This whole article was kind of hard for me because I'm not really into Rap and HipHop. Even the whole discussion in class could not really clear it up.
But I'm pretty sure of one thing. Music is a piece of art and just like painting pictures, writing poems or stories, musicians should have the freedom to say what they want to.
It is probably true that some people feel offended by what they sing or rap but isn't that they same with pictures or poems, too?
We ban books, so that kids in highschool can't read them just because we figure that they are not appropriate at this time of their life. Well, and it is just the same with music.
Somebody needs to feel offended or touched by it otherwise the artist wouldn't have reached anybody.
Maybe we are way to used to the daily pop music on the radio, that has barely any message because it is just about getting another song into the top 10 and sell as many copies as possible. And who cares about a message when it is all about profit, so let's just write a sond about love. That should work!
I think Ice-T had a point and I think it was his right to tell people about what happened and wake them up even though the language that he used was kind of strong. It was good that people felt offended otherwise the chief of police would probably still work and nobody would know what is going on.