Hip-hop veteran Ice-T created quite a stir on Sunday after making statements about the self-proclaimed rap “boss” Rick Ross. In an interview Ice-T gave prior to the premiere of VH1’s”Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation,” he says Rick Ross (and many other rappers) are having an identity crisis.
“He thinks he’s [Freeway] Rick Ross, he thinks he’s Larry Hoover, he thinks he’s Big Meech, he thinks he’s MC Hammer, he thinks he’s Tupac. Like, who the f*ck are you really, dude?”
Ice T says many of today’s rappers glamorize a lifestyle that he wanted to escape at a young age.
“I don’t draw a line, I just try to tell the truth. If you tell the truth, itís gonna have a pro side and a con side. So I try to tell the full story, not just the story of when the hustlerís winning, but the trials and tribulations of the sñt he goes through.”
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