Fear of a Black Hat (1993)
Nina Blackburn: So, guys, what's the deal with the hats?
Ice Cold: That's what NWH is all about. We got a whole hat philosophy, you know what I'm saying? I mean, see, back in the days when there was slaves and stuff, they would work in the hot sun all day, you know, with the sun beating down them. Hatless. I mean, not even a babushka.
Tone Def: Word. Heads totally exposed to the sun.
Ice Cold: You know, so by the time they got back to the plantation from being in all the heat, they was too tired to rebel against their masters, right? So what we saying with Niggaz With Hats is, "Yo, we got some hats now, muh-fuckers."
Tasty Taste: And we ain't too tired to bust a cap in yo ass.
Tasty Taste: We anti-violent. Anyone says different, I'll bust a cap in their ass.
Ice Cold: Right, but see actually that shit was supposed to be NWH - Fear of a Black Hat, then subtitled "Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites."
Nina Blackburn: Of their eyes?
Ice Cold: Who's eyes?
Nina Blackburn: Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.
Ice Cold: Nah, don't shoot until you see the whites, period. That's it, end of story.
Ice Cold: "P", Political, "U", Unrest, "S", Stabilize, another "S", Society, "Y", Yeah.
Nina Blackburn: So, what's the deal with the hats?
Ice Cold: Shit, the hats're what NWH is all about. See, back in the day when there were slaves and stuff, we was forced to work in the hot sun all day, hatless. I mean, not even a babushka.
Tone Def: Word. Heads totally exposed to the sun.
Ice Cold: So when the slaves got back from the fields, they was too tired to revolt against they masters. So what we're sayin' now is: Yo, we got some hats now, muh-fuckas.
Tasty Taste: And we ain't too tired to bust a cap in yo' ass.
Ice Cold: He gonna knock Kriss Kross out the box 'cuz he's gonna be upside down.
Nina Blackburn: They say it's the quiet ones that you have to watch out for.
Tasty Taste: And, if you've noticed, I ain't said shit for a couple minutes now.
Ice Cold: Over here we got some perpetrators - a bunch of Ice Wannabes. See, Ice Cold, I'm the man, but we got Ice Tray, Ice Coffee, Ice Water, Iceberg, Ice Cup, Icebox. I mean it gets real ridiculous when people tryin' to bite your style, you know what I'm sayin'? But, hey, that's the way it is, it's the rap world.
Nina Blackburn: So where are you guys from? Compton? The sewer?
Tone Def: Nah, that shit is for punks.
Ice Cold: Yeah, we don't like to say where we from.
Nina Blackburn: I thought all rappers like telling people where they're from.
Tone Def: That's like a muh-fucka saying he got a big dick and can fuck for hours.
Nina Blackburn: What, if any, is the difference between a ho and a bitch?
Tone Def: A ho fucks EVERYBODY.
Ice Cold: Right, but a bitch fucks everybody BUT YOU.
Tone Def: The black man was the first sensitive man, long before Alan Alda.
Tone Def: I need one of y'all to stick that bedpan underneath my ass.
Tasty Taste: It ain't THAT type of party.
Geoffrey Lennox: Just look at you three brothers. Just look at you. Together. You. You little black stove-pipe-colored nigga, Tasty. You are the same complexion as Marcus Garvey, the man that brought self-love to the black consciousness movement in the 1930s. And when we speak about complexion, we move into the political perspective of where y'all coming from. You, Ice. You's a good, high-yellow piss-colored motherfucker. Same complexion as Bob Marley. I mean, you even got that dreadlock thing going for you. You could even move into a whole Rasta thing, if you wanted to. But that's another story. And you. You good red-boned, morani-colored, genie-in-a-bottle-looking motherfucker. You are the same complexion as Malcom X. That's right. Take off your hat. Jeeze! Red hair, just like Malcom! Boy, I'm telling you, you brothers are gonna be large! But like I said, you got to be careful. Because y'all are telling the truth, and the white man don't want you all saying what you're saying.
Guy Friesch: Take away the pornography; take away, you know, the, you know, women-bashing; take away the kill-whitey stuff. Take it all away, and you've got the kids next door, you really do.
Nina Blackburn: Next door to you?
Guy Friesch: Not me.
Geoffrey Lennox: "Guerillas in the Midst", man, that is gonna be *crazy* large. And the album "Fear of a Black Hat", that's gonna be bigger than "Wild Thing". Oh, man, you brothers are gonna be large for the simple fact that you're with me. And I got the wining team, and I am large. I am larger than large. In fact, I'm so big they call me Dinosaur.
Tiffini: [in a Japanese accent] I talk Japanese, but I sing Black. Like Paula Abdul.
Nina Blackburn: Are all these weapons registered with the state?
Tasty Taste: The state of siege, heh heh.
Guy Friesch: That was not good: Kicking the record company guy's ass. That was counter-productive.
Tone Def: Yeah. Because when you take the bus... you GET there.
Geoffrey Lennox: [pauses] THAT'S deep.
Ice Cold: Wait, you mean you actually understand what he's saying?
Geoffrey Lennox: Oh, yeah.
Tasty Taste: This is a bazooka, see? And you just pick this up like this. It's-it's-it's-it's kind of heavy. But I figured if I couldn't pick it up, I need to have it.
Nina Blackburn: Why would you need a bazooka?
Tasty Taste: Well, sometimes you gotta take out stuff like a bus or a building, or a *bunch* of muhfuckas.
Nina Blackburn: Do you worry that you have a lot of enemies, more than the average guy?
Tasty Taste: So what you tryin' to say? You tryin' to say that I'm, like, paranoid 'n stuff? Do I look like the kind of person that would be paranoid? I mean, when you rollin' with THIS, would *you* be paranoid?