Ice-T
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What Yo


3.5
great

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
February 18th, 2010 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As oxymoronic as the term “political gangsta rap” might sound, it’s the best way to describe this album.

Back in 1989, the climate of hip hop was changing and the fun, playful rhymes of Run DMC were starting to lose steam. The gangsta rap movement was in full swing with Eazy-E, Schooly D and NWA along with the politically charged rhetoric of Public Enemy. But with all the violence in hip-hop music, the genre came under scrutiny by the recently formed Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) and rapper Ice-T took the opportunity to strike back.

Taking his name from urban fiction writer Iceberg Slim, (from who he also adopted his pimp persona ) Ice-T once again pays homage to his hero by naming his third album after him. On “The Iceberg,” Ice-T continues with his typical pimp tales and violent gangsta raps but now with all the controversy surrounding the lyrical content in hip-hop, Ice-T has something else to focus on and he proceeds to try and put the fire out… with a can of gasoline. Going after PMRC founder Tipper Gore on “Freedom of Speech:”

Think I give a *** about some silly bitch named Gore?
Yo PMRC, here we go, raw
Yo Tip, what's the matter? You ain't gettin' no dick?
You're bitchin' about rock'n'roll, that's censorship, dumb bitch
The Constitution says we all got a right to speak
Say what we want Tip, your argument is weak


Angry at the perceived notion that his right to freedom of speech was not being held up as shown on the intro “Shut Up, Be Happy” done by none other than Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra who paints a bleak picture of an Orwellian society where the government has complete control of their citizens lives. “This One’s for Me” finds Ice-T sticking up for his good friends in Public Enemy after some anti-Semitic remarks landed them in hot water, Ice claims: “I got their backs if it means my career ends.” He also takes other rappers to task for not sticking up for Public Enemy asking: “Who's Chuck's real friends, does he really have one?” The last verse on this track blames the C.I.A. and F.B.I. for bringing drugs into the ghetto, a harsh accusation to be sure but all as intelligent as he sounds on tracks like these, Ice sounds pretty silly on tracks like the endless “What Ya Wanna Do?” With a hook consisting of Ice asking each of the ten(!) members of Rhyme Syndicate one by one “What you wanna do? (Party!).”

As far as subject matter, “The Iceberg” is all over the place, from a sexual encounter with a dominatrix, the rock infused “The Girl Tried to Kill Me,” the silly boasts of “My Word is Bond” and the chilling violence of “Peel Their Caps Back.” The Iceberg is a strong but unfocused album and although Ice-T may not be the most lyrically gifted MC, he definitely has a lot to say and he does it adequately enough but is backed by the best production of his career courtesy of Afrika Islam. From the sped-up horns on the outstanding “Lethal Weapon” to the multiple James Brown samples, the production is top notch.
With “The Iceberg,” Ice-T established himself as the top hip-hop spokesman along with Public Enemy’s Chuck D he spit in the face of censorship and denounced drugs and gang violence that where affecting the African-American youth. Although not his best album, Ice-T showed great intellect and no fear of expressing himself as well as attacking the government, radio stations who wouldn’t play hip-hop and other MC’s, not for being wack but for not having Public Enemy’s back. Truly one of the great hip-hop minds.

Recommended tracks:
This One’s for Me
Peel Their Caps Back
Lethal Weapon



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Comments:Add a Comment 
combustion07
February 18th 2010


5587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, I love this album

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


subject matter is all over the map on here

JulesWin
February 18th 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, very uneven album though, why not review the album you're digging?

Bulldog
February 18th 2010


3796 Comments


yo dog, did you not get my email?

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


@ jules I'll get to it don't worry

@ bulldog no I didn't actually

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


32190 Comments


Yeah O.G is better than this but still, I like it

Bulldog
February 18th 2010


3796 Comments


@ bulldog no I didn't actually


Goddammit. Just checked and it's in my drafts. :-|

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


4.5 Dev? damn I don't like it that much

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


32190 Comments


Yeah I know it's pretty high, but I just really like this album for some reason. You can guess what my O.G rating is then

Urinetrouble
February 18th 2010


5771 Comments


this album is the shizzitin..ima bump it right now... ice-t was hardcore and political before anyone was both hardcore AND political

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


well yea Dev I figured it out!

@weedbeater probably the best hardcore/political rapper

Urinetrouble
February 18th 2010


5771 Comments


right now im bumpin the track lethal weapon.

"my weapon's MY MIND"

his rhyme syndicate shouldve made a cd. everlasts first solo album on the rhyme syndicate was forgettable except for the guest verses from kool keith(i think), donald d, and ice-t

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


yea forgot to mention Everlast but that track is pretty crappy

don't think Kool Keith is on there though

JulesWin
February 18th 2010


993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

got an idea for you somber: why not do old school reviews chronologically like do albums from a certain year and when you're done, move on to the next year

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


32190 Comments


don't think Kool Keith is on there though


It's Kool Nick, guest spots on the track 'Speak No Evil'

Urinetrouble
February 18th 2010


5771 Comments


yeah thats right kool nick. that rhyme syndicate track is garbage on an otherwise great album. house of pain should do anther album as house of pain, not la coka nostra. its rumored anyways since they reunited as house of pain for a tour

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


@ jules sound like a good idea, I'll think about it

anyone heard la coka nostra?

Urinetrouble
February 18th 2010


5771 Comments


yeah bro, but its not on sputnik.(damn you) la coka nostras album is killer except for one track

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


32190 Comments


A Brand you can Trust is a good album man

somberlain
February 18th 2010


2121 Comments


I need to check that out

really thinking about reviewing older shit year by year, might be a good way to do it



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