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Ice T Explains What Turned Hip Hop Into “Pop Music”, Favorite MCs + More

(AllHipHop News) Ice T has already been known to say anything so it is no surprise that the “Cop Killer” rapper appeared on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything session. During the session, T answered anonymous fans’ questions about his view on the current state of gangster rap, his favorite rappers and more.

During the chat, one of the originators of West Coast gangster rap claims that today’s Hip Hop is not as dangerous and is essentially “POP Music”. According to T, it is the radio stations and artists’ proclivity to appeasing radio formats to blame:

Radio won… If you make music to fit into a radio format it will end up POP.

T also names Chuck D and Ice Cube as his favorite rappers, as well as names Dr. Dre and DJ Premier as the producers he respects the most.

Check out all of T’s answers at the Ask Me Anything Session.

  • kermitdahustla

    hip hop was always aimed at the youth but it seems to have gotten worse everything now is teenybopper music to dance to and sing along

  • MrNoName2K

    He aint lying!!

  • Malik

    Again, Dre’s name shouldn’t be put in the same conversation as Primo’s, they don’t do the same thing #IJS

    • FatherSha_

      True. People will disagree but it’s true.

    • Brindle

      dre produces and engineers, primo produces and engineers… both sample, Primo’s better at cutting the samples but they do the samething…

      • Pierre Elliott

        NO DRE IS A COPY AND LIFT MACHINE…

        ALL DRE DOES IS HIRE A BAND TO ***PLAY** THE SO CALLED SAMPLES————-HALF IF NOT EVERYTHING DRE HAS EVER DONE—IS BASED IN SOMEONES ***OTHER*** WORK..

        ATLEAST PRIMO CUTS AND CHOPS AND MAKES SOMETHING NEW

        DRE IS A SONG LIFTER/ STEALER

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  • $18559328

    ice t your era is over it’s a young boys game now

    • Rico

      Although I respect your right to have an opinion, its that mindset that is whats wrong with Hip Hop today. Music is timeless. I can still listen to a record from decades ago and appreciate it, without the artist being currently relevant.

      Just imagine you start a company that is prospering. 20 years down the line you sell some of your shares, and the new blood comes in wanting to almost completely change what you built! Lets say the company is bigger, but not as ‘authentic’ and true to the values you had for your company. That new blood starts to call your ways ‘Old, Irrelevant, or worse a ‘Hater’. Point Im making is just because something is new, doesn’t necessarily make it better.

      And dont get it twisted, Im not sitting around listening to Ice T, NWA, Big Daddy Kane daily, reminiscing about the old days. However, we also cant knock our elders when they put us in check for a good cause.

    • Pierre Elliott

      YOURE A CLOWN

    • Brindle

      but these young boys suck… he try’n help them do better

    • Truth Powell

      That’s his point. His era was harder and had more of an edge to it. Powerful music was being made. These “young boys” aren’t dangerous.

  • Black Jay

    I agree with Ice. But that’s America for you. Worship the young and throw away the old. Every one of the dudes that talk that “You’re old” stuff needs to take a trip overseas and see how some countries treat their musicians. Their contributions and music is respected until death. THE MUSIC AND THE MUSICIAN. Not until the next hot thing comes along.

  • i’mreloaded!

    Yep, white label heads putting out buffoonery, no matter how damaging to the youths minds just to make more money. Modern day slavery mentality. Why you think people like Lupe, Common, Mos Def,, etc. don’t get any push from labels. Because they aren’t down with making all dumbed down ignorant ish the radio calls music. Only dude getting any radio play dat actually touches on anything is J Cole.

  • Pierre Elliott

    THING IS———-WHEN DUDES LIKE ICE T COME OUT AND SAY SOMETHING OR ANY DUDE *YOUNG* DUDE DONT LIKE IT—-ITS ALWAYS BITTER OLD MAN..

    THOSE ARE WORDS OF A DUMB PERSON WHO HAS NO WORDS TO ARGUE AND HAS NO MERIT—–THING IS—-*OLD DUDES* IS BOUT TO COME BACK AND SHOW YOU HOW TO DO IT………. WHY WOULD OUR GEN HATE WE GOT MORE PAPER THAN YOU——STILL OUT RHYME OUT FCUK OUT SMOKE OUT DANCE YOU.
    WE GOT ALLLLL THE LEGENDS, NAME ONE LEGEND OF THIS WACK WHITE POP GENERATION?? OOOOPS YOU DONT HAVE ANY…..

    ALL OF YOUR LEGENDS ARE *******OURS*********

    ALL THE DUDES YOUR MOM WAS PLAYIN ON THE CD PLAYER WHILE SHE GAVE HEAD—–

    SO IF ANYTHING—-SIT BACK AND LEARN HOW ITS REALLY DONE.

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  • Willie Stewart II

    Pierre you seem pretty pissed off my dude. Calm down. I feel what you sayin but I don’t think old ass niggas like Ice T are gonna make any kind of come back. The only old niggas that can stay relevant is Jay Z and Snoop. And most of those legends you talk about weren’t legends when they first dropped. They became legends with time. Give our generation some time and we’ll see how many of these rappers stand the test of time. Just remember that if you don’t invest in future generations then you have no future. Older generations can’t carry hip hop forever.

