A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
On Sale: April 19, 2011
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My life’s been a great story / In the ultimate war / Should
I ill or do right? / Make peace or go raw?—Ice-T, “Exodus”
He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating
gangsta rap in the 1980s. Television viewers know him as
Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated TV 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 Los Angeles. About
his four-year stint in the U.S. Army’s famed “Tropic
Lightning” outfit. About his successful career as a hustler
and thief, the car crash that nearly killed him, and the
fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge
his own path to international entertainment stardom.
Ice by Ice-T is both a tell-it-like-it-is tale of redemption
and a star-studded tour of the pop culture firmament. The
acclaimed rapper and actor shares never-before-told stories
about friends like Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and an
antler-clad Flavor Flav, among others. Readers will ride
along as Ice-T’s incendiary rock band Body Count narrowly
escapes from a riotous mob of angry concertgoers in Milan,
and listen in as the music legend battles the self-appointed
censors over his controversial “Cop Killer” single.
Most of all, Ice is the place where one of the game’s most
opinionated players breaks down his own secret plan for
living, offering up candid observations on marriage and
monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest
passion: doing one-on-one gang interventions and 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 inspirational story
of a true American original.
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