“I didn’t know you could lie”

Ice-T joins The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday, where the rapper and longtime Law and Order: SVU the actor reflected on the revelations he had when he started his music career in the mid-1980s. The biggest problem was the hypocritical nature of the music videos intended to show the stars’ lavish lifestyles.

“The biggest thing that surprised me about music was that you could lie,” he explained. “I mean, I was watching music videos, I was like, ‘Oh, this is their house. This is their car. This is their girlfriend.’ Then when I got in there, like, oh, you can rent a car. MTV cribs, ‘You don’t need to have this house, we’ll put you in a house that’s not yours.’ I say to myself, everything is false, you know. And I didn’t know that. And when I got there, you know, I always had to use my own cars.”

Ice-T pointed to the cover of his 1988 album, Poweras proof of his dedication to being real.

“She’s my daughter,” Ice-T said, pointing to the album Colbert was holding. “That’s my son’s mom, Darlene, those are my guns, and that was my life back then, you know? And, hey, I didn’t know you could lie. I was like, what ?”

Ice-T went on to point out other ways besides houses and cars that musicians sell an alternate reality in their music videos.

“They’ll come and put jewelry on you for the video and then take it back,” Ice-T said. “Or you have all the girls in the jacuzzi, and their boyfriends are sitting out of frame, waiting for them, like… So I was from a real world, Steve. I didn’t know about that. Show business is so fake.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert broadcast weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on SCS.

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