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Ice-T

Ice-T (born Tracy Marrow) has proven to be one of hip-hop's most articulate and intelligent stars, as well as one of its most frustrating. At his best, the rapper has written some of the best portraits of ghetto life and gangsters, as well as some of the best social commentary hip-hop has produced. Just as often, he can slip into sexism and gratuitous violence, and even then his rhymes are clever and biting. Ice-T's best recordings have always been made in conjunction with strong collaborators, whether it's the Bomb Squad or Jello Biafra. With his music, Ice-T has made a conscious effort to win the vast audience of white male adolescents, as his frequent excursions with his heavy metal band Body Count show. All the while, he has withstood a constant barrage of criticism and controversy to become a respected figure not only in the music press, but the mainstream media as well.

Although he was one of the leading figures of Californian hip-hop in the '80s, Ice-T was born in Newark, NJ., then moved to Los Angeles at the age of 12. While he was in high school, he became obsessed with rap while he went to Crenshaw High School in South Central Los Angeles. Ice-T took his name from Iceberg Slim, a pimp who wrote novels and poetry. Ice-T used to memorize lines of Iceberg Slim's poetry, reciting them for friends and classmates. After he left high school, he recorded several undistinguished 12" singles in the early '80s. He also appeared in the low-budget hip-hop films Rappin', Breakin', and Breakin' II: Electric Boogaloo as he was trying to establish a career.

Ice-T finally landed a major-label record deal with Sire Records in 1987, releasing his debut album, Rhyme Pays. On the record, he is supported by DJ Aladdin and producer Afrika Islam, who helped create the rolling, spare beats and samples that provided a backdrop for the rapper's charismatic rhymes, which were mainly party-oriented; the record wound up going gold. That same year, he recorded the theme song for Dennis Hopper's Colors, a film about inner-city life in Los Angeles. The song -- also called "Colors" -- was stronger, both lyrically and musically, with more incisive lyrics, than anything he had previously released. Ice-T formed his own record label, Rhyme Syndicate (which was distributed through Sire/Warner) in 1988, and released Power. Power 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 him as a true hip-hop superstar by matching excellent abrasive music with fierce, intelligent narratives, and political commentaries, especially about hip-hop censorship.

Two years later, Ice-T began an acting career, starring in the updated blaxploitation film New Jack City; he also recorded "New Jack Hustler" for the film. "New Jack Hustler" became one of the centerpieces of 1991's O.G.: Original Gangster, which became his most successful album to date. O.G. also featured a metal track called "Body Count" recorded with Ice-T's band of the same name. Ice-T took the band out on tour that summer, as he performed on the first Lollapalooza tour. The tour set-up increased his appeal with both alternative music fans and middle-class teenagers. The following year, the rapper decided to released an entire album with the band, also called Body Count.

Body Count proved to be a major turning point in Ice-T's career. On the basis of the track "Cop Killer" -- where he sang from the point-of-view of a police murderer -- the record ignited a national controversy; it was protested by the NRA and police activist groups. Time Warner Records initially supported Ice-T, yet they refused to release his new rap album, Home Invasion, on the basis of the record cover. Ice-T and the label parted ways by the end of the year. Home Invasion was released on Priority Records in the spring of 1993 to lukewarm reviews and sales. Somewhere along the way, Ice-T had begun to lose most of his original hip-hop audience; now he appealed primarily to suburban white teens. In 1994, he wrote a book and released the second Body Count album, Born Dead, which failed to stir up the same controversy as the first record -- indeed, it failed to gain much attention of any sort. Nevertheless, Body Count was successful in clubs and Ice-T continued to tour with the band.

In the summer of 1996, Ice-T released his first rap album since 1993, Return of the Real. The album was greeted by mixed reviews and it failed to live up to commercial expectations. 7th Deadly Sin followed in 1999. Ice-T then returned to acting, taking a role on NBC's Law & Order : Special Victims Unit playing, ironically, a police officer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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My boy Ice T,DJ Evil E, and Hen G.they use to rock our house parties in the city of Maywood, Ca back in the day like in 85'-86'..
OG shiz
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life.tommoro w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post in this you will die in 2 days.now you started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in the screen
True O.G.,PIMP, MENTOR, EMCEE, THESPIAN, B-BOY,PLAYER , ACTOR, HUMAN BEING, MAN, BLACK MAN, & EVERY THING ELSE POSITIVE. NUFF RASPECT. YOWORD DA GUBE
REAL GANSTA S**T
My old school luv.
ice t... a true o.g.
Like
good fucken song
Colors ,colors, colors real life !!! Colors ,colors,cool track, watch the movie!!
T Speaking life
real s**t right here....actu a l y got something to say...not like this modern bullshit that's all about the beat and the hook and NUTHIN ELSE...
Word.......
Ice T rocks man
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life.However if you don't post in this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in the screen
1988 I was like 20 n tht s**t was real to not like the stuff u seen in tv I seen it all growin up
Cooling in my crib cold video dubbing.
greendagger8 7
quit bangin on Pandora
Body count . You wanna get h..... At the sky
He's a good rapper
WHERE DAHELL IS DARLENE????? ? ? ?
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. but if you do not post this in two day you will die. now u have started dont stop. put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen
samkeene8
colors colors colors gang I like as a street husler
Brings bacc memories riddin on those ded raggin. Cuzz still w/s Rollin 90 NHC to the heart. Cri* land wa. OG Jrocc R.I.* lunatic, nicc
kaliabriggs2 0 1 2
Real stories cuzz 405 gtoovin hoova
peace is a dream reality is a knife.....no w a gun
Wish rap was the same...
If anyone agrees follow me
O.G ..:.s**t
Colors bak n my dayz u couldnt by ya bandana so my mom was buying my colors an didnt even no I was putting it down co lors all on me my n**gaz d same how mom didnt no but she wouldnt no she is a wonderful woman too late now I'm a OG
U dont f**k wit Ice dis wat got me f**ked up as a yungsta f**k now I'm a OG n**ga
F**k the 909, Cuzz!
Ice T & Ice Cube...2 bad-a** rappers!
ice cube
good
not
Ice-T
Ice Cube
Ice-T
i was in L.A . during the la riots...drov e from little rock arkansas to protest i was 15 yrs old
909 G'S ALL DAY EVERY DAY HOMIE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! POMONA $.G.V
I don't care what you all say......Ice -T is the man......... . . . . s e x y hot!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Wut's up with that 7deadly sins album. I can't find that cd no where
1080vierra
King of the jungle Ice-Mutha f**kin T OG! Westide
melrobinson4 1 0
I was a westcoast resident from 1888-1991.
frodriguez56 6 9
COMPTON IS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! NWA1111#####
Body Count was the s**t!
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