Class is in session and Ice-T, the Original Gangsta, is gonna school ya. In Ice-T's Rap School, Ice invades the hallowed halls of York Prep, an exclusive private school in Manhattan's tony upper west side. And in just six weeks, he'll try to transform a small class of 8th grade sucka MCs into big-time rappers. Ice delivers some hardcore lessons in rhyming, scratching, and breakdancing. And after a roller-coaster journey of nail-biting auditions and pressure-packed recording sessions, the kids face the ultimate final exam: opening up for Public Enemy at BB Kings in New York. Will Ice win over straight-laced students, skeptical parents, and distrusting faculty? Will he be able to turn these prepsters into true playas?
Runtime: 30 minutes
Ice-T's Rap School - Power (Ice-T album) - Netflix
Power is the second studio album by American rapper Ice-T, released on September 13, 1988 by Sire Records. Recorded at Syndicate Studios West in Los Angeles, the home studio of DJ Evil E, it was produced by Ice-T and Afrika Islam. The Los Angeles Daily News noted that its lyrical themes ranged from sex to gun violence, and that Ice-T “implicates everyone from radio programmers to the police as accomplices in the decline of western civilisation.” The album contains lyrics which began a feud between Ice-T and rapper LL Cool J. The album cover, which features Ice-T's then-girlfriend Darlene Ortiz, Ice-T, and DJ Evil E, was described as “perpetuating stereotypes” by the Chicago Tribune and “violence-glorifying” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. Two singles were released from the album: “I'm Your Pusher” and “High Rollers”. The album was certified platinum by 2006. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic commented that on its release, Power received “strong reviews” and continued to receive positive retrospective reviews from music guides such as AllMusic, The Rolling Stone Album Guide and the Spin Alternative Record Guide.
Ice-T's Rap School - Music and lyrics - Netflix
The Los Angeles Daily News described Power's themes: “Sex and guns are but two forms of power explored on Ice-T's Power album, a disc that implicates everyone from radio programmers to the police as accomplices in the decline of western civilization.” These tracks included “Radio Suckers”, which Ice-T wrote to say he would not compromise his music to have it played on radio. He noted his albums still sold well without radio support. The final track on the album “Soul on Ice” was Ice-T's tribute to Iceberg Slim, whose books he read in high school. Ice-T described Slim as “fascinating” and said his books “made me wanna be a pimp”. “I'm Your Pusher” sees Ice-T dissing fellow rapper LL Cool J. Ice-T explained later that he felt that LL Cool J was “at that time on his 'I'm the great rapper in the world' thing. Me being from L.A., I was trying to rep our entire city alone, so had to step to him”. Ice-T also replied that he had no personal problem with him but just “thought I could beat him rapping anyways”. Ice-T stated that he recorded “Girls L.G.B.N.A.F.” as a humorous response to LL Cool J's song “I Need Love”. Ice-T stated that: “Girls came to me and asked, 'Ice, why don't you write a ballad'? Now can you imagine saying, 'I need loooove?' That's a wimp. So I wrote ('Girls') as a joke.” LL Cool J later retaliated dissing Ice-T in his song “To da Break of Dawn” from his album Mama Said Knock You Out (1990). Afrika Islam said their feud ended when a group meeting involving Flavor Flav, DJ Red Alert, Mike Tyson and Afrika Bambaataa persuaded them to stop fighting. Islam explained Tyson's role: “[he was] down with hip-hop and the Zulus and I've always considered rappers like boxers anyway”. Ice-T commented on the feud in NME magazine in 2012, stating: “You need a nemesis in hip hop. It's part of what fuels good rap. L was coming out of New York saying he was the best rapper in the world. I was trying to get my feet out of LA. You can't have someone saying they're the best if you're trying to. We had a little hip hop thing but it was never serious.”
Ice-T's Rap School - References - Netflix