Ice-T opens up about fatherhood: 'A 57-year-old black man can still put it down!'
Husband and wife duo Ice-T and Coco are taking over the world of daytime TV with their upcoming new Ice & Coco talk show.
The show, which premieres August 3rd on FOX-owned stations across the country, promises to take on the topics of the day — all things newsworthy or celeb-worthy — and showcase the couple’s fun, authentic vibe and honest curiosity about what’s happening in the world.
Earlier this week, news broke that the Ice-T (57) and Coco (36) are expecting their first child together.
The legendary rapper, who currently has two children and a 20-year-old grandson, opened up about becoming a father again.
“A 57-year-old black man can still put it down,” Ice-T said slapping his right hand down on the desk. “Homie, it’s not a problem! I decided I’m gonna live forever. I don’t have any time to die. […] I’m not going anywhere. The cats that are worrying about my age, they need to worry about themselves. I’m taking care of myself and she’s taking care of me.”
In 1992, Ice-T was featured on Body Count’s “Cop Killer” track, which sparked controversy and negative reactions from political figures of the time, including President Bush, as many felt the song advocated for the murder of policemen.
Ice-T says he doesn’t foresee using the “feel good” platform of Ice & Coco to address some of the more serious news stories dominating social media, including the countless police shootings of unarmed suspects.
However, he was able address the concern that a large portion of the public has over police tactics.
“People are worried about what’s going on with the people and the cops. What they really need to worry about is what the children are seeing,” Ice-T said. “When I was growing up I watched my father march in the civil rights marches[…] The kids right now are watching TV… they’re watching social media. So when you’ve got a 10-year-old kid and they’re watching cops shooting people and beating people down, do you think that kid is gonna trust the police? You’re creating a generation of kids that are gonna fear the cops. I just think it has to be addressed. Justice for all. If you break the law, you need to suffer the consequences… period.”
Ice & Coco premieres August 3rd on FOX-owned stations in New York (WNYW), Los Angeles (KTTV), Washington D.C. (WTTG), Atlanta (WAGA), Phoenix (KSAZ) and Detroit (WJBK), as well as on Sinclair Broadcasting stations in Baltimore (WUTB) and Raleigh (WRDC).