Oh, this Internet age! The Soulja Boy/Ice-T beef may already be over before a single battle track could be laid down, judging by Ice-T’s interview with AllHipHop.com. “Soulja Boy, you killed hip-hop” has now become “Soulja Boy, you could try harder,” as Ice-T acknowledges the long list of corny-ass dances in hip-hop’s career, including Ski Love’s “Pee Wee Herman,” the video for which just happens to include Ice-T. “That s**t was corny too…so I have a corny strike on my resume. But now it seems like the game is being overtaken by less skillful Hip-Hop. And you notice Joe Ski didn’t have a real long career in Hip-Hop.” But while he may accept Soulja as an underage Joe Ski, it’s going to take a lot more than Kanye West references a bonus track on It Was Written… to make Ice-T think he’s the new Nas.
From Kanye’s blog (which is updated with impressive frequency — eight posts on Sunday alone!):
Soulja boy is fresh ass hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip hop is sposed to be. He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain’t Hip Hop then what is? A bunch of wannabe keep it real rappers that ain’t even relevant, recycling samples trying to act like it’s 96 again and all they do is hate on new shit? N***as always talk about the golden age but for a 13 year old kid, this is the golden age!!! That song was so dope cause everything he said had a hidden meaning… that’s Nas level shit… he just put it over some steel drums which is also some Nas shit if you had the 2nd album cassette with the bonus track “Silent Murder” on it. In closing… new n***as get ya money$$$$$$$$$$ Keep this shit fresh and original…. ain’t no fuckin’ rules to this shit and that’s what real hip hop is to me.
I respected his comment. At least the discussion has begun. But the discussion won’t go on if people feel I’m hating. It’s more about Hip-Hop. When you go in the studio, you’re supposed to really try and do something. It’s not someone’s fault they got a hit record, but when you try to compare that to Nas, you’re gonna get a dramatic response from a real Hip-Hop n***a.
What, like an incredulous YouTube? The shaking of a cane? Maybe a subliminal dis on SVU?
Ice-T Explains Soulja Boy “Beef” [AllHipHop]
Joe Ski Love Peewees Dance [YouTube]
I AIN’T GOT NOTHING AGAINST ICE T OR NOBODY FOR THAT MATTER BUT I GOTTA RIDE WITH SOULJA BOY.. [Kanye West's Blog]