Posts Tagged ‘ice-t

11
Oct
08

Albums That Need to Be Reissued

There’s nothing asshole label heads love more than reissuing old albums they somehow scored the rights to, forcing you to dig deep into your pockets for a Jackson just to hear an “alternative mix” with a different snare. How exciting!

It’s true, reissues generally add nothing to classics (Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On) at best, and corrupt masterpieces at worst (Michael Jackson, Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition). But I’m confident that this could be rectified by sitting these label execs the fuck down and schooling them on what albums they actually need to be reissuing, instead of just dragging out the 15th Thriller reissue.

What follows is a list that does just such a thing. Now get on it!

Schoolly D Schoolly D / Saturday Night! The Album

What, the founder of gangsta rap don’t get no love? Both of these albums are out-of-print and impossible to find unless you get a bootleg or drop 100 big ones on eBay for some old-ass, beat up copies.

It’s ridiculous that young heads can’t get a legit copy of the album with “PSK What Does It Mean?” and “Gucci Time” on it. I hear shifty-ass Jive Records may have reissued them a while back, but without all of Schoolly D‘s tracks, and with the two albums all mixed together out of order.

Fuck that, release a 2 disc set, make the first disc Saturday Night! and the second disc Schoolly D. Or, if you can’t afford to press that up, do like the Amerikkka’s Most Wanted /Kill At Will reissue and just put the two albums on the same disc, but in the right order.

Come on, this is a hip hop legend, sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, The Notorious BIG, and Jim Jones.

He’s relevant, he’s talented. Reissue these.

Ice-T Power

Ice-T is a beast, and this is far and away his strongest effort. However, it has a huge, gaping hole right in the middle of it. Colors, Ice-T’s best song aside from 6 N The Morning, doesn’t appear on any of his studio albums, just his greatest hits collection and the Colors soundtrack (good luck finding that). There isn’t a better album to put it on than Power – they have the same punchy, funkadelic synths and smoothed-out Ice-T flow.

Sure, it’s only one bonus track, but if you’ve heard Colors, you know that that the addition of that one track would elevate Power from classic to masterpiece.

One thing, though: you can’t just tack it on at the end of the album, that would fuck up the story told in the intro and outro. Put it between “Girls LGBNAF” and “High Rollers,” maybe?

Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle / Over the Counter

Death Row’s dropped two Doggystyle reissues already, but they didn’t do it proper. All of the skits are mixed into the songs (incredibly frustrating, trust me), and Gz Up, Hoes Down is nowhere to be found (actually, it was nowhere to be found after early pressings). It’s sort of nice to know that I own the best version of Doggystyle around (purhcased on eBay), but at the same time, it sucks that the world can’t enjoy this classic like it should.

And I’m sure I’m not the only Snoop fan fiending for his unreleased debut album, Over the Counter. All we got is a 5-track bootleg of it. Give us the full thing on a second disc, maybe tack on all those Doggystyle outtakes floating around YouTube, too.

Whoever it is bought (buys?) the rights to Death Row’s catalogue owes it to hip hop to make this happen.

It’s already been reissued, but after hearing the recently leaked OG Edition, I’m sold on the idea of another go at it. I’m sure Puff would be up for it, since money’s involved. Maybe he could buy his jet back.

What else deserves a proper reissue? Talk on it.

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15
Sep
08

Nelly: “Ice-T [is] a Fucking Old Geezer”

Just when I thought this whole Ice-T vs. Soulja Boy thing was dead, in comes Nelly calling Ice-T an “old motherfucker” (on a slightly unrelated note, don’t forget to check Big Snoop Dogg’s take on this shit – whenever he talks on Soulja Boy, he has me rolling -his interviews are here and here).

Before we get into how full of shit Nelly is, let’s have a quick recap on this whole situation. Ice-T had a skit on a mixtape where he claimed that Soulja Boy “single-handedly killed hip hop,” saying his music is “garbage.” He also attacked Hurricane Chris, but later claimed that he did so only out of anger, not because he has any problem with Chris. Soulja Boy responded, calling him old and giggling with all his little friends like a fucking schoolgirl and Chris didn’t respond (earning him major points in my book). Ice-T came back with a video saying he shouldn’t have told Soulja Boy to eat a dick, but reiterating that his music is wacker than a motherfucker. Along the way, videos of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and KRS-One, among others, cropped up on the internet (hit up YouTube), where they weighed in and pretty consistently took the fence-sitting position that Ice is right, but shouldn’t have said it (except Snoop, who was with Ice all the way).

It pretty much died down, and I haven’t heard anything about it in weeks, but now that Nelly has a new album coming out that no one gives half a shit about, he thought he’d diss Ice-T to try and persuade some more teenage girls to buy his album, seeing that he’s down with Soulja Boy.

Now, watching the video, you’ll notice that Nelly’s comments aren’t quite as full of shit as, say, Kanye West’s, but still pretty full of shit.

The gist of what Nelly’s trying to get across is that Ice-T shouldn’t be calling Soulja Boy garbage because he’s too old for his music and when he was young, he probably had old folk telling him the music he bumped was garbage.

Nelly almost has a point, but Ice-T isn’t calling for a boycott of Soulja Boy’s music or anything of the sort. He’s calling it garbage, which it is. It’s his personal opinion, and a pretty valid one, too.

Besides, Nelly isn’t really the kind of guy who disses a legend to make a point. He does it to sell records.

