‘Law & Order; SVU’ Star Ice-T Speaks Out After Rapper’s Recent Death

by Jonathan Howard
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In the wake of the death of rapper Young Dolph, Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T has spoken out about the incident. As a legend in the genre, he gave his insight.

Although the tweet has been deleted, Ice-T put out a short statement in the aftermath of Young Dolph’s death. As a pioneer of the gangster rap genre and someone who grew up in unsavory conditions, the rapper has experiences that many outside the genre do not.

The tweet read, “ICE COLD Fact: When I was coming up, Being a Drug Dealer was the most dangerous occupation. Now it seems like being a Rapper is… smh No cap.” Over the years, there have been many violent killings of rappers and hip-hop artists. In the last few years, there have been a number of notable shootings including that of XXXTentacion and Nipsey Hussle.

Afterward, the rapper shared a video of fellow artist Boosie. In that video, Boosie said, “Most rappers die in their own city. It’s a fact. And uh, you know, you have haters who was in school with you and they mad cause they was in that third grade with you, but they don’t have that same hustle as you. You know they hate you for no reason. They hate you for your success.”

It was this past Wednesday when Young Dolph was shot by two suspects. He was buying cookies in a local bakery in Memphis, Tennessee. The rapper was planning on hosting a turkey giveaway on the same day for local families in the community. Of course, Law & Order: SVU star, Ice-T was a big star in rap when Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were shot and killed in 1996-1997.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Touches on Ice-T’s Roots

Over the years on Law & Order: SVU the writers have put Ice-T’s history to use. There have been many moments when a rapper is a victim, suspect, or passing character. Many times, Fin Tutuola explains the intricacies of the genre, the dynamics between artists, and more.

The latest example came when the team was examining the videos and music of a rapper named G. A Drill rapper, an offshoot of trap rap that artists like Gucci Mane popularized. Drill is all about competition, much like other subgenres of hip-hop and rap.

During the law & Order: SVU scene, Tutuola explains what is going on in the videos they are watching. Then, just as they are trying to nail this guy for something, he drops a new song basically telling on himself. Ice-T’s character gets to explain everything to his fellow SVU team members that are working on the case. It is a little funny and also interesting to see the rapper turned actor explain the music that he loves so much.