In the topic of pioneers in not only West Coast rap, but the deep impact on the influence of hip-hop all-around, the legend Ice-T is name that is mentioned but not always deserving of his cull credit, according to some.
As West Coast legends like Ice-T, N.W.A. Snoop, and many more have all put Cali on the map, rightfully due flowers may not always be given to those who were on the forefront of groundbreaking hip-hop. And, for Ice, he’s making sure that the culture knows his exact impact on music.
Taking to his social media accounts, the “Colors” pioneer shared a throwback moment of super-producer Dr. Dre shedding light on the history of West Coast gangsta rap and Ice-T’s role as one of the originators and primary influences. In his Twitter caption, Ice writes, “People say I don’t get enough credit…But when @DrDre lays it down.. That’s ENOUGH for me.” During the thirty-second clip, a young Dre says, “Hip-hop on the West Coast started in 1982-83, something like that. I guess, so-called gangsta rap started at the same time. Those were the records that really made it out here. Ice-T had a big influence on a lot of people out here, because he actually started it to me.” Dre goes on to also comment on Ice and Schooly D’s early records that kicked off gangsta rap.
Check out the clip below!
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) September 26, 2021