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Ice-T
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Ice-T in Manhattan on the set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in March 2011
Born
Tracy Lauren Marrow

(1958-02-16) February 16, 1958 (age 61)
Residence Edgewater, New Jersey
Other names
  • Ice-T
  • Ice T
  • Iceberg
  • Ice Oscillator
Occupation
  • Musician
  • actor
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • record executive
  • author
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Coco Austin (m. 2002)
Children3
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • sampler
  • turntables
Labels
Associated acts
Military career
AllegianceFlag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States of America
Service/branchFlag of the United States Army (official specifications).svg  United States Army

Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), [1] better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, record executive and author. He began his career as an underground rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays ; the second hip-hop album to carry an explicit content sticker after Slick Rick's La Di Da Di . The following year, he founded the record label Rhyme $yndicate Records (named after his collective of fellow hip-hop artists called the "Rhyme $yndicate") and released another album, Power , which went on to go Platinum. He also released several other albums that went Gold.

Sire Records is an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Records.

<i>Rhyme Pays</i> debut album of Ice-T

Rhyme Pays is the debut studio album by American rapper Ice-T, released on July 28, 1987 by Sire Records. The album peaked at number 93 on the US Billboard 200 and number 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Parental Advisory warning label placed on audio recordings in recognition of excessive profanities or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of potentially unsuitable material for younger children

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He co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced on his 1991 rap album O.G.: Original Gangster , on the track titled "Body Count". The band released their self-titled debut album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track "Cop Killer", which glamorized killing police officers. Ice-T asked to be released from his contract with Warner Bros. Records, and his next solo album, Home Invasion , was released later in February 1993 through Priority Records. Body Count's next album was released in 1994, and Ice-T released two more albums in the late-1990s. Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective/Sergeant Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit .

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Body Count (band) American band

Body Count is an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1990. The group is fronted by Ice-T, who co-founded the group with lead guitarist Ernie C out of their interest in heavy metal music. Ice-T took on the role of vocalist and writing the lyrics for most of the group's songs. Lead guitarist Ernie C has been responsible for writing the group's music. Their controversial self-titled debut album was released on Sire Records in 1992.

<i>Body Count</i> (album) album

Body Count is the eponymous debut studio album by American crossover thrash band Body Count, released on March 31, 1992 by Sire Records. The album's material focuses on various social and political issues ranging from police brutality to drug abuse. It also presents a turning point in the career of Ice-T, who co-wrote the album's songs with lead guitarist Ernie C and performed as the band's lead singer. Previously known only as a rapper, Ice-T's work with the band helped establish a crossover audience with rock music fans. The album produced the single "There Goes the Neighborhood".

Early life

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Tracy Lauren Marrow, son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, [5] [6] was born in Newark, New Jersey. [7] Solomon was African-American, and Alice was Creole. [5] For decades, Solomon worked as a conveyor belt mechanic at the Rapistan Conveyor Company. When Marrow was a child, his family moved to upscale Summit, New Jersey. [5] The first time race played a major part in Marrow's life was at the age of seven, when he became aware of the racism leveled by his white friends towards black children, and that he escaped similar treatment because they thought that Marrow was white due to his lighter skin. [5] Relaying this incident to his mother, she told him, "Honey, people are stupid"; her advice and this incident taught Marrow to control the way the negativity of others affected him. [5]

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His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. Solomon raised Marrow as a single father for four years, with help from a housekeeper. [5] Marrow's first experience with illicit activity occurred after a bicycle that his father bought him for Christmas was stolen. After Marrow told his father, Solomon shrugged, "Well, then, you ain't got no bike." [5] Marrow stole parts from bicycles and assembled "three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes" from the parts; his father either did not notice or never acknowledged this. [5] When Marrow was twelve years old, Solomon died of a heart attack. [5] [8] For many years, AllMusic.com has stated that his parents "died in an auto accident", [1] but Ice-T has stated that it was actually he who had been in a car accident, and that it was decades later. [5]

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Following his father's death, the orphaned Marrow lived with a nearby aunt briefly, then was sent to live with his other aunt and her husband in View Park-Windsor Hills, an upper middle-class Black neighborhood in South Los Angeles. [9] While his cousin Earl was preparing to leave for college, Marrow shared a bedroom with him. Earl was a fan of rock music and listened only to the local rock radio stations; sharing a room with him sparked Marrow's interest in heavy metal music. [10]

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Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

High school, early criminal activity, military service

Marrow moved to the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles when he was in the eighth grade. He attended Palms Junior High, which was predominantly made up of white students, and included black students who travelled by bus from South Central to attend. [9] He then attended Crenshaw High School, which was almost entirely made up of black students. [9] [11]

Crenshaw, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

Crenshaw, sometimes nicknamed as The 'Shaw or the Crenshaw District, is a neighborhood in the South Los Angeles region of Los Angeles, California. The name derives from Crenshaw Boulevard, one of the city's major thoroughfares.

