Ice Spice Says She Started “A New Lane”

Ice Spice is featured on the latest cover of Paper Magazine.

BYCole Blake
Ice Spice Says She Started “A New Lane”

Ice Spice says that she's started "a new lane" in hip-hop. The up-and-coming New York rapper discussed her place in the genre during a cover story for Paper Magazine published on Wednesday.

When asked where she fits into "drill’s initial framework," Spice answered: “I don’t know if I fit in. I think that’s what makes me so different. I feel like it’s a new lane that I’ve started, and I’m starting to hear a lot of other artists sound like they belong in my lane now.”

Ice Spice Performs At Rolling Loud

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Rapper Ice Spice performs onstage during day 3 of Rolling Loud Los Angeles at Hollywood Park Grounds on March 05, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Ice Spice also spoke about operating in a genre dominated by male artists. Ice Spice says it's nothing new for her, referencing already being raised in a patriarchial society. She said, “New York raised me. I've been knew this, been around men, had to pass men in the streets, had to take the train with men. So coming into the industry, it's not just like, ‘Whoa, there's men here?’ It's like, ‘Okay, that's the world.’”

Ice Spice has been one of the biggest voices in hip-hop since the release of her breakout hit, "Munch (Feelin' U)." "So real shortly after that, that's when I started to realize my fame was picking up and people was constantly coming up to me. I started to know gradually," she told Paper. "It's not like one day, you're like, ‘Oh yeah, I'm famous.’ At some point, any time you step out the car, instantly people know you, instantly screaming your name.” In the months since, she's reached the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 with the remix too "Boy's a Liar Pt. 2" with PinkPantheress.

Elsewhere in her interview with Paper, Ice Spice revealed that, with her increased level of fame, she's weary of performing in clubs now. “I started to not want to really perform at clubs as much because it started to feel a little scary performing in a club versus performing on a stage,” Spice explained. “I'm not saying I'll never do them again, but I'll do it when it makes sense.”

Ice Spice For "Paper"


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.