Ice-T ‘Lose Some, Win Some’ (PG. 2)

+ I learned from older players: To have power over a woman, you have to be fl yer than her. Let your hair grow. My nails are well groomed; my clothes and shoes are sharp. If you want to be with me, you gotta step up to this.

+ I was scared as fuck to play Scotty Appleton in New Jack City. I thought I was risking my career. Original Gangster is coming out, and here I am playing a cop. But the movie hit.

+ You have to fi nd someone who digs all the weird shit about you. I met Coco on a movie set. I was in a bad mood, so one of my friends brought her over to cheer me up. I was in a red snakeskin suit. We started talking, and she said, “Oh, I love your clothes!”

+ A lot of people don’t know that Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” was originally my record [hook samples Ice-T’s “99 Problems”]. Chris Rock is a big fan of mine and took my track to Rick Rubin, and they flipped it. I was honored.

+ You can’t live your life trying to be popular. You live your life and if it’s popular, that’s cool. I might want to go skiing. Somebody might say, “That ain’t ’hood.” Fuck you! —As told to Hillary Crosley

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