Crenshaw High School high school

Crenshaw High School is a four-year public secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located on 11th Avenue in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, California.

Marrow stood out from most of his friends because he did not drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use drugs. [12] During Marrow's time in high school, gangs became more prevalent in the Los Angeles school system. Students who belonged to the Crips and Bloods gangs attended Crenshaw, and fought in the school's hallways. [9] Marrow, while never an actual gang member, was affiliated with the former. [9] Marrow began reading the novels of Iceberg Slim, which he memorized and recited to his friends, who enjoyed hearing the excerpts and told him, "Yo, kick some more of that by Ice, T", [12] giving Marrow his famous nickname. Marrow and other Crips wrote and performed "Crip Rhymes". [13]

His music career started with the band of the singing group The Precious Few of Crenshaw High School. Marrow and his group opened the show, dancing to a live band. The singers were Thomas Barnes, Ronald Robinson and Lapekas Mayfield.

In 1975, at the age of seventeen, Marrow began receiving Social Security benefits resulting from the death of his father and used the money to rent an apartment for $90 a month. [12] He sold cannabis and stole car stereos to earn extra cash, but he was not making enough to support his pregnant girlfriend. Once his daughter was born, he joined the United States Army in October 1977. Marrow served a two-year and two month tour in the 25th Infantry Division [12] [14] and was associated with a group of soldiers charged with the theft of a rug. [12] While awaiting trial, he received a $2,500 bonus check and went absent without leave, returning a month later, after the rug had been returned. Marrow received a non-judicial punishment as a consequence of his dereliction of duty. [12]

During his spell in the Army, Marrow became interested in hip hop music. He heard The Sugar Hill Gang's newly released single "Rapper's Delight" (1979), which inspired him to perform his own raps over the instrumentals of this and other early hip-hop records. The music, however, did not fit his lyrics or form of delivery. [13]

When he was stationed in Hawaii (where prostitution was not a heavily prosecuted crime) as a squad leader at Schofield Barracks, Marrow met a pimp named Mac. [12] Mac admired that Marrow could quote Iceberg Slim and he taught Marrow how to be a pimp himself. [12] Marrow was also able to purchase stereo equipment cheaply in Hawaii, including two Technics turntables, a mixer, and large speakers. Once equipped, he then began to learn turntablism and rapping. [13]

Towards the end of his tenure in the Army, Marrow learned from his commanding officer that he could receive an honorable discharge because he was a single father, so he was discharged in December 1979. [12] [14]

During an episode of The Adam Carolla Podcast that aired on June 6, 2012, Marrow claimed that after being discharged from the Army, he began a career as a bank robber. Marrow claimed he and some associates began conducting take-over bank robberies "like [in the film] Heat ." Marrow then elaborated, explaining, "Only punks go for the drawer, we gotta go for the safe." Marrow also stated he was glad the United States justice system has statutes of limitations, which had likely expired when Marrow admitted to his involvement in multiple Class 1 Felonies in the early-to-mid 1980s.

Career

Music

Early career (1980–1981)

After leaving the Army, Marrow wanted to stay away from gang life and violence and instead make a name for himself as a disc jockey. [13] As a tribute to Iceberg Slim, Marrow adopted the stage name Ice-T. While performing as a DJ at parties, he received more attention for his rapping, which led Ice-T to pursue a career as a rapper. [13] After breaking up with his girlfriend Caitlin Boyd, he returned to a life of crime and robbed jewelry stores with his high school friends. Ice-T's raps later described how he and his friends pretended to be customers to gain access before smashing the display glass with baby sledgehammers. [13] [15]

Ice-T's friends Al P. and Sean E. Sean went to prison. Al P. was caught in 1982 and sent to prison for robbing a high-end jewelry store in Laguna Niguel for $2.5 million in jewelry. Sean was arrested for possession of not only cannabis, which Sean sold, but also material stolen by Ice-T. Sean took the blame and served two years in prison. Ice-T stated that he owed a debt of gratitude to Sean because his prison time allowed him to pursue a career as a rapper. [16] Concurrently, he wound up in a car accident and was hospitalized as a John Doe because he did not carry any form of identification due to his criminal activities. [17] After being discharged from the hospital, he decided to abandon the criminal lifestyle and pursue a professional career rapping. [17] Two weeks after being released from the hospital, he won an open mic competition judged by Kurtis Blow. [18]

Professional career (1982–present)

Ice-T released a string of Electro records, including the 1984 single "Reckless" (pictured), before recording gangsta rap music. Ice-T, The Glove & Dave Storrs - Reckless-Tebitan Jam (Taxidermi Records-1990s) (Side A).jpg
Ice-T released a string of Electro records, including the 1984 single "Reckless" (pictured), before recording gangsta rap music.

