I ain't got no beef with east coast, I think it's just being hyped up.— Ice T
The most massive Ice T quotes that are little-known but priceless
in the mornin' po-lice at my door Fresh adidas squeak across the bathroom floor Out the back window.. I make a escape Don't even get a chance to grab my old school tape
If you believe that I'm a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut.
I'm a big fan of all styles, even Biggie and Wu-Tang, but I gotta do my thing.
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.
It's just that when you heard hip-hop, no matter where you were, it was a culture that kind of made you want to try to be part of it. Whether you thought you were an artist, whether you thought you could be a DJ, whether you thought you could breakdance, or whether you thought you could rap. It was the kind of culture that had a lot of open doors.
A good emcee will rhyme a lot of different ways. Don't limit yourself.
...As an artist, you need the naysayers and the nonbelievers to add fuel to your creative fire.
The truth is, everybody I've ever met who's successful is a workaholic.
Real men hold themselves accountable for stuff.
Now everybody's bloggin'. I heard somebody say, "Blogging is just graffiti with punctuation." Everyone's an authority so there's nobody in power, 'cause everyone thinks they're in power.
Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls.
I've been pulled out of my nice new car and laid out in the street by the police, interrogated and then have them get in the car and roll off leaving me lying in the street without even saying 'Get up.' The humiliation that they can put on a black man because they determine that you ain't got the money.
It's like they want to shut rappers down.
They want to silence us. The Supreme Court says it's OK for a white man to burn a cross in public. But nobody wants a black man to write a record about a cop killer.
With the invention of the blog and all this Internet stuff, everybody has an opinion; everybody has a voice. In fact, there was a time when the average person didn't have a voice so you had to pick an artist to speak for you.
I'm a far cry from politically correct, because I don't really care what the political views are. I don't care what the people say. I'll say my opinion. That will always make you controversial.
The best way to compliment an emcee is to say his lyrics. That's how you say, "Hello."
Who can protect themselves from betrayal? The day your brother wakes up and plans to do you dirty, there's no defense against that.
Diet food is for lazy people.
I don't watch daytime television, I have a job, I work and, you know, I think daytime television is really for women.
You know, you'd hide behind a Public Enemy or Ice Cube, or Bruce Springsteen, or U2, because they spoke for you. But now everybody's bloggin'. I heard somebody say, "Blogging is just graffiti with punctuation." Everyone's an authority so there's nobody in power, 'cause everyone thinks they're in power.
An MC is somebody who can control the crowd.
An MC is a master of ceremonies so not only can you say your rap, you can rock the party.
I think what's happenin' is that, with the overflow of music, it's been diluted.
There was a time when people would go search out underground records. Now, underground means free, and people don't really care for it. So now artists tend to go more pop and look for the radio.
Redemption just means you just make a change in your life and you try to do right, versus what you were doing, which was wrong.
Arnold Schwarzenegger blew away dozens of cops as the Terminator.
But I don't hear anybody complaining about that.
You could be a Green Beret and a kid could jump out from behind a building and hit you with a rock. No matter how tough you become in the military, there's a way to die: there's nothing safe about it.
What I'm trying to tell people is that police brutality in the 'hood is nothing new. And the thing is that whether this guy, the cop killer in my song, is real or not, believe it, there are people at that point.
AIDS is such a scary thing and it's also the kind of thing that you think won't happen to you. It can happen to you and it's deadly serious.
If it sells, it sells. If it doesn't sell, I'll go make a movie.
I was doing the wrong thing, at the time I thought I was doing the right thing.
It's like if you're dealing with somebody who is high on drugs, they can look back at it and say, "Wow, I was destroying myself." But during the period, they think they're doing the right thing. You just have to let the smoke clear so you can see the whole picture.
Hip-hop is the fountain of youth. You just don't grow up if you were there. My son's 20. I'm on the same channel he's on. We wear the same clothes, we feel the same thing. It's a weird, weird generation we're in right now.
Rap music came along and saved my life.
I started to tell the stories of the streets and that was my way out.
I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Summit, an upscale town in north Jersey. There was this tiny area of Summit where most of the black families lived. My parents and I lived in a duplex house on Williams Street.
You have the core hip-hop, which would just be beats and breaks, more something like what you hear with DJ Premier. Then you get into the more highly produced hip-hop, which is something like what DJ Khaled does. But at some point, it starts to get kind of pop.
I'll never sell 14 million like Hammer, I just wanna do a good Ice-T show.
You know, the radio never wanted you to speak about anything, so the music is kinda influenced by the hands of the radio which wants to homogenize it and dilute it and sanitize it. And for the most part, nobody's takin' the time to seek out the cats that are still tryin' to talk, so they have a difficult time being heard.
There is no such thing as a normal family so don't trip off it, just deal with it.
I don't have to put out another rap record. I can do it at my casual pace.
Oh man, nobody is as tough as Mr T. Ice T is pretty tough though as well.
The next day, I got a phone call from him and he told me to come and read for a movie called New Jack City. So I went over there and they told me I was gonna wear dreads and play a cop.
I'm pretty open book, I'm also the kind of person that will say, 'That's none of your business,' too.
It's not about being mad at everything. It's about being really mad at the right things.
A lot of people play single to work some angle.
I'm always about keeping it real. If that's how I'm living, that's how I'm living.
I'd say people are victims of circumstances and they're limited to the opportunities that they see. Even though there might be more opportunities, you might not see them. You might just think, "I don't have any options." You usually go to the dark side, in that situation.
My mother passed when I was in the third grade, my father when I was in the seventh, and that's when I was shipped to Los Angeles to live with an aunt.
That's basically the gangster code. Just be yourself. Just be you, dog. The easiest way to get your card plucked around a gangster is to be a fake. If we feel like you're trying too hard, if you're trying to act like you're from the street, you're in trouble.
When I first got into the rap game, I had an early dream of unifying rappers.
Before rap came along, I was, actually, actively in the streets;
getting in trouble, doing the wrong thing.
When I was younger I never drank. I never drank, I never did any weed or drugs or anything because I felt it would compromise my position. I was an orphan, and I had a feeling like if I ever hit the ground I may never get back up.