Ice-T - The Iceberg (Freedom Of Speech... Just Watch What You Say) (LP - 180 Gram Vinyl + Insert)
The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say! is the third studio album by infamous rapper Ice-T, released in 1989. The album has an uncharacteristically gritty sound, featuring some of the darkest musical tracks that Ice-T ever released.
The album was released after Ice-T was encountering censorship problems on tour. The album's cover, featuring a B-boy with a shotgun shoved in his mouth, and two pistols pressed against each side of his head, reflected Ice-T's experiences with the concept of freedom of speech.
This album is arguably the closest hip-hop has come to George Orwell's 1984. Instead of focusing heavily on gangsta rap, Ice-T made First Amendment issues the album's dominant theme. Setting the album's tone is the opener, ''Shut Up, Be Happy,'' featuring Dead Kennedy's Jello Biafra. There are a few examples of first rate gangsta rap here - including ''The Hunted Child'' and the chilling ''Peel Their Caps Back'' as well as some humoristic raps on ''My Word Is Bond'' and ''The Girl Tried to Kill Me''.