Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage
name Ice-T, is an American musician and actor.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey and moved to district Crenshaw,
Los Angeles, California when he was in the 7th grade. After graduating
from high school he served in the United States Army for four years.
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
next year, he founded the record label Rhyme Syndicate Records (named
after his collective of fellow Hip-Hop artists called the Rhyme Syndicate)
and released another album, Power.
He cofounded the heavy 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. In the following year, pressure upon Time
Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros. Records, to censor or
hold back any music or form of content that was deemed too dangerous
for public consumption—including Ice-T's next Hip-Hop album,
Home Invasion which was supposed to be released early in 1993 and
was under scrutiny for its album cover artwork—ultimately prompted
a severance of the relationship between them and Ice-T. Home Invasion
was released later in the Fall of 1993 directly on his Rhyme Syndicate
label through a new distribution deal with Priority Records instead.
Body Count's next album was released in 1994, and Ice-T released
two more albums in the late 1990s.
As an actor, he is best known for his portrayal of NYPD Detective
Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit, the NBC police drama in which he has appeared since 2000.
Although one of California hip hop's leading figures, Tracy Marrow,
son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, was actually born in urban Newark,
New Jersey. As a child, his family moved to upscale Summit, New Jersey.[citation
needed] His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade
and his father died of a heart attack four years later. Ice-T
has stated in his biography that his father was of Creole origin
and his mother was African American.
After his father died, he went to live with his paternal aunt in
California and later attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.
After high school, he entered the United States Army and served for
four years in the 25th Infantry. It was an experience he has stated
that he did not enjoy.
He was previously in a relationship with Darlene Ortiz, who was
featured on the covers of his 1987 album Rhyme Pays and his 1988
album Power. The couple had a son in 1992. In early 2005, Ice-T married
swimsuit model Nicole "Coco Marie" Austin.
 Music career
After leaving the Army, Ice-T began his long career of recording
raps for various studios on 12-inch singles. In 1984, he wrote the
raps for Mr. T's motivational video called Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's
Fool! as well as providing Adrock of the Beastie Boys with his
first SP-1200 sampler in 1985.
He can be seen in Joeski Love's 1985 video of [Pee Wee's Dance]
(at 2:10 and throughout)  In 1987 he recorded "Justiceville",
written by Tom "Beefbone" Bolema for a documentary by the
same name, and later released on a Notown Records compilation.
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.” 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 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.
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 self-titled debut album
by Body Count followed. 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.
Controversy later surrounded Body Count over its song "Cop
Killer", a song intended as a narrative from the view of a criminal
getting revenge on racist police officers guilty of brutality, from
the National Rifle Association and various police advocacy groups.
Consequently, Time Warner Music refused to release Ice-T's upcoming
album Home Invasion because of the controversy surrounding "Cop
Killer". 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. The album
peaked at #9 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and
at #14 on the Billboard 200, 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". In 1995,
Ice-T made a guest performance on Forbidden by Black Sabbath.
Another album of his, VI - Return of the Real came out in 1996, followed
by The Seventh Deadly Sin in 1999.
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. 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,
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). Ice-T was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent
Music Awards to support independent artists. His new BBC-funded
movie 'Art Of Rap' features a who's who of underground and mainstream
 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 has since stated that he considers the films and his own performance
in them to be "whack".
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 his many supporting roles, such as J-Bone in
Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and the marsupial mutant T-Saint in Tank
Girl (1995). Marrow was also interviewed in the Brent Owens documentary
Pimps Up, Ho's Down, 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 that 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, Marrow 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 this movie Ice is a drug
dealer who gets really frustrated when someone calls him by his real
name "Chauncey" rather than his street name "Nighttrain".
In 1995, he had a recurring role as vengeful drug dealer Danny Cort
on the television series New York Undercover, which was 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,
Marrow co-created the short-lived series Players, which was 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 Marrow to the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit. Since 2000 he has portrayed Odafin "Fin" Tutuola,
a former undercover narcotic officer transferred to the Special Victims
Unit. In 2002, the NAACP awarded Marrow with a second Image Award,
again for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for his
work on Law & Order: SVU. His participation in this series is
somewhat ironic, given the early controversy surrounding his group
Body Count with their song "Cop Killer". Marrow also appears
in the movie Leprechaun: In the Hood.
In 1997, he had a pay-per-view special entitled Ice T's Extreme
Babes which appeared on Action PPV, formerly owned by BET networks.
In 1999, Marrow 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. This
movie is often criticized for its poor script, military inaccuracies,
and significant use of footage from other movies. He also acted
in the movie Sonic Impact, released the same year.
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
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
At WrestleMania 2000, Marrow performed his song "Pimpin Ain't
Easy" during The Godfather and D'Lo Brown's entrance.
He also played as Hamilton in a 2001 thriller film named 3000 Miles
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 Marrow.
In 2007, he appeared as a celebrity guest star on the MTV sketch
comedy show Short Circuitz. Also in late 2007, Marrow appeared in
the short-music film Hands of Hatred which can be found online.
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.
Ice-T is now involved with the game Gears of War 3.
 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.
Ice-T also made an appearance on NBC’s new game show Celebrity
Family Feud on June 24, 2008. In the show Ice-T and Coco teamed up
in a competition against Joan and Melissa Rivers to compete for their
favorite charity. The Rivers family won their round.
Ice-T also made an appearance in a reality television show in the
early 2000s, an episode of the MTV show, Cribs.
