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.
ICE T RECORDS "JUSTICEVILLE"