The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say

The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say

by Ice-T


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Ice-T threw listeners quite a curve ball with his riveting third album, The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say -- arguably the closest hip-hop has come to George Orwell's 1984. Instead of focusing heavily on gangsta rap, Ice-T made First Amendment issues the CD's dominant theme. Setting the album's tone is the opener, "Shut Up, Be Happy," which finds guest Jello Biafra (former leader of punk band Dead Kennedys) envisioning an Orwellian America in which the government controls and dominates every aspect of its citizens' lives. Though there are a few examples of first-rate gangsta rap here -- including "The Hunted Child" and the chilling "Peel Their Caps Back" -- Ice's main concern this time is censorship and what he views as a widespread attack on free speech in the U.S. As angry and lyrically intense as most of The Iceberg is, Ice enjoys fun for its own sake on "My Word Is Bond" and "The Girl Tried to Kill Me" -- an insanely funny rap-rock account of an encounter with a dominatrix.

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Release Date: 10/03/1989
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0075992602822
catalogNumber: 26028
Rank: 32401

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The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ice t's third Album is the disc where his music and politics really comes together. Every track on this Album is great,especially The Hunted Child and Lethal Weapon,with its Rakim hook and the Classic line "Go to the library to get some more Ammo,a lyric which was spoken by Ice long before the Manic Street Preachers stole it. I would recommend this Album to any Hip Hop Fan.The great thing is -Ice T had another classic Album on the way,the fantastic O.G