March 23, 2005

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Iceman of steel
Concord rapper tells the truth about the ghetto life
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

When someone introduces himself as Iceman, your first instinct might be to jokingly tell him that you are Maverick (that’s a Top Gun reference, just in case you didn’t know).

“Oh man, I’ve heard it all,” said Iceman, a.k.a. Curt Felder.

But there is nothing Hollywood about the way Felder got the name Iceman.

“Basically, back in my Brooklyn days, I was stabbed by an ice pick,” Iceman said. To his friends, Iceman just seemed the perfect moniker.

Iceman’s Brooklyn days come up a lot in conversation, despite his moving from there (to Concord) last year as a way of escaping a lifestyle he grew up in.

Without going into much detail, he confesses he was a street hustler in Brooklyn.

“In the environment I came from, there weren’t a lot of opportunities, and you learned from other people in the neighborhood,” Iceman said. “And when you would see rappers in videos with all that platinum, you wanted that.”

But all that platinum comes at a price.

“I was in a car once that got shot up by a jeepload of Jamaican dealers,” Iceman said. “One of my friends got shot in the head right next to me.”

Iceman has seen and lived violence. But living through it all hasn’t numbed him to it; just the opposite. It’s hard for him to talk about his friend who got shot. It’s hard for him to watch the news or videos with violence.

“You see stuff like that in real life and it just makes you more in tune,” he said.

Iceman’s lyrics reflect him as a man. He speaks of his violent past, but not in a way that glorifies that lifestyle. His lyrics are meant to educate.

“Anyone who listens to this [music] with a half a mind is gonna say ‘I don’t wanna live through that.’”

But still, the thug life is evident in Iceman’s approach and way of thinking.

“One of the lessons I learned early in life, which I’m realizing is a falsehood, is that it’s easier to say f--- the world than it is to say let’s have love, peace and happiness,” he said. “No one tends to hear you. But if you walk softly and carry a big gun, people pay attention. It’s a bad lesson.”


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Cometh
Iceman’s latest single, “No Love,” has seen success in Boston these days. It won the WERS 88.9 Battle of the Beats contest – a contest where radio listeners vote for their favorite song.
Iceman is president of Red Zone Records, based in Cambridge, Mass. His debut CD, Bad Influence, will be released later this year.
For more on Iceman and Red Zone Records, go to www.redzonerecords.net.
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