Rapper Ice-T is officially turning 64 today!
The rapper was born Tracy Mauren Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey.
Ice-T: Here’s The Scoop On The Legendary Rapper!
Ice-T is a multi-talent: he’s a rapper, songwriter, actor, and producer. He started his career in the 1980s before signing to Sire Records in 1987. He released his debut album “Rhyme Pays,” which was reportedly the first hip-hop album to feature an explicit content sticker.
In 1988, he founded the record label Rhyme $yndicate Records, named after his collective of fellow hip-hop artists. He released another album, “Power,” which went platinum. Several more albums went gold.
He later co-founded the heavy metal band “Body Count,” which was introduced on his 1991 rap album “O.G. Original Gangster” that had a song called “Body Count.” The band released their self-titled debut album in 1992.
After his song “Cop Killer” garnered controversy due to its controversial lyrics, he asked to be released from his contract with Warner Bros. Records. In February 1993, he released his next solo album, “Home Invasion” through Priority Records. In 1994, Body Count released another album called “Born Dead.”
Although he may be best known as a rapper, Ice-T also has several acting credits to his name. He had small parts in the films “Breakin’” and its sequels “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” and “Rappin’” in the 1980s. His major breakthrough role came as police detective Scotty Appleton in 1991’s “New Jack City.”
He starred in 1994’s “Surviving the Game” before appearing in several smaller film and TV roles. In 2000, he landed his role as NYPD Detective/Sergeant Odafin Tutuola on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He was also the star of his own reality show called “Ice Loves Coco” which ran for three seasons on E! from 2011 to 2013. The reality show featured him and his wife, Coco Austin.
In 2018, Ice-T began hosting the true-crime documentary “In Ice Cold Blood” on Oxygen, which just ran its third season in 2020.
Fans are celebrating his 64th birthday by listening to some songs that started his legendary career. Have a listen!
Believe it or not, this hit dropped back in 1988!
“‘I am a nightmare walkin psychopath talkin king of my jungle just a gangster stalkin,’” one fan quoted. “One of the hardest opening bars ever.”
“The lyrics, the beat, the scratches…TOTAL CLASSIC!!!!” another wrote.
“It’s not only a gangsta Rap song , there’s a powerful message behind it,” said another.
“one of Ice T’s top 3 masterpieces,” another wrote.
“Ice could have written a rhyme about Eskimos and igloos, and that s— would have been tight!!” another wrote. “One of the most underrated m.c.’s out there!”
‘O.G. Original Gangster’
Some fans think that this 1991 hit is one of Ice-T’s best tracks!
“Say what you want about Ice-T but the fact will always remain that he was a driving force behind the gangsta rap revolution,” one fan wrote. “Ice T is one of our Hip Hop forefathers. He helped launch and design an entire genre of music.”
“This record has so many good songs,” another wrote. “Any young people out there who are looking for old school s— to check out, this record has so many classics.”
“Ice-T was a true Rap genius!” another commented. “Hardly anyone has come up to his level.”
“Ice-T actually did the stuff he raps about, always been a fan, even more so now with the success he has had overall, and the person he became,” another wrote. “Back in the day, this guy was the real deal, a real OG!”
‘Lifestyles of the Rich And Infamous’
If you love old-school rap, there is no better song than 1991’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous.”
“Absolute classic, wicked lyrics and excellent video,” one fan commented. “Ice T – ‘The’ OG.”
“This is CLASSIC! Ice T had a great sense of humour doing this track and video,” another shared.
“I love Ice-T! I didn’t know he had a sense of humor man, this is dope!” another wrote.
“One of the best story raps,” another shared.
“Ice T is one of the greats period,” another commented.
Still Not Enough Ice-T For You?
Take a look at the video above to see a compilation of 50 of Ice-T’s top hits!