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January 22, 2024 5 mins

In this episode, Ice explains the purpose of artists. 




  • Host & Executive Producer: Ice-T
  • Executive Producers:  Jorge Hinojosa, Stephen Michaels, Jodi Flynn, James Macnab, Ryann Lauckner & Jessi Bustillos
  • Written & Produced by James Macnab, Sandra Young & Andi Walker Ochoa
  • Edited, Mixed & Original Music by Christopher Heckman
  • Associate Producer:  Sophie Serano
  • Researchers:  Aisling Lynch, Autumn Rae & David Sanchez

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
I See's Daily Game. It's a production of iHeartRadio. What's
Up Sides Team, You're listening to The Daily Game, the
compilation of motivational quotes I've collected over the years that
I found inspiring and helped me through the game of life.
James Baldwin is the source of this quote today as

an activist and author, Baldwin is known for fighting for
civil and gay rights. Its quote fits his mo artists
are here to disturb the piece, absolutely absolutely. Now you
have two different kinds of artists. You have artists that
make art that just come from the heart with their

ideas and their influences and what they see in life.
Then you have a different kind of artists who will
go in the museum see what people like and then
try to emulate that. It's like me listening to a
record on the radio. Everyone likes it, and then I
try to copy it. Those aren't artists. Those are emula.
Those are people that are copying. But a real, true

artist is coming from the heart. And I believe anything
from the heart will be controversial because its opinion. It's
a viewpoint, and someone will always have a counterviewpoint. So
if you really are saying about something, it will disturb
the peace. Some artists are more controversial and more opinionated

and more radical than others, and they set out to
disturb the peace. I know myself, NWA Public Enemy. We
set out to disturb the peace because we weren't happy
with the peace. The piece was black people having injustices
put upon us police brutality, and a lot of other

social indignities that were going on in our lives. So
we wanted to shake that shit up. So fuck your peace.
We're gonna make it uncomfortable for you, at least long
enough for you to listen. I think what we did
help change the world because a lot of the things
we sung about, young white kids understood for the first time.

They may not have got it from the history books,
but they got it from me, a public Enemy or Kars,
and they said, you know what, these black kids ain't
mad at us. They're mad at things. They're mad at
issues that dad, mom, I think they're fucked up. I
think this is in just and we were able to
change the world together. So when James Baldwin says an

artist's job artists are here to disturb the peace, I
absolutely totally agree with him. And if you're an artist
and you're not disrupting the piece, you're basically doing what
we call pop.

Speaker 2 (02:41):
You're tempting to be popular.

Speaker 1 (02:43):
And in the world of music, where you'll have the
Bob Marley's, or you'll have the Jimmy Hendrix's, or you'll
have the Chuck D's, there's a different level of respect
that goes to those who broke the rules versus those
who fell in line. It's a whole different level of
respect goes out to some of the great blues players
that went up against racism and segregation and those people

that fought those battles. Different level of respect than someone
who's just making a pop record to get on the
radio and ain't really moving nothing.

Speaker 2 (03:16):
If you're a real artist, you should be disturbing the piece.
You know.

Speaker 1 (03:20):
Another thing I could say about it is you don't
necessarily got to disturb the piece with your music as
much as with your personality. One of the great people
I heard and I always been a fan of, was
David Bowie who really sent the bullet right through the
head of MTV back in the day when he talked
to them about playing black people on their station.

Speaker 2 (03:40):
And if you haven't ever heard it.

Speaker 1 (03:42):
You should go to YouTube and google David Bowie MTV
interview and he disturbed the piece and therefore people respect
him that much more for having a stance about what's
right and wrong than any music you make.

Speaker 2 (03:57):
So you know, being.

Speaker 1 (03:58):
About something does help a lot. This has been another
ice cold fact from me iced tea. Listening again tomorrow
when I drop some wisdom on your ass till then,
stay safe, stay smart, and stay knowing that your art
can change the world.

Speaker 2 (04:22):
Icy's Daily Game.

Speaker 1 (04:23):
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