Belfast Telegraph

Ice-T's call to British rappers

Ice-T has declared that British rappers should try their luck in the US, because "the walls are coming down".

The hip-hop star and director of Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap reckons it is the right time for artists to head across the pond despite their contrasting backgrounds.

"I love British rappers, I just don't understand why it's so hard for them to cross the pond. I think it's a big opportunity now. Right now, Drake is big and he's from Canada. He was from Nickelodeon, so where is his street cred coming from?" he said.

"Our argument that we can't relate to your background doesn't stand any more, because one of our biggest artists is from Canada, and mother-f****** from Compton don't know s*** about Canada. So the walls are starting to come down."

Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Marrow, added: "It's time for a great British rapper to come and stomp through the United States. And there are some tough parts out here too, so I think it's possible."

The 54-year-old has been a fan of British rap for years, having signed hip-hop group Hijack to his Rhyme Syndicate record label in 1988.

"Hijack were one of the early hardcore rap groups from Britain, and it's weird. I mean, they have tremendous rappers out here, but the crossing over to the United States is strange," he said.

:: Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap and the accompanying soundtrack is out now.


From Belfast Telegraph