On this day in Hip-Hop history, Ice-T released his third album The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...
On this day in 1989, Ice-T released his third album The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say on Sire. The album was self-produced by Ice T and by Afrika Islam. It was released after Ice-T encountered censorship issues while on tour.
Guests on the album were Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate which included future House of Pain member and solo artist Everlast. Jello Biafra's spoken-word performance "Words from Our Sponsors" was sampled for the opening track along with Black Sabbath, hinting at Ice-T's future metal band Body Count.
The hard-hitting third album spawned three singles: "Lethal Weapon," "What Ya Wanna Do?," and "You Played Yourself." The album reached #37 on the Billboard 200. It reached #11 on the R&B chart.
Also on this day...
1989 - Biz Markie released his sophomore album The Biz Never Sleeps on Cold Chillin'.
1995 - KRS-One released his self-titled second solo album on Jive.
1995 - AZ released his debut studio album Doe or Die on EMI Records.