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|Also Known As:||Tracy Marrow,Ice-T,Ice T||Died:|
|Born:||February 16, 1958||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Newark, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ... rapper actor author lecturer|
Ice-T was one of the few people who managed to achieve star status in music and then go on to become equally successful in the acting game. He was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958 in Newark, New Jersey. After the death of his parents, he went to live with an aunt in Los Angeles. In high school his fascination with the novels of notorious pimp Iceberg Slim became the source of his sobriquet, Ice-T. After a stint in the army he became involved with hip-hop, first as a DJ at parties and then as a rapper. In the early '80s he was on the wrong side of the law, narrowly avoiding jail time for robbery. But after a car accident put him in the hospital he became determined to change his life and try to make it as a rapper. He released his first single, "The Coldest Rap," in 1983 on the indie label Saturn Records. A few more singles followed, and in 1984 he appeared on the soundtrack to the hip-hop film "Breakin'" (1984). Ice-T then became influenced by Schooly-D, and began to follow a gangsta rap path, where his early singles had been in an electro vein. He scored a record deal with Sire, and his debut album, Rhyme Pays, was released in 1987. The record was a modest hit and eventually achieved Gold status. Power followed in '88, reaching No. 6 R&B and bearing the hits "I'm Your Pusher" and "High Rollers." 1989's Freedom of Speech.Just Watch What You Say elevated Ice-T's profile further, but it was 1991's O.G. Original Gangster that solidified his place in hip-hop history, becoming a gangsta rap classic. One track on the album introduced his rock project, Body Count, influenced by his lifelong love of hard rock and heavy metal. He subsequently cut an album with the band, but a huge controversy developed over the subject matter of "Cop Killer," a song from Body Count's 1992 debut album. Consequently, the label refused to release the next Ice-T LP, Home Invasion, which came out instead on Priority Records in 1993. He'd already begun acting by this time, with appearances in the films "New Jack City" (1991), "Ricochet" (1991), and "Trespass" (1992). His 1995 role on the television series "New York Undercover" (fox 1994-98) earned acclaim and brought more TV work, including his best-known role as Officer Fin Tutuola on the hugely popular "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999- ). Ice-T also moved into reality TV as one of the stars of the series "Ice Loves Coco" (E! 2011-13), alosgside his wife, model Coco Austin.
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