Personalities | Ice-T | Nineties | Rock
(Vocals, b. 1958)
Tracy Marrow took his well-known name from pimp Iceberg Slim who wrote and published novels and poetry. Growing up wild in California, the release of a handful of singles on a variety of labels in the 1980s showed promise. Securing a solo deal, early albums like Rhyme Pays (1987) Power Power (1988) and the classic OG (1991) showcased his articulate lyrical style dealing with themes of good times, drugs, guns, girls and incisive social comment on what it was like to be young and black in America.
As well as building a film career Ice-T stretched himself musically with a Lollapalooza-touring thrash metal band Body Count, whose track ‘Cop Killer’ (which appeared on OG) made Ice-T Public Enemy No. 1 to right-wing America in 1992. Riding the storm – which included being dropped by his record label – Ice-T continued to release albums, although his highly successful Hollywood career took priority. He is currently working on his ninth studio Ice-T album.
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