Ice T

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Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known as Ice-T or Ice T, is an American rapper, singer and actor.

He was born in Newark, New Jersey and started out with other West Coast rap pioneers such as Kid Frost and Egyptian Lover with Electro recordings. Later on, he changed his style and was the first rapper from the west to be accepted by the East Coast. "6 N The Morning" is sometimes seen as the track that triggered the whole gangster rap movement. It was produced by Unknown DJ, who produced electro funk tracks before and went on to produce Compton's Most Wanted. "Six N The Morning" was inspired by Schoolly D's "PSK" and became itself the inspiration for Eazy E and NWA's "Boyz N The Hood". Ice-T went on to work with Afrika Islam, the man behind the beats on 1987s Rhyme Pays, 1988s Power and 1989s The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just watch what you say.

As the title of this third album suggests, Ice-T was from the start not only a gangster rapper - he was one of the driving forces behind the new style - but also a political rapper. Seymour Stein called him "the Bob Dylan of rap." On "Freedom of Speech" Ice-T attacked Tipper Gore for introducing the Parental Advisory sticker. In 1991, Ice's fourth album, Original Gangster, came out; including raps about child abuse and drunk driving as well as the theme song from the movie New Jack City by Mario Van Peebles, the movie that re-launched Ice's career as an actor. Ice was also the lead singer/shouter of his metal band Body Count and made a song called "Cop Killer" in 1992, eventually causing Warner Brothers to drop Ice. Virgin Records released his next album Home Invasion (1993), an album with many political raps as well as featuring a new female rapper named Grip and Ice's DJ Evil E as a rapper. On VI - Return of the Real, Ice returned to his gangster rap roots. His 7th Deadly Sin (1999), one of the first records to be distributed via mp3 before appearing in record stores, continued in this vein. In both cases, the music was updated while not breaking any new ground. In the year 2000, Ice teamed up with East Coast pioneer Kool Keith from the Ultramagnetic MCs to form the Analog Brothers - a very successful (at least artistically) experiment. The same year also brought Ice-T's Greatest Hits: The Evidence. More recently, Ice-T teamed up with east coast rappers Smoothe Da Hustler and Trigger The Gambler, establishing a new group called SMG. A DVD was followed by a CD called "Repossession" in 2004.

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Ice T, on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He debuted as a rapper in the films "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" in 1984, only two years after his first 12" ("The Coldest Rap", 1982) appeared. In 1991, he embarked onto a serious acting career, playing a police detective in Mario Van Peebles' film "New Jack City". Many other films followed. Ice T did a notable lead role performance in Surviving the Game ( in distinction to his many supporting roles. He has also appeared in films such as "R'Xmas" by Abel Ferrara and "Tank Girl". He also wrote a song for the soundtrack of the latter. As for more current/recent acting engagements, Ice-T plays a police officer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Another TV series that features Ice-T is "Players".

According to The Source, a new CD titled "Gangsta Rap" is scheduled to appear later this year. Ice-T has been managed by Jorge Hinojosa for 22 years.




  • Rhyme Pays (Sire/Warner, 1987)
  • Power (Sire/Warner, 1988)
  • The Iceberg/Freedom of speech...just watch what you say (Sire/Warner, 1989)
  • OG: Original Gangster (Sire/Warner, 1991)
  • Home Invasion (Priority, 1993)
  • VI: Return of the Real (Priority, 1996)
  • Below Utopia: The Lost Score (Noo Trybe, 1998)
  • The Seventh Deadly Sin (Coroner, 1999)
  • Gang Culture (Snapper, 2004) (Ice-T live in Montreux, Switzerland, 1995) (bootleg?)

Songs, 12"s and 7"s

  • The Coldest Rap (1982)
  • Body Rock (1984)
  • Killers (1984)
  • Ya Don't Quit (1985)
  • Dog N The Wax (1986)
  • 6 In The Mornin' (1986)
  • Colors (1988)
  • I'm Your Pusher (1988)
  • High Rollers (1989)
  • You Played Yourself (1989)
  • Lethal Weapon (1989)
  • Dick Tracy (1990)
  • Superfly 1990 (1990) performed by Curtis Mayfield and Ice-T
  • New Jack Hustler (1991)
  • Ricochet (1991)
  • Trespass (1992) performed by Ice-T and Ice Cube
  • That's How I'm Livin'/99 Problems (1993)
  • Gotta Lotta Love (1994)
  • I Must Stand (1996)
  • Don't Hate The Player (1999)
  • Money, Power, Women (2000)


  • The Classic Collection (1993)
  • Cold as Ever (1996)
  • Greatest Hits: The Evidence (2000)
  • The Early Years (2002)

Body Count

  • Body Count (1992)
  • Born Dead (1994)
  • Violent Demise: The Last Days (1997)

Ice T presents the West Coast Rydaz

  • What Really Goez On (1998)

Analog Brothers

  • "Pimp to Eat" (2000)

Ice T Presents

  • Pimpin 101 - The Soundtrack (2003)

SMG (Sex Money and Gunz)

  • Repossession (2004)


  • The Iceberg Video (1989)
  • O.G.: The Original Gangster Video (1991)



All of Ice-T's records on Warner Brothers spell his name Ice-T, while the spelling without the hyphen is more often used on more recent records. His earliest 12" shows the spelling Ice "T", other 12"s use Ice-T ("Reckless") and Ice T ("Ya Don't Quit").

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