Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
I have always been a fan of the O.G. himself since, well since I can remember, Ice T was always one of those guys that just came off real to me. So when I had the chance to read the man's autobiography I jumped at the chance since I wanted to know more about him. I was always a fan of his music and a big fan of his acting, since "New Jack City" and on all the way to Law & Order: SVU and everything else. I was sure I was going to read some things that may not have been him in the best light because like I said he comes off as real.
Oh how I was right as he goes into detail about the lesser things he has done in his life from the crimes to him getting robbed. Obviously the first one shows less light on him as with the second most people would not admit to getting robbed when they are a "hardcore" rapper. But through the course of this book I learned a lot about the man and not the entertainer. That is exactly what I was hoping for going into this, like even at an early age he got his girlfriend pregnant and instead of running from it man'd up and joined the military to take care of the child. That leads into the fact that Ice T was in the military, I had no idea really, and even when a situation lead him into going AWOL he still got an honorable discharge.
There are all kinds of other things that you will learn about the man like him as a parent and as a husband. The story above was a sample of that but there are even more interesting stories told by the man. Of course he talks about his music career and how he got there, from humble beginnings trying to make it all the way into his ever growing catalogue. He talks about his most famous songs and how not only are they still used by other rappers today but how he was actually influenced by rappers before him to write those songs.
Of course his film and television career is explored here as well telling about chance meetings and such leading to some of his biggest roles he has ever had. From "New Jack City" and on all the way to Law & Order: SVU and in-between. His own show he had that lasted a season but was still great and showed him the other side of it from behind the camera, that of course leading to his own documentary about hip hop. His stories from the various sets of his films and TV shows are great and tell you how he gets along with his co stars.
Now of course you know the whole Body Count band thing is covered, that being of course the infamous "Cop Killer" song that they released. That is covered in full detail but even more than that is the actual coming together of the band and their music [including a close call over seas]. It is all here in this book for the most part, the one thing I wish would have been covered was his film "Surviving the Game", that is one of my all time favorite films. But other than that everything you could ask for is here, from beginnings to where he is now. From his kids to his career and everything in-between, the O.G. himself tells it like it is and like only he knows how. There is even a funny story about Quentin Tarantino, what more could I ask for?
Ice-T, born Tracy Marrow in northern New Jersey, has certainly lead an unconventional life. From the telling his parents were emotionally detached and they both died at a young age, then he was shipped off to relatives in Los Angeles. Being an unwanted addition to the family on the fringes of what became a gang infested area of Los Angeles, Ice-T grew up learning to fend for himself and navigating the perilous rise of gang violence. Ice-T eventually joined the Army, believe … more
Everything you could ask for is here, from beginnings to where he is now. From his kids to his career and everything in-between, the O.G. himself tells it like it is and like only he knows how. There is even a funny story about Quentin Tarantino, what more could I ask for?
I basically am just a normal person obbsessed with Mixed Martial Arts, pro wrestling, movies of all kinds, music of all kinds, books of all kinds, and of course foods of all kinds. Just trying to keep … more
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In this intriguing memoir, groundbreaking rapper and actor Ice-T chronicles his rise from nomadic criminal to hip-hop star. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow was shipped to relatives in Los Angeles where he navigated the growing gang culture of the city and became a father at 18. A four-year tour in the army was followed by a lucrative interlude robbing jewelry and clothing stores. As his fellow thieves began to file off to prison, Ice-T turned to the nascent rap scene and scored immediate success. Continuing to reinvent himself, Ice-T went on to front a rock band and also was one of the first rap figures to work in film and television. There™s little focus on the music itself, but rather on his careers and his observations on the various subcultures he passes through. What lifts the book above the general run of entertainer memoirs is the quality of these observations—Ice-T is a canny businessman, and he charts clearly the decisions that brought him up each step of a very treacherous ladder. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.