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ICE T was a cool dude, very ambitious.  He declared that he was going to be a millionaire as if there was no question about it, and I believed that's what he wanted and that he was on his way.  We met at Glaser's house in Laurel Canyon to talk about recording "Justiceville."  He arrived in a late model porsche with his gorgeous first wife ________ .  He said that recording Justiceville would help to clean up his budding image as the godfather of gangsta rap, meanwhile doing roller rink gigs and having done the movie "Breakin." 

I delivered the lyrics to him at an apartment he had in Hollywood, north of the boulevard.  I gave him a red Butchers t-shirt.  He liked the skull and circular saw blade logo a lot and said he'd wear it to his Bloods gigs.  He had never heard of punk rock and was very curious.  I explained that it was the whiteboy version of what he was doing.  He dug that.  I could see his mind clicking.

We recorded "Justiceville" at a little studio in Sherman Oaks.  Ice brought Africa Islam and ______, the concierge from his label.  He already had constructed the beat on a Dr._____ keyboard, plugged it into the console and did the vocal, once.  Then a group of us sang the chorus vocal. A girl named Maryanne took pictures of the event.  The whole thing took about two hours.  Ice did a short impromptu rap to me about not needing "your words," but, because the rap was cool - "surprising for a white boy" - he was cool with doing it.

In the end, Glaser and I disagreed about which version to use in the documentary.  I said Ice, he went with Hollywatts (Rodger Smith).

I think this pissed Ice off, and he wouldn't return my calls.  About a year later he was hooked up in the punk scene, started Body Count, recorded with Jello Biafra, did "Cop Killer," etc.

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                                      ICE T RECORDS "JUSTICEVILLE"