Ice-T Shares Alarming Story About Accidentally Performing for Basque Separatists

Rapper and actor Ice-T shared a story about a surprising story about performing for a group of Basque Separatists after taking a trip to spain.

Appearing on Monday's episode of comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast, the Body Count vocalist shared the story, while discussing how he approaches politics when in foreign countries.

"I never go to other countries and speak on their particular politics. That's a sucka move to talk about them and then get on a plane and leave," he said. "I relate it to our politics, and they usually can find the parallels in their countries."

After sharing a story about learning about how seriously the Irish take the IRA, Ice-T spoke about getting booked for a show in the autonomous Basque Country. "We went to Spain, and-Do you know what the Basque country is?" Ice-T asked Maron.

While Ice-T didn't name the organization that booked him, it was likely a group associated with the ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), an organization that sought independence for the Basque country, and often used violent tactics to fight for it.

As of 2017 the group killed at least 800 people over 40 years. The United States Institute of Peace said the conflict between the Basque Country and Spain was the "longest enduring violent conflict in Western Europe."

Ice-T said that when he landed the people from the Basque country picked him up from the airport, but their behavior was strange. "We booked a show, and we didn't know we booked it with them. We got off the airport, and these dudes were like covered up, and these dudes were like-okay, looking around and stuff. We jumped in the truck. We're on some off-road s**t, and we end up out in the woods and stuff like that," he said.

He also showed some amusement when trying to figure out the details for the show. "I'm like, 'So, where's the promoter?' They're like, 'Oh, he got arrested last week.' I'm like, 'Yo, who are you? Who are you guys,'" Ice-T laughed.

One of the most telling moments came when the crowd warned the rapper about saying the wrong location he was playing. "We get on the stage. It's like this big tent, and we're playing, and they go, 'Don't say Spain.' I'm like, 'Well, I'm in Spain,'" he said. "'No, you're not in Spain.' Right? So I'm like, 'Oh s**t.'"

Despite some confusion, Ice-T ultimately said that he had a good show. "You're going behind the lines and stuff, but they treated us good too. We had a good time, and then they dropped us off about a block away from the airport," he said.

"You're on your own! Make a run for it," Maron joked.

Throughout the rest of the interview, Ice-T and Maron discussed COVID-19, the new Body Count album, the Iceberg Slim autobiography Pimp and more.

Ice-T declined Newsweek's request for comment.

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Rapper Ice-T of Body Count performs live on stage during the second day of the Wacken Open Air festival on August 2, 2019 in Wacken, Germany. The rapper and actor told a story about getting booked to perform a concert in the Basque country in a recent episode of Marc Maron's 'WTF' podcast. Getty/Gina Wetzler/Redferns