In 1982, Ice-T met producer Willie Strong from Saturn Records. In 1983, Strong recorded Ice-T's first single, "Cold Wind Madness", also known as "The Coldest Rap", an electro hip-hop record that became an underground success, becoming popular even though radio stations did not play it due to the song's hardcore lyrics. [16] That same year, Ice-T released "Body Rock", another electro hip-hop single that found popularity in clubs. Ice-T then was a featured rapper on "Reckless", a single by DJ Chris "The Glove" Taylor and (co-producer) David Storrs. This song was almost immediately followed up with a sequel entitled "Reckless Rivalry (Combat)", which was featured in the Breakin' sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo , however it was never featured on the soundtrack album and, to this day, has never been released. Ice later recorded the songs "Ya Don't Quit" and "Dog'n the Wax (Ya Don't Quit-Part II)" with Unknown DJ, who provided a Run–D.M.C.-like sound for the songs. [18]

Ice-T received further inspiration as an artist from Schoolly D's gangsta rap single "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?", which he heard in a club. Ice-T enjoyed the single's sound and delivery, as well as its vague references to gang life, although the real life gang, Park Side Killers, was not named in the song. [18]

Ice-T decided to adopt Schoolly D's style, and wrote the lyrics to his first gangsta rap song, "6 in the Mornin'", in his Hollywood apartment, and created a minimal beat with a Roland TR-808. He compared the sound of the song, which was recorded as a B-Side on the single "Dog'n The Wax", to that of the Beastie Boys. [18] The single was released in 1986, and he learned that "6 in the Mornin'" was more popular in clubs than its A-side, leading Ice-T to rap about Los Angeles gang life, which he described more explicitly than any previous rapper. He intentionally did not represent any particular gang, and wore a mixture of red and blue clothing and shoes to avoid antagonizing gang-affiliated listeners, who debated his true affiliation. [18]

Ice-T headlined Public Enemy's 1988 "Bring the Noise" concert tour. Bring the Noise Tour at Joe Louis Arena 1988-12-10 (ticket).jpg
Ice-T headlined Public Enemy's 1988 "Bring the Noise" concert tour.

Ice-T finally landed a deal with a major label Sire Records. When label founder and president Seymour Stein heard his demo, he said, "He sounds like Bob Dylan." [19] Shortly after, he released his debut album Rhyme Pays in 1987 supported by DJ Evil E, DJ Aladdin and producer Afrika Islam, who helped create the mainly party-oriented sound. The record wound up being certified gold by the RIAA. That same year, he recorded the title theme song for Dennis Hopper's Colors, a film about inner-city gang life in Los Angeles. His next album Power was released in 1988, under his own label Rhyme Syndicate, and it was a more assured and impressive record, earning him strong reviews and his second gold record. Released in 1989, The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say established his popularity by matching excellent abrasive music with narrative and commentative lyrics. [1] In the same year, he appeared on Hugh Harris's single "Alice". [20]

In 1991, he released his album O.G. Original Gangster , which is regarded as one of the albums that defined gangsta rap.[ citation needed ] On OG, he introduced his heavy metal band Body Count in a track of the same name. Ice-T toured with Body Count on the first annual Lollapalooza concert tour in 1991, gaining him appeal among middle-class teenagers and fans of alternative music genres. The album Body Count was released in March 1992. [1] For his appearance on the heavily collaborative track "Back on the Block", a composition by jazz musician Quincy Jones that "attempt[ed] to bring together black musical styles from jazz to soul to funk to rap", Ice-T won a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, an award shared by others who worked on the track including Jones and fellow jazz musician Ray Charles. [21]

