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in Manhattan on set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in March 2011.
Background information
Birth name Tracy Lauren Marrow
Also known as Ice-T
Ice T
Born (1958-02-16) February 16, 1958 [1]
Newark, New Jersey, US
Origin Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, hardcore punk, thrash metal, speed metal, heavy metal, crossover thrash, rap metal
Occupation(s) Musician, rapper, actor, CEO, record producer, screenwriter, author
Instruments Vocals, sampler, turntables
Years active 1982–present (rapping)
1984–present (acting)
Labels Saturn, Sire, Priority, Rhyme Syndicate, Sumerian
Associated acts 2 Live Crew, Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, Afrika Islam, Body Count, Beastie Boys, Low Profile, Quincy Jones, Eazy-E, Tupac Shakur, DJ King Assassin, DJ Flash, Evil E
Website .com.icetfinallevelwww[2]
Notable instruments
Roland TR-808, E-mu SP-1200

Tracy Lauren Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays, the first hip-hop album to carry an explicit content sticker. The next 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.

He co-founded the metal band Body Count, which he introduced in his 1991 album O.G.: Original Gangster. Body Count released its self-titled debut album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track "Cop Killer", which was perceived to glamorize 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 Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


  • Early life 1
    • Gangs, criminal life and the Army 1.1
  • Music career 2
    • Early career 2.1
    • Professional career 2.2
  • Acting career 3
    • Voice acting 3.1
  • Other ventures 4
    • Podcasting 4.1
    • Reality television 4.2
  • Style and influence 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Activism 7
  • Personal disputes 8
    • LL Cool J 8.1
    • Soulja Boy Tell 'Em 8.2
  • Discography 9
  • Awards and nominations 10
  • Filmography 11
    • Television 11.1
    • Video games 11.2
  • Books 12
  • References 13
  • Further reading 14
  • External links 15

Early life

As recounted in 2011's Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood, co-written with New York Times–bestselling author Douglas Century, Tracy Lauren Marrow, son of Solomon and Alice Marrow,[3][4] was born in Newark, New Jersey. Solomon was an African American, and Alice was Creole.[3] For decades, Solomon worked as a conveyor belt mechanic at the Rapistan Conveyor Company. As a child, his family moved to upscale Summit, New Jersey.[3] The first time race played a major part in Tracy's life was at the age of 7, when he became aware of the racism leveled by his white friends toward children, and that he escaped similar treatment because they thought that Marrow was white because of his lighter skin.[3] Relating 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.[3]

His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. Solomon raised Tracy while he was a single father for four years, with help from a housekeeper.[3] Tracy's first experience with an illegal activity occurred after a bicycle that Solomon "bought" him for Christmas was stolen. After Tracy told his father, Solomon shrugged, "Well, then, you ain't got no bike."[3] Tracy 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.[3] When Tracy was 12 years old, Solomon died of a heart attack.[3][5] For many years, has stated that his parents "died in an auto accident",[6] but Ice-T has stated that it was actually he who had been in a brutal auto accident and that was decades later.[3]

Following his father's death, Tracy lived with a nearby aunt briefly, and was sent to live with his other aunt and her husband in View Park-Windsor Hills, an upper middle-class black neighborhood by South Los Angeles.[7] While his cousin Earl was preparing to leave for college, Tracy shared a room with him. Earl was a fan of rock music and listened to only the local rock stations; sharing a room with him spurred Tracy's interest in heavy metal music.[8]

Gangs, criminal life and the Army

Tracy moved to the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles when he was in the 8th grade. He attended Palms Junior High, which was predominately made up of white students, and included black students bused in from South Central.[7] He attended Crenshaw High School, which was almost entirely made up of black students.[7][9]

Marrow stood out from most of his friends because he did not drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use drugs.[10] During high school, gangs began to intensify in the Los Angeles school system. Students who belonged to the Bloods and Crips gangs attended Crenshaw, and fought in the school's halls.[7] Tracy, while never an actual gang member, was more affiliated with the Crips,[7] and 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,"[10] and the handle stuck. Marrow and other Crips wrote and performed "Crip Rhymes", long before the advent of hip hop and recorded rapping.[11]

