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Celebrate National Iced Tea Day With Ice-T's 5 Biggest Songs
It's National Iced Tea Day, and what better way to celebrate than with the work of rapper, actor, metal bandleader, podcaster, and reality star Ice-T?
The MC, whose given name is Tracy Morrow, actually intended (like Ice Cube) to pay tribute to poet Iceberg Slim with his stage name -- but that doesn't mean he rejects his homophone completely. Even though he's not specifically named for the classic summertime refreshment, if you say the holiday quickly enough, it sounds like a tribute to the Law & Order: SVU stalwart.
Here, to celebrate, are Ice-T's five best-performing songs on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart.
5. "Lethal Weapon"
The lead single off T's third album, The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!, "Lethal Weapon" (in which the rapper asks, "What's more powerful - the brain or a twelve gauge?") spent eight weeks on Hot Rap Songs in 1989, peaking at No. 12.
4. "High Rollers"
Even though T had guessed "radio stations probably won't play/this record because of the things I say," "High Rollers," the second single off his 1988 sophomore album Power, peaked at no. 9 on Hot Rap Songs in 1989.
3. "O.G. Original Gangster"
This 1991 single off the album of the same name found the rapper capitalizing on the fact that O.G. rhymes with...well, his name. "Gangster," one of the countless hip-hop tracks to sample James Brown's "Funky Drummer," hit No. 7 on Hot Rap Songs later that year.
2. "The Real One" (2 Live Crew feat. Ice-T)
Ice-T offered a verse on this 1998 single by 2 Live Crew off their eighth studio album, also called The Real One. The track spent a whopping 27 weeks on Hot Rap Songs, peaking at No. 9.
1. "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)"
Though the controversial "Cop Killer" is easily T's best-known song, this 1991 single was Ice-T's biggest hit. After being featured on both Ice-T's fourth album O.G. Original Gangster and the New Jack City soundtrack (where Ice-T also played a detective for the first time, alongside Wesley Snipes), the song hit no. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Hot Rap Songs. Fittingly, it samples Sly & the Family Stone's "You Can Make It If You Try" -- the perfect backdrop for the timeless line "I got a capitalist migraine."
Honorary mention: "Colors"
Ice-T's first Billboard-charting single, featured on the soundtrack of the movie of the same name, was released in 1988 -- before the Hot Rap Songs chart was created. It did reach No. 70 on the Hot 100, and No. 77 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (then known as the Hot Black Singles chart).
This list is based on actual performance on the Billboard's weekly Hot Rap Songs chart, from its March 11, 1989, inception through the June 18, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower ranks earning lesser values. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.