    • TruthSerum

      The Difference now is that back in the day major labels like Interscope and Warner Brothers put their money behind more aggressive and Unrestrained artists like 2pac and Ice Cube. That’s how they became legends. It’s not that way anymore, these days if your music is deemed offensive by anybody, your pretty much doomed to the underground and the best you can hope for is a long career catering to a cult following.

      If Public Enemy were to put out “It takes a Nation” today, it would never come out on a label like Def Jam with distribution from Universal. It would come out Independent, NO FM Rap station would ever play it. nobody outside the internet Blogosphere would no it exists and, if they were lucky, they might wind up selling 100K based on online word of mouth like Immortal Technique does. The days of a “Dangerous” rapper being supported by the music industry are dead and gone.

      That’s the game now……… Not to hate or sound bitter, It just is what it is, Those major labels in the 90’s got all kinds of political pressure and had to Clean up their image, their only interested in putting out Safe rappers who don’t scare anybody, or Rappers that are to stupid to be an influence on anybody.

      They did the same thing to punk rock, Initially supporting bands like The Sex Pistols and Bad Brains, and slowly but surely draining the message out of it, keeping the look and sound, to give us Green Day and Blink 182 instead… Keep the style, kill the meaning

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  • Scott Yu

    his wife a hoe … his opinion dont matter now

  • Elayorx El

    Hmm, T tellin it, and it is bittersweet, because ain’t nuffin like puttin on the radio, especially in the whip, and for free, experiencing some soul moving Hip-Hop, while floating down the freeway. I still try to do that, but the experience is few, and far between now, and that’s coming from someone who is unbiased, and transcends the whole “school” thing. It really is an embarrassing shame how we scoff at one another, within the realm of the exact same “tribe”, if you will. I mean just to use the skater culture as a quick example, those folks are supremely respectful of each other, treating those that came before almost like Gods, and we’re talking people who continue to skate in their 40’s, and 50’s.(no typo) Just hanging, vibing, teaching, and learning, with the younger gen, but you couldn’t tell by just looking, because that’s how organic it actually is. No hate, no shade, no judgement, none of that BS, with major events going on to this day. I really do understand our cultural history here, which does play a substantial role in all of this, but this is starting to get REALLY bad, and I just know how lost, and ridiculous we look. I hate to repeat it, but we all pretty much know that the PH(player hater) era really drove this into some serious momentum, to what we have today. Too many came in with the intention of pimping Hip-Hop, and that also made a hefty contribution. T touched on it though; what do you expect from a commodity driven society? Now, having said that, that still should not have any bearing on how we treat our trailblazers, regardless of what the industry does. Respect to Ice T, and our family in the West.

  • Mitea

    DR. DRE IS THE GOD OF RECORD PRODUCER. PERIOD! DJ PREMIERE??? WHO THE F*CK IS THIS NIGGA???

    • U.P.T.nw4eva

      Lol how you gonna ask who DJ Premier is? You are part of what’s wrong with hip hop because if you knew a Gotdam thing about it you would know Premier was in Gangstarr and his beats and production is Legendary! Read up on the greats before you dick ride. P.S. Dre ain’t all that great, D.J.Quik is the best from the West and I’m an Eastcoast cat. BTW Dre took credit for The Chronic when it was actually Daz who made the beats. Dre did nothing but recycle Eastcoast beats and add a baseline or an 808. DJ. Yella also helped that nigga but he gets no credit. Your hero wore make up and eye liner also lol

      • HiThere

        Idiot, we all know that Premier’s name is not Premiere. That’s what he meant..

      • Willie Stewart II

        I think you’re the idiot. Nobody spelled DJ premier’s name wrong except for him and it’s not a direct reply to anybodies post. He also said Dre is the god of record producer whatever the hell that means so it’s obvious that he came on here to dick ride Dre.

      • HiThere

        I think we both are idiots for even replying to his post. :(

      • superh8

        He a lil cracker training 2 bcome a wigga

    • superh8

      Ur 1 dumbass lil cracker.

  • eddieknucks

    I agree with Ice. Primo is a beast. Dre made history but it’s up for debate because he didn’t actually produce a lot of his hits. Just took credit. I think 187 aka Hutch is a better producer as far as originality. That just coming out the west. This shit that’s out now sound like its of an assembly line. Plus a lot of the beats aren’t complex. Any cat with less than half of rap skills can spit to em. Go head and try. You’ll see. My ole lady freestyled on a Rick Ross beat and sounded decent, AND SHE CANT RAP!

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  • poetas mcs

    pode crer!! me lembro desse mano aqui no Brasil na favela do Capão Redondo nos anos 90 e falo uma coisa pra quem segue lê e comenta por aqui. a referencia sempre vai ser os USA para rap mas aqui no Brasil o rap é o mesmo dos anos 90 e não foi ou é visionário mas o público mudou e as ações dos rappers não… sim claro, somo atrasados no mínimo uns 30 anos referente a música rap mundial… mal somos lembrados mais é algo incomum no mundo inteiro.. os problemas seguem sendo os mesmo, ainda precisamos de cotas para estudar, saúde precária e moradia… aqui o rap gangsta prossegue! Poetas Mc´s (são paulo, Brasil)

    • Rico

      Yea!!………. What he said ^