His music career started with the band of the singing group The Precious Few of Crenshaw High School. Tracy 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 17, Marrow began receiving the Social Security benefits resulting from the death of his father and used the money to rent an apartment for $90 a month.[10] Marrow sold cannabis and stole car stereos for money, but he was not making enough money to support his girlfriend and daughter, and eventually he joined the United States Army. Marrow served a four year tour in the 25th Infantry Division.[10][12] He was in a group that was charged with the theft of a rug.[10] While awaiting trial, he received a $2,500 bonus check and decided to go AWOL, yet he returned a month later after the rug had been returned.[10] As a consequence of his dereliction of duty, Marrow received an Article 15 as punishment.[10]

During his time in the army, Marrow became interested in hip hop music. He heard Sugar Hill Gang's newly released single "Rapper's Delight," 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.[11]

During his time as a squad leader at Schofield Barracks, where prostitution was not a heavily prosecuted crime, Marrow met a pimp named Mac.[10] Mac admired that Marrow could quote Iceberg Slim and he taught Marrow how to be a pimp himself.[10] 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.[11]

Towards the end of his time in the Army, Marrow learned from his commanding officer that he could receive an Honorable discharge because he was a single father, so he left four months ahead of schedule.[10][12]

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. Using combat skills allegedly acquired in Ranger School, Marrow claimed he and some associates began conducting take-over bank robberies, " [in the film] Heat." Marrow then elaborated, explaining, "Only punks go for the drawer, we gotta go for the safe." Although Marrow may have been using some artistic license in describing his bank robbing exploits, he also stated he was glad the United States justice system has a statute of limitations, which had likely expired when Marrow admitted to his involvement in multiple Class 1 Felonies in the early- to mid-1970s.[13]

Music career

Early career

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.[11] As a tribute to Iceberg Slim, Marrow adopted the stage name Ice-T.[11] 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.[11] 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.[11][14]

One of Ice-T's friends, Sean E. 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 gratitude to Sean because his prison time allowed him to pursue a career as a rapper.[15] 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.[16] After being discharged from the hospital, he decided to abandon the criminal lifestyle and pursue a professional career rapping.[16] Two weeks after being released from the hospital, he won an open mic competition judged by Kurtis Blow.[17]

Professional career

Ice-T with Body Count performing in 2006.

In 1982, Ice-T met producer William Strong from Saturn Records, who recorded his first single, "Cold Wind Madness", also known as "The Coldest Rap", which became an underground success, becoming popular even though radio stations did not play it due to the song's hardcore lyrics.[15] Ice-T appeared as a featured rapper on "Reckless", a single by DJ Chris "The Glove" Taylor, and recorded the songs "You Don't Quit" and "Dog'n the Wax" with Unknown DJ, who provided a sound for the songs.[17]

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.[17]

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.[17] 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.[17]

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."[18] 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.[19]

In 1991, he released his album O.G. Original Gangster, which is regarded as one of the albums that defined gangsta rap. 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[19][21] 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." [21]

When Ice split amicably with Sire/Warner Bros. Records after a dispute over the artwork of the album Home Invasion, he reactivated Rhyme Syndicate and formed a deal with Priority Records for distribution. Priority released Home Invasion in the spring of 1993.[22] The album peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #14 on the Billboard 200,[23] 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".[24] In 1995, Ice-T made a guest performance on Forbidden by Black Sabbath.[4] Another album of his, VI - Return of the Real, was released in 1996, followed by The Seventh Deadly Sin in 1999.[25]

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.[26] 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.

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).[27] Ice-T was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.[28] His 2012 film Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap features a who's who of underground and mainstream rappers.[29]

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.

