Posts Tagged ‘Ice-T’

Legendary Exits Re-visited

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, TV Shows on September 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Biggie & Tupac are still gone.
They left a gang of music & prophetic quotes to carry on.

Not just in one or two — but in many songs
Though in a  few we’ve got two that will explore some of the wrongs

that went along and may have co-facilitated the icons earthly exits;
Therefore WHO SHOT BIGGIE & TUPAC was destined to be broadcasted.

It’s going down on FOX and will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Ice-T.
I’m Qui
Rest assured this vibe will include recollects from  Fab5 during this re-examining of history.

Have a seat & tune in. We shall see…


In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Self Improvement on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

ICE-T on The ART of RAP

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It’s still lunch time in the life of RAP MUSIC and while reading Ebony Magazine [July 2012], I came across a caption that read, “Where’s the beef? Finally, a documentary focusing on the process of Hip-Hop”.

Sounds interesting enough. It caught my attention – so I read on: here to read more

Introducing The ALCHEMIST

I first learned of the book, “THE ALCHEMIST” by Paulo Coelho a few years back when Will Smith raved about its simplicity on The Tavis Smiley [Talk] Show.

Had you ever heard of the book …Click here to read more


Negro Please!

So I’m reading EBONY Magazine (in paper form because I’m old school) and on page 36 I see Henry Louis Gates Jr. discussing DNA and why the majority of us have Caucasion– not Native American– blood.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs reports:

here is one major misconception that Black people need to stop perpetuating about our history, says Henry Louis Gates Jr., the boisterous Harvard professor, prolific writer and TV personality who is soon to unveil a new season of Finding Your Roots on PBS.
“In all my series and work, I’ve only found one guest who actually descended from a Native American,” says Gates. “The biggest myth in African-American genealogy is, “My grand-great grandmother had high cheek bones and straight black hair.”

He even gave away 10,000 free DNA testing kits to upper-class Black businessmen to prove his point. “Brothers in the streets say DNA don’t lie,” says Gates. “[At this event,] 1500 Negroes in three piece suits lined up all day to spit [into a DNA collection tube]. I told them, ‘None of you Negroes got Native American ancestry. …click here to continue

ICE-T on The ART of RAP

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking on July 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

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It’s still lunch time in the life of RAP MUSIC and while reading Ebony Magazine [July 2012], I came across a caption that read, “Where’s the beef? Finally, a documentary focusing on the process of Hip-Hop”.

Sounds interesting enough. It caught my attention – so I read on:

t would be a mistake to consider Ice-T’s first foray into the world of the documentary as just another hip-hop film. it’s different: It doesn’t care about beef’s or why so-and-so broke up or which rapper doesn’t like such-and-such. Rather, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap discusses the elements of hip-hop, how rhymes are made and how rhythms are born.

Musicians, hip-hop aficionados, and casual fans alike will appreciate Grandmaster Caz and Eminem’s description of how they make their rhymes and why they select the words they do. Rakim, Q-Tip, Immortal Technique, KRS-One and other granddaddies of rap explain their inventions. Here’s what Ice, now 54, had to say the latest endeavor, which is in theaters now.

“If your favorite rapper isn’t in it,
he ain’t in my address book.”

Why do this film?
Hip-hop started to dilute itself and [became] pop. I know I couldn’t get my point across in an interview or in a record I always wanted to direct movies. It was for me to interview my peers and break down what rap is to them and why it’s an art form that needs to be respected. It took two years to get everybody on film. Our only goal was to get it to Sundance. Now it’s coming out in theaters.

Although there are many big names in the movie, some are conspicuously absent, most notably, many rappers in today charts.
I didn’t interview anybody I didn’t know. All the people in the movie came out of my address book. This movie isn’t about seeing your favorite rappers; It’s more about seeing my favorite rappers. If your favorite rapper isn’t in it, he ain’t in my address book.