Controversy later surrounded Body Count over its song "Cop Killer". The rock song was intended to speak from the viewpoint of a criminal getting revenge on racist, brutal cops. Ice-T's rock song infuriated government officials, the National Rifle Association and various police advocacy groups. [1] [22] Consequently, Time Warner Music refused to release Ice-T's upcoming album Home Invasion because of the controversy surrounding "Cop Killer". Ice-T suggested that the furor over the song was an overreaction, telling journalist Chuck Philips "...they've done movies about nurse killers and teacher killers and student killers. Arnold Schwarzenegger blew away dozens of cops as the Terminator. But I don't hear anybody complaining about that." In the same interview, Ice-T suggested to Philips that the misunderstanding of Cop Killer, the misclassification of it as a rap song (not a rock song), and the attempts to censor it had racial overtones: "The Supreme Court says it's OK for a white man to burn a cross in public. But nobody wants a black man to write a record about a cop killer." [22]

Ice-T split amicably with Sire/Warner Bros. Records after a dispute over the artwork of the album Home Invasion . He then reactivated Rhyme Syndicate and formed a deal with Priority Records for distribution. Priority released Home Invasion in the spring of 1993. [23] The album peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #14 on the Billboard 200, [24] spawning several singles including "Gotta Lotta Love", "I Ain't New To This" and "99 Problems" – which would later inspire Jay-Z to record a version with new lyrics in 2003.

Ice-T had also collaborated with certain other heavy metal bands during this time period. For the film Judgment Night , he did a duet with Slayer on the track "Disorder". [25] In 1995, Ice-T made a guest performance on Forbidden by Black Sabbath. [6] Another album of his, VI – Return of the Real , was released in 1996, followed by The Seventh Deadly Sin in 1999. [26]

His first rap album since 1999, Gangsta Rap , was released on October 31, 2006. The album's cover, which "shows [Ice-T] lying on his back in bed with his ravishing wife's ample posterior in full view and one of her legs coyly draped over his private parts", was considered to be too suggestive for most retailers, many of which were reluctant to stock the album. [27] Some reviews of the album were unenthusiastic, as many had hoped for a return to the political raps of Ice-T's most successful albums.

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Ice-T with Body Count performing in 2006.

Ice-T appears in the film Gift . One of the last scenes includes Ice-T and Body Count playing with Jane's Addiction in a version of the Sly and the Family Stone song "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey."

Besides fronting his own band and rap projects, Ice-T has also collaborated with other hard rock and metal bands, such as Icepick, Motörhead, Slayer, Pro-Pain, and Six Feet Under. He has also covered songs by hardcore punk bands such as The Exploited, Jello Biafra, and Black Flag. Ice-T made an appearance at Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos (2008 edition). [28] Ice-T was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists. [29] His 2012 film Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap features a who's who of underground and mainstream rappers. [30]

In November 2011, Ice-T announced via Twitter that he was in the process of collecting beats for his next LP which was expected sometime during 2012, but as of October 2014, the album has not been released. A new Body Count album, Bloodlust , was released in 2017. [31] After the release of the album, responding to an interview question asking if he's "done with rap", he answered "I don't know" and noted that he's "really leaning more toward EDM right now". [32]

Acting

Television and film

Ice-T's first film appearances were in the motion pictures, Breakin' (1984), and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1985). These films were released before Ice-T released his first LP, although he appears on the soundtrack to Breakin'. He has since stated he considers the films and his own performance in them to be "wack". [33]

In 1991, he embarked on a serious acting career, portraying police detective Scotty Appleton in Mario Van Peebles' action thriller New Jack City , gang leader Odessa (alongside Denzel Washington and John Lithgow) in Ricochet (1991), gang leader King James in Trespass (1992), followed by a notable lead role performance in Surviving the Game (1994), in addition to many supporting roles, such as J-Bone in Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and the marsupial mutant T-Saint in Tank Girl (1995). He was also interviewed in the Brent Owens documentary Pimps Up, Ho's Down, [34] in which he claims to have had an extensive pimping background before getting into rap. He is quoted as saying "once you max something out, it ain't no fun no more. I couldn't really get no farther." He goes on to explain his pimping experience gave him the ability to get into new businesses. "I can't act, I really can't act, I ain't no rapper, it's all game. I'm just working these niggas." Later he raps at the Players Ball.

In 1993, Ice-T along with other rappers and the three Yo! MTV Raps hosts Ed Lover, Doctor Dré and Fab 5 Freddy starred in the comedy Who's the Man? , directed by Ted Demme. In the movie, he is a drug dealer who gets really frustrated when someone calls him by his real name, "Chauncey", rather than his street name, "Nighttrain."