Acting career

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".[30]

In 1991, he embarked on a serious acting career, portraying police detective Scotty Appleton in Mario Van Peebles' feature film 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,[31] 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 Dre 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)

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,[32] Ice-T co-presented a UK-produced magazine television series on black culture, Baadasss TV.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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 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.[36]

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.[37]

He was the voice of Jackie A in Tommy and the Cool Mule.[38]

Other ventures


On December 27, 2013, Ice-T announced that we was entering podcasting in a deal with the Paragon Collective. Ice-T co-hosts the Ice-T: Final Level podcast with his longtime friend and manager, 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.[39] Ice-T released his first episode on January 7 to many accolades. The show is available on, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and iTunes.[40]

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.[41][42]

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.[11][17] His favorite heavy rock acts are Edgar Winter, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.[8] His hip hop albums helped shape the gangsta rap style, with music journalist tracing works of artists such as Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Eminem and N.W.A to "6 in the Mornin'".[17]

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.[8] His work with Body Count, whose 1992 debut album Ice-T described as a "rock album with a rap mentality",[43] is described as paving the way for the success of rap rock fusions by bands like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit;[8][43] however, Ice-T states that the band's style does not fuse the two genres, and is solely a rock band.[8] He is also a fan of the British singer Phil Collins; Collins claimed he was "incredibly flattered" when he learned this.[44]

Personal life

Ice-T and wife Coco attend the Billboard-Children Uniting Nations After-Party

In 1976, Marrow's girlfriend Adrienne gave birth to their daughter, LeTesha, and they attended high school while raising the child. LeTesha later gave her parents two grandchildren.[10] Later in 1984, while filming Breakin', he met Darlene Ortiz, who had been at the club in which the film was being shot, and the two began a relationship; Ortiz was featured on the covers of Rhyme Pays and Power.[17] He and Ortiz had a son, Ice Tracy Marrow, in 1992.[17] On December 31, 2001, Ice-T married swimsuit model Nicole "Coco Marie" Austin.[4][42] In celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary, the couple renewed their wedding vows on June 4, 2011.[41] They own a condominium in North Bergen, New Jersey,[45][46][47] and built a home in Edgewater, New Jersey that was completed at the end of 2012.[48][49][50]


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 fu. 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 jokingly stated that he would be voting for John McCain in the 2008 American elections. Ice-T also speculated that his past affiliation with Body Count could hurt Barack Obama's chances if he endorsed him, so he'd choose instead to ruin John McCain's campaign by saying he supported him.[51][52]

Personal disputes

LL Cool J

Ice-T had a non-publicized 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".[53] 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".[54] 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: Linear Notes for the 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.[55]

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".[56]

In August 2012, Ice-T said that the rivalry was "never serious" and that he needed a nemesis to create "an exciting dispute".[57]

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".[58] 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.[59] Rapper Kanye West defended Way by arguing that the younger artist created a new, original work for hip hop, thus keeping the authentic meaning of the music, even though it is not creative or talented.[60]


Studio albums

With Body Count

Collaboration albums

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Back on the Block Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Won
1992 "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)" Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
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


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Breakin' Rap Talker
1985 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Radiotron Rapper
Rappin' Himself
1991 New Jack City Scotty Appleton Nominated: MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Ricochet Odessa
1992 Why Colors?
Trespass King James
1993 CB4 Himself
Who's the Man? Nighttrain/Chauncey
Gift Himself Video
1994 Surviving the Game Jack Mason First leading role
1995 Tank Girl T-Saint
Johnny Mnemonic J-Bone
1996 Frankenpenis Direct-to-video
1997 Below Utopia Jim
Rhyme & Reason (film) Himself Documentary
Mean Guns Vincent Moon
The Deli Phil The Meat Man
1998 Crazy Six Raul
Pimps Up, Ho's Down Himself Documentary
1999 Sonic Impact Agent Taja
The Wrecking Crew Menace
The Heist C-Note
Frezno Smooth DJ Superfly
Judgment Day Matthew Reese Video
Urban Menace Narrator
Stealth Fighter Owen Turner Also executive producer
Final Voyage Josef
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang Justice Rough, The Judge
Corrupt Corrupt
2000 Gangland Officer Dunn
Leprechaun in the Hood Mack Daddy Video
Luck of the Draw Macneilly
The Alternate Agent Williams
2001 Kept Jack Mosler
Stranded Jeffries Johnathan
Crime Partners 2000 King Fischer
3000 Miles to Graceland Hamilton
Point Doom Ringman
Deadly Rhapsody Wilson
'R Xmas The Kidnapper
Guardian Max
Tara Grady
Ticker Terrorist Commander
Out Kold Goldie
Ablaze Albert Denning
Air Rage Matt Marshall Video
2002 On the Edge Slim Jim
2004 Lexie Rasheed Video
Up In Harlem Ice T
2005 Tracks Officer Brian Clark
2006 Copy That Ice T
2007 Apartment 309 Detective Shearod
2008 A Family Underground Himself Direct-to-DVD Documentary
2009 Good Hair Himself Documentary
Tommy and the Cool Mule Jackie A (voice)
2010 Santorini Blue Dr. Lewis
The Other Guys Narrator Uncredited
2012 Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap Himself Actor, Director, Producer
2013 Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire Narrator


