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After moving to south central Los Angeles to live with an aunt, he became involved with inner city crime and hustling. His talent for rhyme saved him from a life on the streets, and in he released his debut album, Rhyme Pays. In the s, Ice-T became famous for his controversial political songs like "Cop Killer. He grew up in Summit, New Jersey, with his parents. Despite the fact that Summit is predominantly white, I can't say there was overt prejudice in the town, at least not within the adult world as I observed it.
Who Is Ice-T?
Tracy Lauren Marrow born February 16, ,  better known by his stage name Ice-T , is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and author. He began his career as an underground rapper in the s and was signed to Sire Records in , when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays ; the second hip-hop album to carry an explicit content sticker after Slick Rick 's La Di Da Di. He also released several other albums that went Gold. He co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count , which he introduced on his rap album O. The band released their self-titled debut album in
Today, Ice is not only a hip-hop statesman, he is also the longest running black actor on television with his role in SVU. In this rare and intimate conversation as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles , Ice-T retraced his steps from growing up in LA to discovering rhyming, and from becoming an artist to finding new ways to challenge himself. Tonight, we welcome an LA hip-hop pioneer, but more importantly, not just an LA hip-hop pioneer, but a pioneer in expanding what the possibilities are for a hip-hop artist.