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Just Ice

A former bouncer at punk clubs, Joseph Williams, Jr. was the first of the New York rappers to embrace gangsta rap, and when he burst out of Ft. Greene, Brooklyn as Just-Ice, he gained instant notoriety. Muscle-bound, tattooed, aggressive -- he resembled Mike Tyson in more than just looks -- and with a mouthful of gold teeth, he certainly stood out. His debut album Back to the Old School proved he was more than just a pretty face. It came out on the independent New York label Sleeping Bag, and certainly sounded like no other hip-hop album, thanks to his fast, forceful rhymes, DMX's human beatbox as well as the distinctive production of Mantronix's Kurtis Mantronik.

When he was held by Washington, D.C., police regarding the murder of a drug dealer in 1987 ("Murder, Drugs, and the Rap Star" read a Washington Post headline), it gave him an even greater notoriety (he was never charged with the murder). Declaring war on D.C.'s go-go scene and loudly criticizing Run D.M.C. (then the ruling New York rap outfit), Just-Ice set a pattern for many a future hip-hop feud. Little could halt Just-Ice's ascension to hip-hop stardom, though the departure of Mantronik from Sleeping Bag was a bad omen. KRS-One stepped in to produce 1987's Kool & Deadly, an album that swapped Mantronik's hi-tech skills for raw, elemental beats and rhymes. The British and New York public that had so enthusiastically embraced Back to the Old School were diffident about this one, and 1989's The Desolate One (with KRS-One back in the producer's seat) was no great improvement. By 1990, both Just-Ice and Sleeping Bag appeared to be quickly fading as a new generation of rappers and labels overtook them. He continued to release albums at intervals across the 1990s, but they were on tiny independent labels and were rarely noticed. Just-Ice was a member of hip-hop super session, the Stop the Violence All Stars, who released one single ("Self Destruction") in 1990. The revival of interest in old-school rap in the late '90s created fresh demand for Back to the Old School, but Just-Ice appeared unwilling or unable to capitalize on the renewed interest. ~ Garth Cartwright, Rovi
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SWEET
But hip hop in General was a 718 thing. Boogie down Bronx did all of it first. Because In those days the DJ was the center of attention and the MC was just there to keep it moving between sets
Def a pioneer in the "rugged" hip hop era. But never really amounted to anything. People claiming ice t being so og to gangsta rap? Do YOUR research. Too short was the most aggressive drug dealing b**ch slapping money getting caddy driving g coming out tha trunk But to be honest the whole "G" s**t was a west coast thing
Just I c equality
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Ice-T credits Schooly D with inspiring him to do 6 in the Morning...
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Schooly D from Philly was the 1st to put down gangster lyrics on trax that went massive - PSK, Gucci Time - classics. Know ya hip-hop....
Latoya, cold getting dumb, two hipp hopp classics, where is he. ?
The REAL ORIGINAL GANGSTA? Just had a couple of good hits, overrated. But here is another HIP HOP history lesson: ICE T D ORIGINAL back in 82-83. ICE T is d original fool.
Where is Jus-Ice now?
JUST ICE HAD THE FLOW
REAL HIP HOP.. I MISS THE ART
I remember how hard his shtuff hit, meh
too bad he kinda faded
true hip hop !!!
true dat....Just Ice was the man. Remember that track "Latoya"? check out this new group: http://www.m y s p a c e . c o m / b n e m a r x m e n
JUST ICE SET IT FOR GANGSTA RAP BACK IN THE DAYS WWOOOO I REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO PUT IRON OUR JEANS ROCK JUST ICE ON THE 12 INCH JVC
No Doubt, the REAL Original Gangsta Rapper..... West Coast claims O.G. rap, but Just-Ice was a true "OG" that Rapped. Sir Vicious so smooth, Just-Ice or call him JUSTICE. Bronx sound w/Mantronix on the beat!

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