Year Film Role Notes
1983 Fame One of the 'Enforcers' Episode: "Break Dance"
1985 The Merv Griffin Show Himself Interview and live performance
1989 Yo! MTV Raps Himself 3 interviews
The Arsenio Hall Show Himself Interview and live performance
1990 Slammin' Rap Video Magazine Himself Interview
1990 The Earth Day Special Himself Television special
1991 The Arsenio Hall Show Himself Interview and live performance
1992 The Arsenio Hall Show Himself Interview and live performance
1995 New York Undercover Danny Up/Danny Cort Episode: "CAT"
Episode: "Catman Comes Back"
Episode: "The Finals" (as Danny Cort)
c. 1995 Baadasss TV Co-host Two series each of 6 episodes.
1996 Swift Justice Earl Borgese Episode: "Takin' Back the Street"
MADtv Host Season 2 episode 2
1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Taanzi Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Episode: Needledrop
1997–98 Players Isaac 'Ice' Gregory Main Cast
1998 Welcome to Paradox Revell Episode: "The Winner"
Exiled Seymour 'Kingston' Stockton Television film
1999 L.A. Heat Cage Episode: "Rap Sheet"
Batman Beyond Ramrod Episode: "Splicers"
V.I.P The Prophet Episode: "Val the Hard Way"
Episode: "Val Goes To Town"
2000 The Disciples The Sensei Television film
PhatClips Himself Interview
2000 WrestleMania 2000 Himself
2000–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Replaced Monique Jeffries starting with Season 2, Main Cast
2002 Beyond Tough Himself Host
2005 Law & Order Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episode: "Flaw" (second half of cross-over with Law & Order: SVU episode "Design").
2006 Ice-T's Rap School Himself Real show
2007 Belzer Vizion Himself Interview
2008 The Jace Hall Show Himself Episode: "Blizzard's World of Warcraft Feat. Ice T. & Coco"
2009 I Get That a Lot Himself TV special
2010 All Star Mr & Mrs Himself with his wife Coco Final round
2010 The Jace Hall Show Himself 3 episodes
2011–13 Ice Loves Coco Himself Reality Show
2011 30 Rock Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episode: ¡Qué Sorpresa!
2012 Live! with Kelly Himself Interview
2014 Chicago PD Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episode: "Conventions"

Video games

Year Video game Role Notes
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Agent Nathaniel Cain Voice
2002 UFC: Tapout Himself Voice
2004 Def Jam Fight for NY Himself Voice
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Madd Dogg Voice
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Pedestrians Voice
2011 Gears of War 3 Griffin Voice


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  • Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood, by Ice-T and Douglas Century, One World/Ballantine, 2011
  • Kings of Vice, with Mal Radcliff, Forge Books, 2011
  • Mirror Image, with Jorge Hinojosa, Forge Books 2013


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Further reading

  • Video: Ice-T interview with Adam Horovitz
  • Ice T interviewConspiracy Worldwide Radio (December 2009)

External links

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