When he was held by Washington, D.C., police regarding the murder of a drug dealer in 1987 ("Murder, Drugs, and the Rap Star" read a Washington Post headline), it gave him an even greater notoriety (he was never charged with the murder). Declaring war on D.C.'s go-go scene and loudly criticizing Run-D.M.C. (very popular in New York at this time), Just-Ice set a pattern for many a future hip-hop feud. Little could halt Just-Ice's ascension to hip hop stardom, though the departure of Mantronik from Sleeping Bag was a bad omen. KRS-One stepped in to produce 1987's Kool & Deadly (Justicizms), an album that swapped Mantronik's hi-tech skills for raw, elemental beats and rhymes. The British and New York public that had so enthusiastically embraced Back to the Old School were indifferent about this one, and 1989's The Desolate One (with KRS-One back in the producer's seat) was no great improvement. Legendary turntablist Grandmaster Flash produced Ice’s fourth album and last for Fresh/Sleeping Bag, Masterpiece.
By 1990, both Just-Ice and Sleeping Bag appeared to be quickly fading as a new generation of MCs and labels overtook them. He continued to release albums at intervals across the 1990s, but they were on tiny independent labels—although one, 1993's Gun Talk, had major-label distribution and had five of the album's 10 cuts produced by Kurtis Mantronik—they were seldom noticed. This was in part due to Just-Ice's gruff exterior, in one instance at the now defunct Chicago hip hop radio station WJPC 950 AM, while promoting the album Just-Ice went on an expletive-filled rant about 'the state of hip hop'. The station abruptly cut off his mic, stopped the interview, had security escort Just-Ice out of the building and took the lead single out of its rotation.
Just-Ice was a member of hip-hop super session the Stop the Violence All Stars, which released one single ("Self Destruction") in 1990, which promoted peace in the communities.
In recent years, Just Ice has released several white label 12 inches with production being handled by hip hop superstar producer, DJ Premier.
Just Ice's first single on the A side of "this girl is a slut" was "LaToya". Not "Put that record back on"