
According to reports, the rapper still has the “Ice-T: Art of Rap” shows which became his legacy in hip-hop.
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