Ice-T with Christopher Meloni shooting Law & Order: SVU on Broome Street in SoHo, New York City (October 10, 2008) LAWORDERSVU101008.JPG
Ice-T with Christopher Meloni shooting Law & Order: SVU on Broome Street in SoHo, New York City (October 10, 2008)

In 1995, Ice-T had a recurring role as vengeful drug dealer Danny Cort on the television series New York Undercover , co-created by Dick Wolf. His work on the series earned him the 1996 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 1997, he co-created the short-lived series Players , produced by Wolf. This was followed by a role as pimp Seymour "Kingston" Stockton in Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998). These collaborations led Wolf to add Ice-T to the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since 2000 he has portrayed Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, a former undercover narcotics officer transferred to the Special Victims Unit. In 2002, the NAACP awarded Ice-T with a second Image Award, again for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for his work on Law & Order: SVU.

Around 1995, [35] Ice-T co-presented a UK-produced magazine television series on black culture, Baadasss TV. [36]

In 1997, Ice-T had a pay-per-view special titled Ice-T's Extreme Babes which appeared on Action PPV, formerly owned by BET Networks. [37] [38]

In 1999, Ice-T starred in the HBO movie Stealth Fighter as a United States Naval Aviator who fakes his own death, steals a F-117 stealth fighter, and threatens to destroy United States military bases. He also acted in the movie Sonic Impact , released the same year.

Ice-T made an appearance on the comedy television series Chappelle's Show as himself presenting the award for "Player Hater of the Year" at the "Player-Haters Ball", a parody of his own appearance at the Players Ball. He was dubbed the "Original Player Hater."

Beyond Tough, a 2002 documentary series, aired on Discovery Channel about the world's most dangerous and intense professions, such as alligator wrestlers and Indy 500 pit crews, was hosted by Ice-T. [39]

In 2007, Ice-T appeared as a celebrity guest star on the MTV sketch comedy show Short Circuitz . Also in late 2007, he appeared in the short-music film Hands of Hatred, which can be found online.

Ice-T at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Burning Down the House Ice-T at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival 2.jpg
Ice-T at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of Burning Down the House

Ice-T was interviewed for the Cannibal Corpse retrospective documentary Centuries of Torment , as well as appearing in Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair , in which he reminisced about going to school in hair curlers. [40]

A 2016 advertisement for GEICO features Ice-T behind a lemonade stand run by children. When people ask if it's Ice-T, the actor yells back, "No, it's lemonade!" [41]

Voice acting

Ice-T voiced Madd Dogg in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas , as well as Agent Cain in Sanity: Aiken's Artifact . He also appears as himself in Def Jam: Fight for NY and UFC: Tapout fighting video games.

He also voiced the character Aaron Griffin in the video game Gears of War 3 . [42]

He was the voice of Jackie A in Tommy and the Cool Mule. [43]

He voiced over the "LawBreakers" announcement trailer. [44]

Other ventures

Podcasting

On December 27, 2013, Ice-T announced that he was entering podcasting in a deal with the Paragon Collective. Ice-T co-hosts the Ice-T: Final Level podcast [45] with his longtime friend, Mick Benzo (known as Zulu Beatz on Sirius XM). They discuss relevant issues, movies, video games, and do a behind the scenes of Law Order: SVU segment with featured guests from the entertainment world. The show will release new episodes bi-weekly. Guests have included Jim Norton. [46] Ice-T released his first episode on January 7 to many accolades. [47]

Reality television

On October 20, 2006, Ice-T's Rap School aired and was a reality television show on VH1. It was a spin-off of the British reality show Gene Simmons' Rock School , which also aired on VH1. In Rap School, rapper/actor Ice-T teaches eight teens from York Preparatory School in New York called the "York Prep Crew" ("Y.P. Crew" for short). Each week, Ice-T gives them assignments and they compete for an imitation gold chain with a microphone on it. On the season finale on November 17, 2006, the group performed as an opening act for Public Enemy.

On June 12, 2011, E! reality show Ice Loves Coco debuted. The show is mostly about his relationship with his wife of ten years, Nicole "Coco" Austin. [48] [49]

Style and influence

Ice-T cites writer Iceberg Slim and rapper Schoolly D as influences, with Iceberg Slim's novels guiding his skills as a lyricist. [13] [18] His favorite heavy rock acts are Edgar Winter, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. [10] His hip hop albums helped shape the gangsta rap style, with music journalists tracing works of artists such as Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Eminem and N.W.A to "6 in the Mornin'". [18]

His love of rock music led Ice-T to use electric guitar in the instrumentation of his hip hop albums in order to provide his songs with edge and power, and to make his raps harder; he used the fusion of rock and hip hop of Rick Rubin-produced acts like Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and LL Cool J, which featured rock samples in their songs. [10] His work with Body Count, whose 1992 debut album Ice-T described as a "rock album with a rap mentality", [50] is described as paving the way for the success of rap rock fusions by bands like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit; [10] [50] however, Ice-T states that the band's style does not fuse the two genres, and is solely a rock band. [10]

