It’s nearly difficult to picture a generation of Americans that understands Ice-T only as Sgt. Fin Tutuola on Law & & Order: Unique Victims System, however that’s how the entire passage-of-time thing works. It ‘d be easier to accept if we might get all the TV addicts off the couch and into the crowd at the Downtown Las Vegas Occasions Center this weekend, to see among rap’s elder statesmen do his thing at the Art of Rap performance tour.
Ice-T launched the first version of this all-star trip last year as a sort of follow-up to his 2012 documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, which wanders through hip-hop history and admires its endless creativity. The show has the very same effect, with efficiencies arranged from legends like KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Onyx. The present lineup is heavy on East Coast rap stars, but Ice-T himself takes the phase to balance things out; he was born in New Jersey but matured in California and participated in Crenshaw High School before beginning his music career as a DJ (rapping came later).
Anyone in need of a severe education on beats and rhymes and a small slice of hip-hop’s effect should prepare to invest Saturday night Downtown. The Art of Rap at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, June 17.