Remember Nelly vs. KRS-One?

28
Jul
08

Song of the Day: Ice-T – “Colors”

(I know, I just had 6 n the Morning as a song of the day. It’s hard not to repeat artists like Ice-T that have such amazing dicographies)

07
Jul
08

Soulja-Boy.Net on The Ice-T / Soulja Boy Beef

(Soulja Boy being “intimidating.”)

Whoever (I assume) runs Soulja-Boy.Net recently dropped by to say this on my post about the Soulja/Ice-T beef where I agreed that Soulja Boy should eat a dick:

“Soulja boy is a new level of hip hop. We need to have something for the new generation to relate to because we didn’t grow up when Ice-t did. No disrespect to Ice-t or anything. I mean Soulja boy maybe a no Nas but he is new school. I think all this beef needs to stop between rappers. Can’t they just make money and do positive stuff for their co-rappers?”

Here’s my response.

“Soulja boy is a new level of hip hop.”

As Joell Ortiz put it on the song “Hip-Hop”, “Hey, do me a favor, accidentally step on your white sunglasses. This is hip-hop, we don’t do that here.”

We also don’t write on those same shitty glasses.

But, nah, on the real, I can’t think of anything remotely hip-hop about Soulja Boy except that the words he mumbles almost rhyme and that he wears huge clothes.

He’s also not the new or next level on anything. Except the new low.

“We need to have something for the new generation to relate to because we didn’t grow up when Ice-t did. No disrespect to Ice-t or anything. I mean Soulja boy maybe a no Nas but he is new school.”

My generation needs repping, but Soulja Boy isn’t it.

He’s not hip-hop and he’s not a representation my generation. He can rep shitty pop music, but keep his name out of my gen’s legacy. Shit.

Ya can’t fuckin’ accept anything just cuz it’s new. If that happened, every shitty Soulja Boy on Soundclick would be runnin’ across MTV right now. I did a post on that (“Hip-Hop Needs Standards”).

“I think all this beef needs to stop between rappers. Can’t they just make money and do positive stuff for their co-rappers?”

No. Partly cuz we’re all haters at heart, partly cuz we don’t like to support people that suck. If you were a doctor, you wouldn’t stock shitty medicine or preach malpractice just because someone else in your profession could benefit, would you?

Besides, no one wants to be associated with wack shit like Soulja Boy. Respect is earned, motherfucker.

He got his money exploiting rich white girls who like dances and think Soulja Boy is “dangerous.”

He got his money. He can’t get respect as easy as painting glasses and saying the name of his song over and over again while doing some bullshit dance. He’s gotta earn that shit, homie.

And he hasn’t earned it. He has earned nothing. Not even the money he got.

Even if he were halfway respectable, he has no business shitting on Ice-T. Ice-T, since I’m assuming you don’t know who he is, either, is an OG in the rap game. He’s untouchable. It’s like making a diss track against KRS-One or Run-DMC.

Speaking of which, this is a lot like that stupid KRS-One/Nelly beef.

And that’s that.

24
Jun
08

Soulja Boy – “Crank That Ice-T”

Well, there you have it. Soulja Boy responded to Ice-T’s new video, and although this shit, “Crank That Ice-T”, is put together reasonably well, it just pulls the “you’re old” shit again.

Eat a dick, Soulja Boy.

22
Jun
08

Hip-Hop Needs Some Standards (Let The Hating Begin)

(Scarface’s policy on shitty music: “ I’ll never talk a nigga down, do yo’ thang dawg! Never hate a dude for tryin, that’s insane dawg, Get yo’ motherfuckin money, that’s the thang dawg” That’s fine, ‘Face, but what about when they try and completely, utterly fucking suck… Is it cool to hate then?)

I’ve been reading up on reactions to this whole Ice-T vs. Soulja Boy beef shit, and it’s mostly a bunch of people saying “Well, yeah, Ice-T’s right, but he shouldn’t hate on someone young making money, even if they’re garbage.”

Fuck that.

Is this the standards we judge our music on? Really? “Well, are they making money?”

Music isn’t good or even passable just because it might help someone with money. We need to have some motherfucking standards for our shit. We can’t just give ever ringtone retard a pass because he makes a little dough.

Hustling is one thing, where it fucking matters if they make the money, but shit, hip-hop is an art form. We can’t embrace everything that comes along like that.

Wack shit is wack shit, and it’s about time heads recognized that shit.

22
Jun
08

Ice-T Responds To Soulja Boy, Rips Him A New Asshole

 

T destroys Soulja Boy. Again.

Of course, T is completely and utterly right. He does apologize for telling him to eat a dick, mostly because of their age difference, but continues to reiterate how completely wack Soulja Boy is.

T… thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

It’s about fucking time.

Scarface should have shitted on this little fuck in XXL when Soulja was given a chance to ask him, the greatest thing (rap or otherwise) to ever come out of the South and one of the gods of the game, any question, he asked him “What did you think about my song?” Shit. Face should have sounded off on him right then and there, but he has a policy on not hating on someone making money.

Also, Ice-T’s kid pops up at the end and says he’s younger than his father, so he can tell him: eat a dick.

Might I add, you arrogant little bitch?

Unfortunately, Soulja will still sell as his 15 minutes wind down as long as their are suburban white girls trying to be ironic by listening to hip-hop.

Fuck Soulja Boy. Speaking as a true head within your age bracket, eat a dick.