Ice-T says Hip-Hop's in 'uncharted territory' approaching 50 years: 'Do you age out of Hip-Hop?'

Plus, who is on his Mount Rushmore of Hip-Hop
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Ice-T recently called to chat with V-103’s The Big Tigger Morning Show to talk about parenthood, his new podcast, and the celebration of 50 years of Hip-Hop, so let’s get into the whole conversation.

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Chatting about his, Daily Game podcast, Ice-T revealed the idea came from doing essentially the same thing on Twitter.

Using the handle @FINALLEVEL, Ice would “drop game every day, getting people to come back to my Twitter page. So the podcasts are only like 3 minutes long, me dropping the jewels and then I explain the jewels.” So Ice will say something like “It seems like you’re going in circles, it’s probably cause you’re cutting corners… And then I break the game down and that’s it. You can take it or leave it — and it comes on every day.”

Discussing the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, Ice-T quipped, “Ay man, Hip-Hop’s got great hair, I think its a beautiful thing. I think the trip in turning 50 is were hitting terrain that we never hit before. We don’t really know, do you age out of Hip-Hop? Because I think I’m the oldest rapper. So, do you age or … or just rap forever?”

“I think we’re learning a lot about where Hip-Hop is gonna go cause now we’re in uncharted territory,” Ice went on. “But it’s still a beautiful thing, it’s still strong, and I’m just proud to be part of it, we killed the GRAMMYs, and it’s still hot. I’m still touring… still doing Ice-T shows with Cube and everybody, we out on the road, so it’s all good.”

When choosing who’d be on his Mount Rushmore of Hip-Hop, Ice goes with those who have influenced him. Listing off Melle Mel, “because until I heard ‘The Message’ I didn’t know you could put knowledge into a song. Followed by Rakim, who “made me understand about a flow,” and Public Enemy who helped him realize that Hip-Hop was more than just rapping about “gangster s***.” And finally Ice Cube, who showed him that “this could be something big on the West Coast.”

While Ice considers the aforementioned to be the most influential, his particular tastes lean towards “the gangster rappers,” sharing his favorite is Mobb Deep.

To hear more of what Ice had to say including how he doesn’t pay attention to what people have to say about his family and parenting style, “unless a friend said it,” plus what it's like juggling work life and fatherhood, being a girl dad, and more - listen to the entire interview above.

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