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Ice-T has reappeared from the abyss to name drop and slang shade while promoting his new documentary ‘The Art of Rap’ premiering June 15th. When it comes to female rapper Nicki Minaj, Ice-T tells Rolling Stone she is more like a Busta Rhymes than Lil Kim.
I admit I always hated those math stories that require you to figure out with how somebody formed their conclusion but this one definitely takes the cake. You can try to figure it out yourself if you want to. Or, you can just cheat and find the answer below.
Just last week, Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg dissed Nicki Minaj by implying that her song “Starships” isn’t “real hip-hop,” and she responded by pulling out of her headlining slot at Summer Jam. Some have applauded him, while others say his point of view is outdated. What do you think “real hip-hop” is?
I think it’s all “real hip-hop.” 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. It goes into this other realm.
Nicki went on tour with Britney Spears, so she’s on another channel. But to me, it all comes from hip-hop; it’s like a growth of hip-hop, whether you agree with that growth or not. Like me, I’m not the biggest Nicki Minaj fan but I think she can rhyme. She does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions – but she’s no Lil Kim. I think when people say “real hip-hop,” they want it more buried in the streets. They want it more connected to the streets and the grime and the roughness of the streets. They don’t want the fluff.
How can artists talk or represent the streets when they’ve physically and financially moved beyond that? Is that real or inauthentic?
It’s fake. Me, I’ve always tried to stay current with my life. As my life grew, my raps grew with it. Rap is like any other art form. There will be critics. For Rosenberg to step out and make that statement, we know people will say, “You out of pocket anyway. You a Jewish kid trying to talk about hip-hop and its realness.” He’s probably taking a shitstorm of hell, like, “What do you know about real hip-hop?” I know Rosenberg and he’s what you call a hip-hop head – he knows hip-hop backwards and forwards. There’s always going to be that dilemma. Me, I think it all comes from the same seed.