We know this much is true: Ice-T has no love for Soulja Boy; and Soulja Boy has no love for Ice-T. Factor in the internet, and what do you have? A rap web meme made from the public webcam disses of two questionably famous rappers of questionable talent.
Or let Kanye convince you. Either way, it’s pretty entertaining to watch a clichéd rap drama (d)evolve into YouTube webcam beef.
After less than a week, nearly a million YouTubers have watched Soulja Boy’s video response to Ice-T. Soulja Boy was notably upset when Ice-T suggested he was ruining the industry and that Soulja Boy should, ‘eat a d__k’.
In this video, Soulja Boy jokes at Ice-T’s age, trash talk and name. Perhaps the most entertaining part is when Soulja Boy says, “I wickapedia’d this n___ and this n___ was born in 1958!’ He then continues to make fun of Ice-T’s age, highlighting the generational gap.
And, of course, no 2008 rap webcam battle would be complete without Kanye blogging about it:
Soulja boy is fresh ass hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip hop is sposed to be. He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain’t Hip Hop then what is? A bunch of wannabe keep it real rappers that ain’t even relevant, recycling samples trying to act like it’s 96 again and all they do is hate on new shit? Niggas always talk about the golden age but for a 13 year old kid, this is the golden age!!! That song was so dope cause everything he said had a hidden meaning… that’s Nas level shit… he just put it over some steel drums which is also some Nas shit if you had the 2nd album cassette with the bonus track “Silent Murder” on it. In closing… new niggas get ya money$$$ Keep this shit fresh and original…. ain’t no fuckin’ rules to this shit and that’s what real hip hop is to me.
UPDATE | 11:15am PST — Today, music site AllHipHop.com published their exclusive interview with Ice-T in which he responds to the controversy and claims he never meant for his comments to be used for mixtape promo.
I’d also completely forgotten about that Pee Wee track. Touché, Ice!
“I’d like to clarify how all this [expletive deleted] jumped off,” Ice-T explained. “I was in the recording booth doing a mixtape, and the cats in there doing the promotion were [expletive deleted] with me. They were saying things about ‘Soulja Boy this, Soulja Boy that’ and basically I went on one. It wasn’t meant to be evil, it was basically that Hip-Hop [expletive deleted] that’ stance.”
“I didn’t expect them to use that clip to promote their mixtape,” Ice-T reasoned. “So I’m in the crib and [expletive deleted] is calling me talking about Soulja Boy is replying to you on the Internet. And I’m like ‘replying to what?’ So I see it and I’m like ‘man here we go.’ It was a statement made behind closed doors, not meant to be an attack on this [expletive deleted].
“I didn’t even know dude was 17 years-old,” Ice continues. “I felt bad. I know I came hard at the [expletive deleted], but at the end of the day that’s just an old school, passionate Hip-Hopper trying to keep this thing 100. I’m not trying to disrespect Collipark or even lil homie [Soulja Boy]. Of course I overreacted…it’s not meant to be harmful. Bottom line is I would like to see rappers of today step their game up.”
Many fans also pointed out that they felt Ice was being hypocritical by criticizing Soulja Boy, especially since he appeared in the video for Joe Ski Love’s “Pee Wee Herman,” a dance oriented 80’s track.