Hard-core rapper Ice-T was getting his message across loud and clear on his albums and at his concerts in the early '90s, but he decided to make some deeper cultural inroads this week in 1993 by hitting the college lecture circuit.
In a crowded New York University auditorium, Ice-T spoke for nearly three hours about sex, crime and being independent; but most of all, he wanted people to hear his message, uncensored and unfiltered.
"I'm a rapper, man. I'm not no political activist, but it's like nobody else is doing nothing," Ice said.
The talk with the students went something like this ...
Ice-T: This guy right here with the bandana ...
Student: Where do you stand on education with the American public and for the black male?
Ice-T: The white kid learned that he gets everything. He can't help but feel superior and I can't help but feel inferior.
Student: How can you say you coming out of school and a white person coming out of school, the white person should feel superior, and then look at Mr. Colin Powell?
Ice-T: Colin Powell is the exception to the rule. That's like saying, "Well, Ice-T made it, so it's OK." It's bullsh--. You're a Republican. You voted for George Bush. Suck my di--.
LL Cool J was shooting a video for "How I'm Comin,' " the first single from his LP 14 Shots to the Dome, this week back in 1993. MTV News caught up with the rapper on the set in Queens, New York.
"We about to get Queens some wreck," LL said. "We're doing a big performance scene which is just gonna be straight-up me on the stage, kids rocking. Boom. This is where I grew up at. These are the streets I walked up and down all my life and I still walk up and down them. It's just special to me."
During the time leading up to the recording of 14 Shots, the rapper got into doing movies. The previous year he had appeared in the Robin Williams flick "Toys" in a non-stereotypical role, which is the reason why he said he took the part.
"I'm not gonna run down the street with an afro and a television and be ridiculous and be deemed an idiot or ignorant," he said. "If I'm gonna do a movie, it has to be something that allows me to shine in the proper light, and something that allows me to have dignity so that my community can have dignity along with me. At this point we don't have that many black heroes and I wanted to play that hero for that hour-and-a-half or two hours that I was onscreen, because I thought it was important."
Van Halen celebrated their 15th anniversary this week in 1993. The band returned to the Whiskey, the Los Angeles club where the group got its start, to play a celebratory concert.
"[The Whiskey's] the same," guitarist Eddie Van Halen said. "Nothing really feels much different. They changed the whole interior. It smells nicer."
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