Ice T grew up mostly in the upper middle class, so I figure he was a sell-out from day one, like a lot of other upper-middle-class black guys who became rappers because (1) they were connected and (2) it paid well.
Selling out black youth to promote the image of black americans as ghetto-dwelling misogynist drug-dealing obscenity-spouting gangsters with lots of money. And not only black youth, youth generally. That’s been the ‘youth’ culture for more than 30 years, a couple of generations.
His white (Serbian immigrant) wife the swimsuit model/lite porn actress is likely more ‘ghetto’ than he is.