ice-t nightmares 2013

Ice-T Still Has Gangbanging Nightmares, Dreams He Got Shot

Those of us old enough to remember Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,” and the controversy back then (before angry blog posts!) were amused to see the rapper show up years later… as a cop, on Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.

In fact, kids today may identify Ice-T more as Fin Tutuola, the sex victims detective he portrays on SVU, before they think of him as a rap legend. But back in the day, Ice-T was a hip-hop pioneer from South Central Los Angeles, via the mean streets of Newark.

Now Ice-T is best known for his TV stardom and marriage to wife Coco, but his checkered past still haunts the celeb. In a Rolling Stone interview, the rapper admitted he still has nightmares about his early days — something that makes him really relatable as a rich and famous person.

While the Average Joe might dream of being back in high school or working a long-abandoned but demoralizing job, Ice-T says the streets and an earlier life of crime haunt his dreamscapes, explaining that “every night” he returns to a past when he wasn’t secure in stardom.

When asked about his nightly torments, and whether the dreams repeat an identical scenario, Ice-T explains:

“Not really that, but my brain is wired different. [Points] If that door opened and I ask you, ‘Who’s coming through that door?,’ somebody could say ‘My mother’ or maybe ‘somebody from my past,’ but I’d say, ‘Some dudes in ski masks.’ I’ve been in heavy situations.”

He continues, saying that while his raps may seem to glorify the gang lifestyle, they’re not meant to:

“When you lived it, you’re paranoid. I carried guns so much that I had a bruise on my leg for a year after I stopped. It’s that life that I wouldn’t wish on anybody. You think you want to do it until you get into it. Then you’re like, ‘Lord have mercy.’ My music is warning you. It might seem like I’m promoting it, but I’m really warning you against it, like, ‘You don’t wanna f*ck with this.’ ”

You can read Ice-T’s full comments over on Rolling Stone.

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