You’ve been in the game for a long time.
If you’re 18 now, then when I started on Law and Order: SUV, you were 5 years old. You don’t know about N.W.A. You don’t know about RUN-DMC. But there’s always that person who knows me from “Cop Killer” or gangsta rap, but it’s beautiful because that’s one of the reasons I’ll always be Ice-T. Even as an actor, I want people to know, I think that’s why Queen Latifah kept the Queen [even though she’s now primarily an actor]. I’m Ice-T till the wheels fall off.


I haven’t seen the documentary yet, though please believe I will within the next few days.
I’m a connoisseur of GOOD HEAD and for too long “sufficient rap” has been on-the-stay.

It used to speak to my mind and occasionally speak to my soul
and made me feel that WORDS were a pleasure to behold.

But nowadays, the radio’s constant rotating play
Is lack luster, a dream buster – yielding loads of verbal nays.

I eventually ditched the lyrics and opted for the instrumentals instead.
Then I realized I was missing the heart of proactive verbs in my head.

So I began to free style, constructing my own bars in Griot,
I’m Qui
and now that the documentary’s out – I’ll happily fare the reel ‘GO’.
Ice-T has the GOOD HEAD —>ya know?

The Van Peebles Steeple

In Communication, Movies, Networking, News on May 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

ere’s a first look at ‘WE THE PARTY’
A Coming-Of-Age Film for today’s generation.

Remember that feeling you got from watching perhaps relating to — Tom Cruise’s sexy dance in Risky Business or Kid ‘n Play wrecking havoc on the ‘hood in House Party? Mario Van Peebles is bringing back that loving feeling with We the Party, a movie largely inspired by his going “undercover” to the club with his teenaged brood and walking away with a movie script.

It quite possibly could be this generation’s next big teen thing. The movie begins the way all teenaged-angst films do: with a pretty girl, a really smart boy and a an impossible event. The boy in question is played perfectly by Van Peebles’ son Mandela, supported by a cast of all his siblings, plus some pretty popular people including Snoop Dogg. Quincy Brown (Kim Porter’s son), Moises Aria (Hannah Montana) and Orlando brown (That’s So Raven). Drug dealers, sex, grades, the senior prom, the basketball team, underground music, skinny dipping, a house party, a class project gone wrong, a misunderstood attempt to do the right thing and a few cops mash together to form a story a bit too steamy to be an after school special but just perfect for the soon-to-be adults among us.

“When the teenagers see it, they’re like, ‘Man, this is authentic,'” says the elder Van Peebles, laughing. “One of the things Ice-T kept saying to me while we were making New Jack City was, ‘Make a movie about how things are.’ We decided early on we were gonna do it real. [In We the Party, the kids] were like, ‘Yo this is how we hear our music,’ and yet, you still have that heart and some cinematic nutritional value.’

Mandela, who plays the main character, provided his dad with a lot of insight for the movie, including introducing him to hot groups like the New Boyz and Rj3ctz.

“Last summer, me and my brothers and my sisters wanted to start going out to parties on the weekend,” says Mandela, 17. “We said, ‘Dad can we go out, and we’ll be back at 1 or 2 a.m.?’ And he was like, ‘Hell no, you can’t. ‘We pretty much came up with a deal that if we got to go to the club , he had to come with us, but he had to wear what ever we wanted. we put him in skinny jeans. He just looked like a really old person; like he was our bodyguard.”

Mario saw possibilities and a movie script.

There was one club [where people were having] safe sex on the dance floor,” he says. “it was a trip. While we were at different clubs, they were playing songs by the New Boyz, music I hadn’t heard before, and doing all these new dances. The Breakfast Club was smart and rated R. it’s been [almost] 20 years since we had our definitive, sexy, coming-of-age movie.

[Story by Adrienne Samuels Gibbs – Source Reference: Ebony Magazine]

The talent in this family says ‘the genes aren’t playin’.
They’ve got the same ‘good thing going’ as all of them Wayans.

I look forward to supporting the film,
I’m Qui
A fan of that Van Peebles reel.