Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
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He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated drama Law & Order: SVU. But where the hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T—the one few of his millions of fans have ever heard—truly begins. Ice is Ice-T in his own words—raw, uncensored, and unafraid to speak his mind. About his orphan upbringing on the gang-infested streets of South Central, his four-year stint in the U.S. Army, his successful career as a hustler and thief, and his fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge his own path to international stardom. Along the way, Ice shares never-before-told stories about friends such as Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and Flavor Flav, among others. And he offers up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest passion: mentoring at-risk youths around the country. With insights into the cutthroat world of the street—and the cutthroat world of Hollywood—Ice is the unforgettable story of a true American original.
influential nightspot in L.A. Alex and K.K. heard my record and started playing it in their club. I didn’t know anything about it. I’d never even heard of The Radio. But my record was becoming real popular in the spot. Eventually, Alex and K.K. hunted me down through the VIP Records retail store and asked me if I’d come do a live performance. So I showed up at The Radio, expecting nothing. Went in there to do my first performance of the record and I was bugged out. I’ll never forget the scene: I
red-and-white Nikes he had on?” I would always play the middle. Yeah, I sometimes wore red. Of course, I did that intentionally. I wanted all of L.A. I didn’t want to polarize the city. When I started, you didn’t claim gang affiliation on a record or in a live show. That shit was no joke. It was still way too dangerous to claim. When I was coming out as an artist, I wasn’t about to claim no particular gang and have them other motherfuckers from an opposing set show up at my show and try to kill
country.… It is an affront to the officers—one hundred forty-four in 1992 alone—who have been killed in the line of duty while upholding the laws of our society and protecting all its citizens.” At a campaign fundraising luncheon, Dan Quayle kept ratcheting up his rhetoric. “I am outraged at the fact that Time Warner, a major corporation, is making money off a record called ‘Cop Killer’ that suggests it is okay to kill cops.” It got to the point that people actually sent death threats to Warner
“Sharon Osbourne” right away. She just naturally started to handle all my daily scheduling, organization, and communications. At that point, Sean E. Sean was acting as my personal assistant. He was living at my crib, running everything day-to-day. About a week after Coco came out to New York, I saw Sean packing his bags in the spare bedroom. “What up, homey?” “Yo, man, I’m out,” Sean said. “You don’t need me no more. She got this.” THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME in my life when I entered into a
MUCH THERE IS TO KNOW. 18. THINGS WILL ALWAYS GET BETTER. IF NOT, THE LAST TIME YOU WERE SICK AND THOUGHT YOU WERE DYING, YOU WOULD HAVE. 19. ALWAYS REFER TO COPS AS “OFFICER” WHEN SPEAKING TO THEM. THEY HAVE RESPECT ISSUES. GIVE ’EM THAT, AND YOU MIGHT SLIDE PAST ’EM. 20. STOP ASKIN’ FOR SHIT AND GO AND GET SOMETHING! 21. A PLAYER DOESN’T LIE TO WOMEN; HIS LADIES ALL KNOW WHAT’S UP. IF YOU’RE LYING AND SNEAKING, YOU’RE NOT A PLAYER, YOU’RE A CHEATER. 22. IN THE GAME, SPECTATORS,