Milwaukee Talks: rapper Ice Mone
Milwaukee's hip-hop scene doesn't get a lot of press, either nationally or locally. That's why many outside the scene won't recognize the name Ice Mone. But for anyone interested in hip hop, you'll know that Ice Mone is probably Brew City's most veteran rapper and hip hop producer.
He recently released "Keep Grindin' Vol. 1," a disc featuring collaborations with a number of other artists, including Ying Yang Twins, Coo Coo Cal and Pimpin' Ken. We talked with Ice about his career, the Milwaukee hip hop scene and more in this edition of Milwaukee Talks.
OMC: You must be around longer than most any Milwaukee rapper by now. How do you account for your staying power?
Ice Mone: I just work hard and never give up but I went outside my city and started selling records and doing promotions and I was able to be accepted in other places. Plus, not only am I an artist, I am the CEO of my record company so I have to stay up on the game.
OMC: Why did you leave for Atlanta? Was there just not much going on here at the time?
IM: Atlanta is a very strong hub for music and there are a dozen major labels there. Also Atlanta respects an independent artist better than Milwaukee, a lot of rappers that come from the south sell their CDs on the street and that's how they gain street credibility and the people in Atlanta don't mind supporting your cause. There was just not much going on here at the time.
OMC: Has that changed since you've been back? Is there a good hip hop scene here?
IM: No, there is not a good hip hop scene here, we have a lot of artists and talent but we don't have any outlets to be heard is why I went elsewhere.
OMC: Does Milwaukee (fans, radio, other media) support its musicians, singers and rappers?
IM: No, Milwaukee is a very jealous city. We don't support each other, radio gives very little support and DJs give very little support. Everything is political.
OMC: I know that you are also a producer, are you working on projects with other Milwaukee artists at the moment?
IM: Yes, I have a compilation that I'm working on with a major magazine called Murder Dog. Also, I'm working with Ton of Soul Records; Godxilla is the CEO. I just signed three new artists to my label Ice Mone Records, I also did songs with Coo Coo Cal, Baby Drew, Pimpin Ken , Pimp Snooky, Kilo, Killa Joe, Mad Man ... all Milwaukee artists.
OMC: Who are some of your favorite performers here in town?
IM: Godxilla and Coo Coo Cal.Page 1 of 2 (view all on one page)
Adamant7 | May 6, 2008 at 4:11 p.m. (report)
Wow it is a new day for ICE MONE, as leading spokesperson for the new violence prevention, education, sports, music and liberal arts non-profit organization titled "C.H.I.L.L." which stands for (Creating Hope I Love Life) is proof that this rapper has more than the bling on his mind. With new steaming hot tracks from Mega Superstar Producer Mr. Collipark and a host of other A-List producers is proof that ICE Mone is still on the grind making great music. I am here to tell you ICE MONE is back and It is just a matter of time for this artists to put Milwaukee right where they need to be globally. Recently teaming up with longtime friend from Don Alesante' Music Group & Fashions LLC. entertainment industry power executive and Music Powers (GM) Mr. Dante T. Chestnut Sr. aka BOLO is proof that ICE MONE is on the right track, to prosperity as an artists and executive himself.
Reggie Brown said: Mone needs to just stop rapping! Not hating on him, but it aint no secret the whole city of milwaukee knows that Ice Mone can't rap! Stick to drill team! Your washed up, I liked Reality alot better!
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