Aug 072012

The track that Iceberg did with Brother Marquis, the one that Jay-Z lazily took big bites out of years later, is classic. Never seen this before, though.

Maybe ’cause I’ve never been a fan. 2 Live Crew are OK, but missing that boom and that cold mechanical sexy that I normally associate with Miami Bass and similar styles. Seriously, their songs sample guitars and shit.

During my endless hours researching this article, I also discovered that 2 Live Crew were pioneering that pants-hanging-below-your-nutsack lifestyle a quarter of a century before Main Attrakionz rocked shows in the Bay Area, or Slim Dunkin (R.I.P.) graced the cover of this mixtape. And them FILA shoes are sick.

Jul 312012

Nah, not about Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force.

Without a doubt the best hiphop documentary I’ve ever seen. Revealing and inspiring interviews with Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, RZA, Too Short, B-Real, the real AZ, the real Rick Ross, and others sprinkled throughout.

Narrated by the legendary Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow.

How do you know if a rapper is lying?

Real drug dealers will tell you to not sell drugs, to do better with your life.

Jun 162012

Satt å snöa på Ice tidigare idag och hittade en video där han och Jello Biafra från Dead Kennedys är med i Oprah..
De handlar väl om att den kristna höger och polisen vill förbjuda rap/hiphop artister. Något som jag tror Sverige verkligen känner igen. Videon är säker 15 år gammal men är fortfarande relevant. Ice och Biafra droppar game.

Apr 132012

Har väntat på denna länge. Ice-t är rätt person för detta.

Vid sina 54 år är han ännu den mes spirituellt inspirerande och intellektuellt givmilda personen inom hiphop. Han borde ha varit programledare för YO! MTV Raps, inte Fab 5 Freddy…

Älskar när Raekwon säger “put some dignity behind your rhymes…”

Feb 072012

as we walked thru the crowd,,, they threw bills in the air…

It’s a new day, but it’s the same old shit… poetry in motion…

Straight off the stove de la casa Bobby Brown Puerto Ricano… AKA Eastside Stevie AKA Yams Rothstein… coming straight outta Harlem…



Sep 222010


(så här långt liksom… jag får återkomma…)

Jun 182010

Back around the year 1993, in my tiny hometown on Sweden’s second coast, my ears suddenly burst wide open for rap music. My best friend had Naughty By Nature’s first tape, which I copied and played all day. Then I bought Doggystyle, which I’m still playing. Friends provided me with taped copies of Black Sunday and Välkommen till förorten (and I got the t-shirts, the VHS tapes, and tried to never miss an episode of YO! MTV Raps)

Those who were cooler than me listened to Ice-T – “the final level of the game“. Though the New Jersey-born, Los Angeles-bred rapper had reached his peak some years before, he still out-hypnotized newcomers Snoop, Warren G and Dogge Doggelito with pure iconic power.

After yesterday’s ponytail chock (the last one to rock the pimped out 80s swagger has given in, I am told), I knew I had to pull out some classic Iceberg material while cleaning up the apartment. His five first albums are so strong (and the following three, all the way up to Gangsta Rap are surprisingly worthwhile). My favorite is Original Gangster, but today it was time for The Iceberg / Freedom Of Speech… Just Watch What You Say.

The production on this album is an interesting synthesis of Marley Marl’s James Brown-interpretations, the riot funk of The Bomb Squad, and the ice cold electro beats that Ice-T had been rapping over on Reckless and Colors. You have to love the thick moog-basslines nestling through the dense soundwall of Lethal Weapon, the hectic drum programming on Hit The Deck.

Besides acting as a spokesperson for his generation, his social class, his city – never afraid of breaking taboos, mixing genres, and telling stories nobody wanted but everybody needed to hear, that is, executing the Gangsta Rap formula to its fullest – Ice-T was also an ambassador. He showed it by putting on east coast talent such as Lord Finesse and Everlast (and smelly old punk rockers like Jello Biafra!), always bigging up peers Big Daddy Kane, Public Enemy, BDP, Slick Rick, Too Short – but also by encouraging dialogue on wax. Freedom Of Speech has two good examples of this: You Played Yourself and This One’s For Me.