Personal life

In 1976, Marrow's girlfriend Adrienne gave birth to their daughter LeTesha (born March 20, 1976) and they attended high school while raising her. [12] While filming Breakin' in 1984, he met his second girlfriend Darlene Ortiz, who was at the club where the film was shot. They began a relationship and Ortiz was featured on the covers of Rhyme Pays and Power . [18] Ice-T and Ortiz had son Ice Tracy Marrow in 1992. [18]

Ice-T married swimsuit model Nicole "Coco Marie" Austin [49] in January 2002. [51] In celebration of their impending 9th wedding anniversary, the couple renewed their wedding vows on June 4, 2011. [48] As of 2006 they owned a penthouse apartment in North Bergen, New Jersey. [52] In 2012 they were building a five-bedroom house in Edgewater, New Jersey, that was expected to be completed by the end of the year. [53] On November 28, 2015, the couple announced their child Chanel Nicole Marrow had been born, without specifying the exact date. [54] [55]

Activism

During the popularity of Public Enemy, Ice-T was closely associated with the band and his recordings of the time showed a similar political viewpoint. He was referred to as "The Soldier of the Highest Degree" in the booklet for Fear of a Black Planet and mentioned on the track "Leave This Off Your F***in' Charts". He also collaborated with fellow anti-censorship campaigner Jello Biafra on his album The Iceberg/Freedom Of Speech... Just Watch What You Say! .

On June 5, 2008, Ice-T joked that he would be voting for John McCain in the 2008 American elections, speculating that his past affiliation with Body Count could hurt Barack Obama's chances if he endorsed him, so he would choose instead to ruin John McCain's campaign by saying he supported him. [56] [57]

Personal disputes

LL Cool J

Ice-T had a feud with LL Cool J in the late 1980s, and early 1990s. Apparently, this was instigated by LL's claim to be "the baddest rapper in the history of rap itself". [58] Ice-T recorded disses against LL on his 1988 album Power. On the album was the track, "I'm Your Pusher", in which a rap music addict declines to buy an LL Cool J record. The album also contains the posse rap track, "The Syndicate", which took aim at LL's lyrical ability, claiming that rapping about oneself so frequently was a "first grade topic". [59] The song also mocked the song's hook "I'm Bad", which identified it as an LL diss specifically. In the book Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies, Ice-T said that the song "Girls L.G.B.N.A.F." was also intended as a diss to LL Cool J, by making a crude song to contrast with the love songs that LL was making at the time. [60]

On LL's response, "To da Break of Dawn" in 1990, he dissed Kool Moe Dee (whose feud with LL was far more publicized) as well as MC Hammer. He then devoted the third verse of the song to dissing Ice-T, mocking his rap ability ("take your rhymes around the corner to rap rehab"), his background ("before you rapped, you was a downtown car thief"), and his style ("a brother with a perm deserves to get burned"). He also suggested that the success of Power was due to the appearance of Ice-T's girlfriend Darlene on the album cover. Ice-T appeared to have ignored the insults and he had also defended LL Cool J after his arrest in the song "Freedom of Speech". [61]

In August 2012, Ice-T said that the rivalry was "never serious" and that he needed a nemesis to create "an exciting dispute". [62]

Soulja Boy Tell 'Em

In June 2008, on DJ Cisco's Urban Legend mixtape, Ice-T criticized DeAndre Cortez "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em" Way for "killing hip hop" and his song "Crank That" for being "garbage" compared to the works of other hip-hop artists such as Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube. One of the comments in the exchange was when Ice-T told Way to "eat a dick". [63] The two then traded numerous videos back and forth over the Internet. These videos included a cartoon and video of Ice-T dancing on Way's behalf and an apology, but reiteration of his feelings that Way's music "sucks", on Ice-T's behalf. [64] Rapper Kanye West defended Way saying "He came from the 'hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song." [65]

