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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Adidas Show Brews Ice-T With Spleen




South Central Los Angeles comes to Ploshchad Revolyutsii Friday night when gangsta rapper Ice-T puts on a free concert as part of the Adidas Streetball Challenge. The musician/actor/author/activist/inciter of controversy will also play some 3-on-3 hoops beforehand.


A colorful performer with an uncensored political conscience, Ice-T has made headlines, and old whitey nervous, ever since hitting it big with the 1987 album, "Rhyme Pays." One of the first artists to earn a parental warning label for explicit lyrics, he established his activist status with the 1989 publication of "The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech ... Just Watch What You Say."


Conservative politicians were watching - notably the notorious 1992 track "Cop Killer," performed with his heavy metal group, Body Count, in response to the Rodney King beating by LA police.


Early '90s politicos wagged their fingers, George Bush pursed his lips and Warner Bros. records pulled the song.


The scandal though brought Ice-T to a wider audience and he quickly made the leap to major movie roles but has never stopped making music.


His first tunes came out of the burgeoning 1980s hip-hop, breakdancing scene and his flavored language and unsettling vocal images of the 'hood helped spawned the rise of gangsta rap.


But Ice-T has never liked restricting himself and has opened for such groups as Metallica and Guns 'n' Roses. This summer he played with the mostly punk-and-ska Warp Tour.


Whatever the funk, if you wanna be down with some good hard tunes, come out to the show. And leave the gat at home.


The Adidas Streetball Challenge begins at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday at Ploshchad Revolyutsii. Ice-T will shoot hoops at 7 p.m. and hit the stage two hours later. Included in the three-day event are breakdancing contests, prizes and performances by Russian rap, hip-hop and alternative groups with names like White Brothers and Legal Busine$$. For information call 250-0191. Nearest metro: Ploshchad Revolyutsii