Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ice T: Teach Soulja Boy about the Industry


Short note from Dr. Boyce Watkins

I was thinking a little harder on this issue between Ice T and Soulja Boy.  One of the things that I have to agree with Ice on is that Soulja Boy's music is commercialized hip hop, not the style that Ice T and others are used to.  Ice has to remember, however, that he had his share of haters back in the 80s when he was the first to cuss on a record.  Alot of people didn't consider that to be hip hop either.

Secondly, if Soulja Boy's music is empty and commercialized, perhaps Ice T and others should be reminded that it is not the artist that decides what music is gonna get released, it's the executives at the label.  Soulja Boy was broke, and he couldn't afford to take a stand for "true hip hop" when he needed to feed his family.

Ice T needs to keep that in mind.

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