Ice-T appeared on the CBS television special reality show I Get
That a Lot on April 1, 2009.
Ice-T appeared on ITV1 television show All Star Mr & Mrs in
Britain on 9 January 2010.
Ice-T played the role of Rudy Montejo on the E-Hollywood Story Life
of Rudy Ehm in New York.
 Personal life
Ice-T and wife Coco at the 2008 Oscars
He has condemned the involvement of the Central Intelligence Agency
in drug trafficking (in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal,
as documented in the Kerry Committee report and elsewhere) on
tracks such as "This One's for Me" and "Message to
the Soldier", in sections of his book.
In 1994, Ice-T wrote a book titled The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a
Fuck?. The purpose of the 199-page book was to respond to questions
about his political beliefs, his life and the controversy surrounding
his music. Having often voiced controversial statements about corruption,
he goes into detail about his suspicions of police/CIA involvement
in drug trafficking and of how certain businesses profit from prison-building.
On June 5, 2008, Ice-T jokingly said that he would be voting for
John McCain in the 2008 American elections. Adding that his past
Body Count days might hurt Barack Obama's chances if he endorsed
him, so he'd ruin John McCain's campaign by saying he supported him.
Ice-T was arrested in New York City on July 20, 2010 for driving
without a valid license and not wearing a seatbelt, with his wife,
Coco, as a passenger, while taking his bulldog to the vet for knee
surgery. The NYPD said he would be given a ticket and released.
 Style and influence
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Ice-T has been known primarily as one of the rappers of the golden
age more important in hip hop from California, and one of the pioneers
of gangsta rap, which later inspired many rappers, especially N.W.A
(also pioneers of gangsta rap), Coolio, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound,
Warren G, Mack 10, E-40, and The Game.
Ice-T has stated George Clinton, Funkadelic, Iron Maiden, Black
Sabbath, and Motörhead as musicians he is fond of and has taken
Ice-T has been known mainly to cause controversy in their lyrical
themes, especially the song "Cop Killer". Others controversies
has been caused by alleged misogyny in his lyrics. He has argued
that being a stripper or a model cannot be demeaning to all women
through an analogy of a man who considers a homosexual to be demeaning
all men by his actions, arguing that if the second position is untenable,
the first is as well.
The track "Escape from the Killing Fields" expressed a
difference in views from rappers like Redman and Ice Cube in that
Ice-T did not see any virtue in staying in the ghetto, but rather
encouraged people to leave the ghetto. The last track on O.G. Original
Gangster is a spoken-word opposition to the Gulf War and to poor
conditions in prisons. After Born Dead in 1994, Ice-T's music has
contained much less political commentary than before.
 LL Cool J
Ice-T had a non publicized feud with LL Cool J in the late 1980s.
On Ice-T's track "I'm Your Pusher" names to many East Coast
rappers, and insult them saying LL Cool J is "garbage that does
not work". LL responded publicly with the song "To da Break
 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". 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. 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.
Main article: Ice-T discography
* 1987: Rhyme Pays
* 1988: Power
* 1989: The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say
* 1991: O.G. Original Gangster
* 1993: Home Invasion
* 1996: VI - Return of the Real
* 1999: The Seventh Deadly Sin
* 2006: Gangsta Rap
 With Body Count
Main article: Body Count
* 1992: Body Count
* 1994: Born Dead
* 1997: Violent Demise: The Last Days
* 2006: Murder 4 Hire
Year Film Role Notes
1984 Breakin' Rap Talker
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Radiotron Rapper
1985 Rappin' Himself
1991 New Jack City Scotty Appleton Won: MTV Movie Award for Best
1992 Why Colors?
Trespass King James
1993 Who's the Man? Nighttrain/Chauncey
Gift Himself Video
1994 Surviving the Game Jack Mason
1995 Tank Girl T-Saint
Johnny Mnemonic J-Bone
1996 Frankenpenis Direct-to-video
1997 Below Utopia Jim
Mean Guns Vincent Moon
The Deli Phil The Meat Man
1998 Crazy Six Raul
1999 Sonic Impact Agent Taja
The Wrecking Crew Menace
The Heist C-Note
Frezno Smooth DJ Superfly
Judgement 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
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
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 BelzerVizion Ice T
Apartment 309 Detective Shearod
2009 Good Hair Ice T
2010 Santorini Blue Dr. Lewis post-production
The Other Guys Narrator
2011 Shady Talez In Development
Year Film Role Notes
1983 Fame One of the 'Enforcers' Episode: "Break Dance"
1995 New York Undercover Danny Up/Danny Cort Episode: "CAT"
Episode: "Catman Comes Back"
Episode: "The Finals" (as Danny Cort)
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,
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself One Episode
1997–1998 Players Isaac 'Ice' Gregory 16 episodes
1998 Welcome to Paradox Revell Episode: "The Winner"
Exiled Seymour 'Kingston' Stockton TV 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 TV film
2000–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Replaced Monique Jeffries starting with Season 2
2005 Law & Order Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Episode: "Flaw" (second
half of cross-over with Law & Order: SVU episode "Design".
2008 The Jace Hall Show Actor 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
 Video games
Year Video game Role Notes
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Agent Nathaniel Cain Voice
2004 Def Jam Fight for NY Himself Voice
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Madd Dogg Voice
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Voice
2011 Gears of War 3 Griffin Voice
Call of Duty: Black Ops Voice