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Ice : a memoir of gangster life and redemption : from South Central to Hollywood
Ice-T and Douglas Century
Adult Nonfiction ML420.I3 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this intriguing memoir, groundbreaking rapper and actor Ice-T chronicles his rise from nomadic criminal to hip-hop star. After losing both parents by the age of 12, Tracy Marrow was shipped to relatives in Los Angeles where he navigated the growing gang culture of the city and became a father at 18. A four-year tour in the army was followed by a lucrative interlude robbing jewelry and clothing stores. As his fellow thieves began to file off to prison, Ice-T turned to the nascent rap scene and scored immediate success. Continuing to reinvent himself, Ice-T went on to front a rock band and also was one of the first rap figures to work in film and television. There's little focus on the music itself, but rather on his careers and his observations on the various subcultures he passes through. What lifts the book above the general run of entertainer memoirs is the quality of these observations-Ice-T is a canny businessman, and he charts clearly the decisions that brought him up each step of a very treacherous ladder. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Ice-T (born Tracy Marrow) has had a successful career in many fields, including rap, heavy metal, film, and television. Writing with Century (coauthor, Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with a Commando in One of the World's Most Elite Counterterrorism Units), he relates his childhood growing up in New Jersey until the age of 12, when his parents died, and his time in Los Angeles, influenced by gangs, before joining the army. Taking his name and writing style from author Iceberg Slim, he became one of the pioneering West Coast rap artists. He then challenged himself to take his music in a new direction, hard rock, and was dropped by his label and scrutinized by the government for Body Count's controversial song "Cop Killer." He went on to a successful movie and television career, including his well-known role on the long-running Law & Order: SVU. VERDICT Ice-T recounts his life and career and shares advice in a straight-talking street style. An enlightening read for fans of his various artistic endeavors and for anyone interested in how street smarts are transferable to the entertainment industry. [Library marketing; see Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10.]-Lani Smith, Ohlone Coll. Lib., Newark, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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