Discography

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1984 Breakin' Rap TalkerDebut on film
1985 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Radiotron Rapper
Rappin' Himself
1991 New Jack City Scotty AppletonNominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Ricochet Odessa
1992Why Colors?Himself
Trespass King James
1993 CB4 Himself
Who's the Man? Nighttrain/Chauncey
Gift HimselfVideo
1994 Surviving the Game Jack MasonFirst leading role
1995 Tank Girl T-Saint
Johnny Mnemonic J-Bone
1996 Frankenpenis HimselfDirect-to-video
1997 Below Utopia Jim
Rhyme & Reason HimselfDocumentary
Mean Guns Vincent Moon
The DeliPhil The Meat Man
1998Crazy SixRaul
Pimps Up, Ho's Down HimselfDocumentary
1999 Sonic Impact Agent Taja
The Wrecking Crew Menace
The Heist C-Note
Frezno SmoothDJ Superfly
Judgment Day Matthew ReeseVideo
Urban Menace Narrator
Stealth Fighter Owen TurnerAlso executive producer
Final Voyage Josef
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Justice Rough, The Judge
Corrupt Corrupt
2000GanglandOfficer Dunn
Leprechaun in the Hood Mack DaddyVideo
Luck of the DrawMacneilly
The Alternate Agent Williams
2001KeptJack Mosler
StrandedJeffriesJohnathan
Crime Partners 2000King Fischer
3000 Miles to Graceland Hamilton
Point DoomRingman
Deadly RhapsodyWilson
'R Xmas The Kidnapper
GuardianMax
Tara Grady
Ticker Terrorist Commander
Out KoldGoldie
Ablaze Albert Denning
Air RageMatt MarshallVideo
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy HimselfDocumentary
2002On the EdgeSlim Jim
StrandedJeffries
Big Pun Still Not a PlayerHimselfDocumentary
2003 Beef HimselfDocumentary
Cwalk: It's a Way of Livin HimselfDocumentary
Tupac: Resurrection HimselfDocumentary
Crime PartnersKing Fischer
2004 Lexie RasheedVideo
Up In HarlemHimself
Beef II HimselfDocumentary
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop Himself
Prison Ball Narrator
2005TracksOfficer Brian Clark
Fuck HimselfDocumentary
There's a God on the Mic HimselfDocumentary
2006Copy ThatHimself
2007Apartment 309Detective Shearod
2008 A Family Underground HimselfDirect-to-DVD Documentary
2009 Good Hair HimselfDocumentary
Tommy and the Cool MuleJackie A (voice)
2010 The Other Guys NarratorUncredited
GhettoPhysics HimselfDocudrama
2011 The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique HimselfDocumentary
2011Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack GenerationNarratorTV movie documentary, also executive producer
2012 Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap HimselfActor, Director, Producer
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp HimselfActor, Producer
2013Santorini BlueDr. Lewis
Assaulted: Civil Rights Under FireNarrator
Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Tyler Moss
2014Crossed the LineMiguel
2015What NowHimself
The GhettoVictor
2016How We MetNarrator
2017BloodrunnersChesterfieldLead Bat

