Ice T hit Soulja Boy: State of Rap not in ‘Ice Age’

26 06 2008

Isn’t it dumb for legendary Ice T, 49, who built a solid reputation in two decades, to ignite flames that could melt him? Or is Ice (T) too cold lately (being a retired rapper) that he thinks the best way to heat-up is to start a brawl with a hot rapper, Soulja Boy, 17? In what appeared to be (another) brewing rap-war between generational-gapped rappers: ‘old school’ Ice T accused ‘new school’ Soulja Boy of single-handedly killed hip-hop – in reference to Soulja Boy’s super-man lyric which Ice T dismissed as garbage. And then he told the boy to “eat a dick.” In entertainment industry where beefing between rappers has become a means to huge record sales, one who have thought that rivalry with fresh-face Soulja Boy would come from some new generation rappers but iconic rapper like Ice T.

No doubt, Ice T got it made even before Soulja Boy was born. And he (Ice T) bragged he is not looking for money – because he has all the money he could make. True, his success can not be disputed with eight albums and over thirty films under his belt; he is surely a force to reckon with in entertainment world. But it’s a colossal error for him to dis a rising artist like Soulja Boy. Among many reasons why “Ice” shouldn’t have melted so low are:

  • The two rappers are generations apart – 32 years difference is no joke. What worked in hip-hop during Ice T’s music career peak [hip-hop’s “Ice Age”] does not work nowadays, and vice versa.
  • Ice T should have been a mentor to the boy. Why not call the teenager and give advice instead of ranting him out publicly on YouTube.
  • For the fact that Soulja Boy was nominated for 2008 Grammy, Ice T, a music vet, should have known better the kid’s s#*t is tight – i.e. Soulja has huge following, at least among the youths, which could solidify him as a future mainstream rapper.
  • Ironically, Ice T is like “a ‘pot’ calling ‘kettle’ black.” Throwback, he helped pioneer raunchy lyrics mixed with gangster rap that glorify guns violent and degrade women. So on moral ground, little Soulja Boy beats Ice T.

The reasons list could go on. My view does not mean I am a fan of Soulja Boy, as I am too old for his lyric. Needless to say, I have Ice T’s music collection but none of Soulja Boy’s. I’m analyzing from Ice T fan’s standpoint which I am, but no too deeply. Ice T, a retired rapper who is now a full-time Hollywood actor should know that there would always be audience for any kind of music: good, shitty, cheesy or whatever. Music entertainment is a big pie, so to speak; and creative artists would always get their bites. Saying one rapper killed hip-hop is an understatement. Soulja Boy re-innovates hip-hop to his own style; otherwise his music wouldn’t be exploding. Word up!!

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“He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy’s life.” —-Friedrich Nietzsche

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I Like Big Bibles, I Can’t Lie

13 05 2008

Since the unprecedented emergence of YouTube.com, there has been explosion of YouTube wannabes. It appears some people have been creating just about any word with “tubic” ending. ’Tube’ has become one of the most used word in cyberspace given the numbers of website names with ‘tubic’ attachments. There is UTube.com which apparently was selling metal tube-piles, before YouTube came to life, but fell victim of unwanted popularity and was compelled to sell the name to opportunists who now provide services (some porn-like) similar to Youtube. Then there is YouTube.net which has parlayed its traffic into porno contents. And there are skew of Ls, Xs, or Ns Tube.com, to mention just a few, which are cyber-squatting or not necessary operating in good faith.

Thank God, someone smart enough to create GodTube.com as reported on NYTimes. Even though, there is rival name SatanTube, GodTube seems to be doing very well among the ‘tubic’ video sites with exception of the pioneer, Youtube. Personally, I like the motivating and hilarious contents GodTube provides compare to some useless contents that crowd YouTube. For religious folks who are wary of cyberspace, GodTube might be a perfect place to check, maybe to unwind. The following are some interesting videos on GodTube duplicated by Youtube.

Baby Got Book

9 Rules To Date My Daughter

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“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I dounderstand.” —-Mark Twain