Hip-hop had planted roots on the west coast by the early 80s but it was stylistically in hock to the east coast. When Ice T released Body Rock he was already 25. His rapping style is straight New York, short sing-song rhymes in the style of Kurtis Blow. The B-side, Killers, is more interesting; the style is the same, but the content different – short violent parables both fantastical and offering social commentary. The seeds are planted of a new style of rap.
Paul MacInnes is a reporter for the Guardian