Ice-T is Interviewed... By His Manager

In lieu of the usual Q&A connected to a Backbeat profile, here's something different, and more than a little crazoid: an audio interview conducted with O.G. rapper Ice-T by his manager, Jorge Hinojosa.

What the hell? As noted in this article, from Westword's July 19 edition, Hinojosa initially told yours truly that the Ice man would only do an e-mail interview -- so I dutifully put together a slew of questions and sent them into cyberspace. Later that day, Hinojosa sent back a sound file of an Ice-T quiz session conducted by phone, not e-mail, and when I listened, I initially thought he'd simply read my questions to the "Cop Killer" mouthpiece turned Law & Order: Special Victims Unit cast member. But early on, Hinojosa started changing what I'd written -- shortening it, rephrasing it, and more. He wound up dropping several benign questions, including ones about potential presidential candidate Fred Thompson, an erstwhile L&O actor who occasionally turned up on SVU, and wrapped up with something I didn't ask at all, about whether Ice-T's buxom wife, CoCo, planned to travel with him to Colorado. The suspense is incredible.

Click below and hear the weirdness for yourself. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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