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Ice Spice Gears Up ‘Y2K’ Rollout With New Custom NYC Metrocards

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INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 13: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Ice Spice performs at the Sahara Tent during the 2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2024 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella)

Ice Spice is preparing to release her debut album, and she’s treating fans in her hometown of New York City to custom MetroCards. Starting at midnight on Monday (May 13), 50,000 special MetroCards will be available at four MTA stations: Fordham Road on the 4 train line, Fordham Road on the B and D lines, 34th Street-Penn Station on the A, C, E lines, and Times Square-42nd Street.

You can view photos of the new cards here.

In a recent interview on The Zane Lowe Show, Ice Spice revealed that her mother’s style during her childhood inspired the vibe of her upcoming Y2K-themed album.

“Thankfully, I had my mom, so growing up I’d see her really embody the Y2K aesthetic in its truest form,” she said. “It’s duck nails, it’s a tramp stamp. It’s brown lip liner no matter where you go. So thankfully I had her as my inspo growing up. And of course just, like, the internet, you feel me? Just like anyone else.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ice Spice admitted she felt “nervous” about sampling Sean Paul’s 2002 hit “Gimme the Light.”

“I was really nervous because we really wanted to have a very authentic Y2K sample in there, and Sean Paul, he’s legendary,” she said. “And that song alone, his ‘Gimme the Light,’ is so iconic that I was so nervous to sample it, because I’m like, ‘This isn’t going to get cleared, so what’s the point?’”

She expressed her relief when the sample clearance was approved and praised Sean Paul for being supportive.

“Thankfully we got it cleared. Shouts to Sean Paul. He’s so real,” she added.

“Gimmie a Light” is the latest single from Ice Spice’s highly anticipated debut album Y2K, which will be her second full-length release following last year’s Like..? EP. Named after her birth year and the turn-of-the-millennium computer programming scare, Y2K is expected to drop later this year, though an exact release date has not yet been announced.