Black Ice - The Death of Willie Lynch    
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written by Nelea Johnson    
"The Life of the Prolific Poet"

Black Ice's celebrity came from his re-occuring stand on Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam, along with his racial and social issues, combined hip-hop flow with rich vocabulary to create a unique style.

Black Ice, born Lamar Manson, began perfecting his craft on the streets of North Philidelphia. He was discovered by Russell Simmons at New York's Soul Cafe' and became the first spoken word artist signed to Def Jam Records, now signed to Koch Records, his newly released album entitled, "The Death of Willie Lynch" is a mix of personal issues, struggles and living 'black' in America, with guest apperances from Musiq and Natalie Stewart of Floetry. "It took me about a year to get the CD together, we (Black Ice and his producers) picked the best songs for the CD," he stated.

"I thought the name, Death of Willie Lynch, best decribes what my the album is all about." he confessed.

With tracks like, 'Lone Solider, a song about father-daughter relationship when they are not living in the same household. When asked about the difficulties of raising children in today's society, he assured me that society is not going to change him. "It was crazy when we was growing up, and nothing's changed, I don't change or fear society, I just raise mine [children] to be strong.

Another track about society is the controversal song, 'The Ugly Show", a song about the Hurricane Katrina victims.

Having performed at the Hip-Hop Summit, Source Youth Foundation, Shine, Congressional Black Caucus, and for the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Minister Louis Farrakhan, he knows that he has a long way to go in this industry. "This is just the beginning, I have more steps to climb, but I'm living and that is good enough for me."

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