In the first he does something that’s very healthy for the music, but frowned upon these days. They call it hating, but it should be called telling the truth, and not caring about who you piss off – even your own people. Tracy Marrow introduces the listener to the dumb rapper, the failed mack, the spoiled rapper, and the drug addict. This kind of moral folklore is arguably the most important thing in rap music, but the industry has all but deleted it.

How you gonna drop science? You’re dumb
Stupid ignorant, don’t even talk to me
At school you dropped Math, Science and History
And then you get on the mic and try to act smart
Well let me tell you one thing, you got heart
To perpetrate, you’re bait, so just wait
Till the press shove a mic in your face
Or you meet Boogie Down or Chuck D
Stetsasonic or the Big Daddy
And they ask you about the game you claim you got
Drop science now, why not?
You start to sweat and fret, it gets hot
How’d you get into this spot?

You played yourself…
Yo, yo, you played yourself…


Spendin’ money’s what I’m talkin’ about
But you fool out, your pockets got blew out
And after the date, no boots, you got threw out
Mad and shook cos your duckets got took
Call her up, phone’s off the hook
But who told you to front and flaunt your grip?
You can’t buy no relationship

You played yourself…
Yo, homeboy, you played yourself…


You think you’ve made it, you’re just a lucky man
Guess who controls your destiny, fans
But you diss ‘em cos you think you’re a star
That attitude is rude, you won’t get far
Cos they’ll turn on you quick, you’ll drop like a brick
Unemployment’s where you’ll sit
No friends cos you dissed ‘em too
No money, no crew, you’re through

You played yourself…
That’s right, you played yourself…
You played yourself…
Yo, yo, you played yourself…


And then you get an idea for a big move
An armed robbery…smooth
But everything went wrong, somebody got shot
You couldn’t get away, the cops roll, you’re popped
And now you’re locked, yo, lampin’ on Death Row
Society’s fault? No
Nobody put the crack into the pipe
Nobody made you smoke off your life
You thought that you could do dope and still stay cool? Fool.

You played yourself…
You played yourself…
Ain’t nobody else’s fault, you played yourself.

Chuck D once called rap the black CNN. Using the music and the culture to come to terms with problems, talking them out and drawing out plans, doesn’t seem to be part of the plan now. Even an underground legend like Bumpy Knuckles, who once proposed the formation of a hiphop government, prefers twittering over talking man to man. An open dialogue, an all-attended conference, is what’s needed the most. A first step is making more songs like this, bringing back honesty and substance (and getting better at conversating).

Now I’m known and respect as creator of the crime rhyme;
but my lyrics are deeper
Because I’m the one that makes you think before make a move
I wrote “Pusher”, “High Rollers”, and “Colors” just to prove
that I could kick game, and drop knowledge at the same time
But one L.A. station wouldn’t play my records one time
I’m tryin to save my community
but these bourgeoise blacks keep on doggin me
They don’t care about violence, drugs and gangs
KJLH, you ain’t about nuttin
You just a bunch of punk bourgeoise black suckers
and this one’s for me


That’s what the matter with black people anyway
We ain’t down with nothin, I don’t care what you say
yell or lie, don’t even bother
How low will a brother go for a dollar?


I gotta speak my mind, it’s time to unload
on this so-called government we’ve got
If I lied like them, I think I’d get shot
They sell drugs to kids and say it’s us
And when the cops are crooks, who can you trust?
You only see young brothers in a drug bust
Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust
My homey got a year for an ounce of weed
while Bush sells weapons to the enemy
You gotta be stone blind not to see
“Our government is honest!” Nigga, please
Cocaine can’t be made in the United States
Kickin facts like this our government hates
The young kids on the streets ain’t the enemy
They’re just ghetto youth after money
They sell drugs, but who sells drugs to them?
Try the C.I.A. my friend
or the F.B.I. or even Bush
Somebody’s gettin rich, damn sure ain’t us
We’re just killin ourselves while others laugh
Look at the street, it’s a cocaine bloodbath
We gotta realize dope is pure death
Mess with drugs, you’re breathin your last breath
Sellin drugs is straight up genocide
They’re gonna laugh, while we all die

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