Television

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983 Fame One of the 'Enforcers'Episode: "Break Dance"
1985 The Merv Griffin Show HimselfInterview and live performance
1989 Yo! MTV Raps Himself3 episodes
1989–1994 The Arsenio Hall Show Himself7 interviews and live performances
1990Rapmania: The Roots of RapHimselfTV Movie
The Earth Day Special HimselfTelevision special
The Oprah Winfrey Show HimselfEpisode dated 7 March 1990
1990–1992Ebony/Jet ShowcaseHimself2 Episodes
1991 Soul Train Himself
1991-94 The Arsenio Hall Show Himself2 appearances
1994–2008 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself17 appearances
1995 New York Undercover Danny Up/Danny CortEpisode: "CAT"
Episode: "Catman Comes Back"
Episode: "The Finals" (as Danny Cort)
Baadasss TVCo-hostTwo series each of 6 episodes.
1996 Swift Justice Earl BorgeseEpisode: "Takin' Back the Street"
MADtv Host Season 2 episode 2
Later... with Jools Holland HimselfEpisode #7.4
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man TaanziEpisode: "Ebony, Baby"
Space Ghost Coast to Coast HimselfEpisode: "Needledrop"
The Rosie O'Donnell Show HimselfEpisode dated 17 October 1997
1997–98 Players Isaac "Ice" GregoryMain Cast
1998 Welcome to Paradox RevellEpisode: "The Winner"
Exiled Seymour 'Kingston' StocktonTelevision film
The Roseanne Show HimselfEpisode #1.26
1999 L.A. Heat CageEpisode: "Rap Sheet"
Batman Beyond RamrodEpisode: "Splicers"
V.I.P The ProphetEpisode: "Val the Hard Way"
Episode: "Val Goes To Town"
Sin City Spectacular Himself
Later HostEpisode dated 8 February 1999
2000 The Disciples The SenseiTelevision film
PhatClipsHimselfInterview
WrestleMania 2000 HimselfPerformer
Behind the Music HimselfEpisode: Ice-T
2000–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective/Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Replaced Monique Jeffries starting with Season 2, Main Cast, 416 episodes
2001 The Roast of Hugh Hefner HimselfRoaster
Weakest Link HimselfGame show, Episode: Scene Stealers Edition
2002Beyond ToughHimselfHost
2002-06 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself3 appearances
2003 Chappelle's Show HimselfEpisode #1.9
2005 Law & Order Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episode: "Flaw" (second half of cross-over with Law & Order: SVU episode "Design").
2006 Ice-T's Rap School HimselfReality show
The Wendy Williams Experience HimselfEpisode dated 20 October 2006
2007Belzer VizionHimselfInterview
Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav HimselfRoaster
etalk HimselfEpisode dated 27 July 2007
2008 The Jace Hall Show HimselfEpisode: "Blizzard's World of Warcraft Feat. Ice T. & Coco"
2009 The Magic 7 Dr. Scratch (voice)Animated TV movie
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Himself1 appearance
2009–2010 I Get That a Lot Himself TV special
2010 All Star Mr & Mrs Himself with his wife CocoFinal round
The Jace Hall Show Himself3 episodes
Sounds Like a Revolution HimselfDocumentary
2011–2013 Ice Loves Coco HimselfReality Show
30 Rock Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episodes: ¡Qué Sorpresa!, Hogcock! & Last Lunch
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump HimselfAudience member
The Colbert Report HimselfGuest
Lopez Tonight HimselfGuest
Give it up for Greg Giraldo HimselfDocumentary
2012 Live! with Kelly HimselfInterview
2014 Late Night with Seth Meyers HimselfInterview
Alternative Press Music Awards Himself
Celebrities Undercover Himself1 episode
2014–2016 Chicago P.D. Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episodes: "Conventions", "The Number of Rats", "The Song of Gregory Williams Yates"
2015 Ice & Coco Himself
2016 Younger HimselfEpisode: "Secrets & Liza"
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt HimselfEpisode: "Kimmy Sees a Sunset!"
Hip-Hop Evolution HimselfMusic documentary series
2018 American Dad! HimselfEpisode: "The Census of the Lamb"
2019 Deadly Class [66] Cameo

Videos

YearNameRoleNotes
1984 Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! HimselfMusic arranger: vocal arrangements for Mr. T
1989The Iceberg VideoHimselfIncludes music videos and live performances
1990Slammin' Rap Video MagazineHimselfInterview
1991 O.G. The Original Gangster Video HimselfIncludes music videos from O.G. Original Gangster
2002The Repossession LiveHimselfConcert video
2003 Beat of Life HimselfIncludes music videos from DJ Tomekk
2005Smokeout Festival Presents: Body Count and Ice-THimselfConcert video
Live in L.A.HimselfConcert video

Video games

YearVideo gameRoleNotes
1993 Prime Mover Amiga
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Agent Nathaniel CainVoice
2002 UFC: Tapout HimselfVoice
2004 Def Jam Fight for NY HimselfVoice and Likeness
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Madd Dogg Voice
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours HimselfVoice
2011 Gears of War 3 Aaron GriffinVoice and Likeness

As a producer

YearTitleNotes
1999 Judgment Day Executive producer
1999 Stealth Fighter Executive producer
1999 Urban Menace Video
1999 Corrupt Film
2000 The Wrecking Crew Film
2002Beyond ToughTV series documentary, co-producer
2004Up in HarlemAssociate producer
2008Ice-T presents: 25 to lifeExecutive producer
2010The PeacemakerTV Series, executive producer 6 episodes
2011–2013 Ice Loves Coco Executive producer, 29 episodes
2011Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack GenerationTV movie documentary, also narrator
2012 Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap Executive producer
2012 Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp Executive producer
2015 Ice & Coco TV series, executive producer

Awards and nominations

Sources: [67] [68]

Grammy Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
1991 Back on the BlockBest Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupWon
1992 "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)"Best Rap Solo PerformanceNominated
2018 "Black Hoodie"Best Metal PerformanceNominated

MTV Video Music Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
1989 "Colors" Best Rap Video Nominated
1989 "Colors" Best Video from a Film Nominated
1991 "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" Best Rap Video Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
1992 New Jack City Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated

Image Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
1996 New York Undercover Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Adult Video News Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
2004 "Pimpin' 101 " Best Non-Sex Performance - Film or Video Nominated

News & Documentary Emmy Award

YearNominated workAwardResult
2012 "Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation" Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming Nominated

All Def Movie Awards

YearNominated workAwardResult
2016 Surviving the Game Best Black Survivor in a MovieNominated

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