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September 2001
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A Made Man!



Ice-T

Birth name: Tracy Marrow
Born: 16 February 1958,
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5' 11"
Relations: 'Darlene Ortiz' (1986 - present); 1 child; Mother and Father deceased

Film Credits Include:
>2001: Air Rage (V)
>2001: Crime Partners
>2001: Kept .... Jack Mosler
>2001: Crossover (TV) .... Himself
>2001: R-Xmas .... Kidnapper
>2001: Deadly Rhapsody
>2001: 3000 Miles to Graceland .... Hamilton
>2000: Ablaze
>2000: It's Black Entertainment (TV) .... Himself
>2000: Lost Angeles .... Himself
>2000: Sanity, Aiken's Artifact (VG) (voice) .... Agent Nathaniel Cain
>2000: I Love 1970's" TV Series .... Himself
>2000: Luck of the Draw .... Macneilly
>2000: Wrestlemania 2000 (V) .... Himself
>2000: Leprechaun In the Hood .... Mack Daddy
>1999: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" TV Series .... Det. Odafin (Fin) Tutuola (2000-)
>1999: Alternate, The .... Agent Williams aka Agent of Death (2000) (USA: video box title)
>1999: Disciples, The (TV)
>1999: Heist, The .... C-Note
>1999: Judgment Day (V) .... Reese
>1999: Point Doom .... Ringman
>1999: Sonic Impact .... Agent Taja
>1999: Wrecking Crew, The
>1999: Corrupt .... Corrupt
>1999: Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang .... The Judge
>1999: Final Voyage .... Josef
>1999: Stealth Fighter .... Owen Turner
>1999: Urban Menace .... Narrator
>1998: Exiled (TV) .... Seymour 'Kingston' Stockton aka Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (TV) (USA: promotional title)
>1998: Crazy Six .... Raul
>1997: Below Utopia .... Jim aka Body Count (1997/II) (video title)
>1997: Deli, The .... Phil
>1997: "Players" TV Series .... Isaac 'Ice' Gregory
>1997: Mean Guns .... Vincent Moon
>1997: Rhyme & Reason .... Himself
>1996: Adult Video News Awards 1996 (V)
>1996: Frankenpenis (V) aka John Wayne Bobbitt's Frankenpenis
>1995: Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie .... Himself
>1995: Johnny Mnemonic .... J-Bone
>1995: Tank Girl .... T-Saint
>1994: Legend of Dolemite, The .... Himself
>1994: Surviving the Game .... Jack Mason
>1993: Gift (V) .... Himself
>1993: Who's the Man? .... Nighttrain/Chauncey
>1993: CB4 .... Himself
>1992: MTV Movie Awards (TV) .... Presenter
>1992: Why Colors?
>1992: Trespass .... King James
>1991: Ricochet .... Odessa
>1991: New Jack City .... Scotty Appleton
>1990: Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones .... Himself
>1985: Rappin' (uncredited)
>1984: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo .... Rapper
>1984: Breakin' .... Rap Talker


Profile:

Hip-hop and movie fans find rapper Ice-T to be an outspoken influential figure in the pop-culture scene. A charismatic performer and orator who speaks at about 50 schools a year around the country about the trappings of drug use, gang life, crime and his life growing up in the streets of South Central Los Angeles.

Ice-T’s detracters; politicians, government officials and family values parent groups; find the former pimp and jewel thief turned actor, to be abrasive, raw and possibly dangerous to their children’s lifestyles.

However, detracters and fans agree Ice-T is his own man whose not afraid to speak his mind.

Engaging, shocking, insightful and hardcore, Blackflix.com offers an exclusive dissertation of Ice-T speaking his mind about the music industry, Hollywood and an autobiography of his life and times:


in his own words:

"What you’re about to embark upon is a very hardcore conversation with a very hardcore cat. That’s the only way I know how to do it. So we’re going to do this as raw as possible. We’re going keep it real.

Now a lot of you have seen my life on the VH-1 special, "Behind The Music." Well, "Behind the Music" is a scary event to take place in your life. I mean, I saw Milli Vanilli. And I saw Hammer.

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Ice-T
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So I said, "I don’t want to do this show. F--- that! Because there’s always a part in "Behind The Music" where they show your low spot in your career. And I don’t have one. But I said, "They’re going to find one anyhow." However, people said, "Do it Ice."

So what happens with VH-1 is a lady shows up at your house, and you’re nice to the lady, and you give her cookies. And then all of a sudden, after she interviews you, you get phone calls from your friends saying, "Ice, some lady just called up here asking if we have dirt on you."

Then the same lady shows back up at your house two days later. But this time she ain’t getting no cookies.

Let me break the timeline down to you. I was born in Newark, New Jersey. My mother passed when I was in the third grade. My father got killed when I was in the seventh grade. So I was shipped off to Los Angeles to live with my aunt.

I went to a white junior high school and was bussed from a nice neighborhood, the View Park area of Los Angeles, and I went to Palms Jr. High School in Culver City.

I was pretty cool at that time, recalibrating myself for rules and regulations that I didn’t have. My aunt had us sit down at the dinner table so we could all eat together. I said, "What? To look at you? Are we some Brady Bunch, or some sh---?"

But I went a long with it. But after Junior High School, I decide I didn’t want to be bussed anymore. So I went to Crenshaw High School which was right down the street. It was like the epicenter of LA.

And at that time, Time Magazine had listed our school being called Fort Crenshaw. It was there I was introduced to the gangs. I was pretty much indoctrinated into the Hoover Crips gang, because the girlfriend I picked up was a Criplet.

Now basically I’m the type of character, because of my personality, that anything I’m in -- I’m going to end up running it.

So I got into the gangs and I was running the cat who was running the sec. But things got kind of hectic. So I got out of the gang scene and elevated to what they call the hustling level.

So I was going to be a hustler and a player. I got my perm, started looking fly and started reading Iceberg Slim.

I also messed around in the twelfth grade and got a girl pregnant. And by me not having a real family at that time, I wanted to have a child. So I convinced the girl who was a tenth grader to have the baby.

I raised my daughter for the first three years. And then decided that if I had gone to jail at that time, they would have taken my kid.

So I enlisted in the Army and became a Ranger. I jumped out of airplanes and played hardcore in the 75th. But I discovered that the Army was a good place to realize that you don’t want to die.

But I did the Army thing, which held my kid down – took care of my daughter. Then I came up out of the military with the intention of never having to work for anybody again.

I wanted to be a DJ. Now anybody who knows anybody in the military knows that they always come home with a lot of stupid ass stereo equipment. That’s all they come home with because you get it cheap at the PX.

So I’m fixin’ to do this DJ sh--, and my boys pick me up from the airport. I say, "What happening? Are we going have a party?" And they say, "No. We’re fixing to go to Palm Springs and hit this jewelry outlet. Are you scared of makin’ some money?"

So I went to Palm Springs and within 48 hours from returning from the military, my cut of the lick was $200,000.

Now you wonder why people get into crime? Because there’s a lot of money in crime. Once you do that. F--- a job!

We robbed s— all over the country. We never killed anybody and that’s why I can talk about it now, because they got this thing called the statute of limitations. Fact is, I’ve been in front of the FBI so many times, they told me, "We have enough film on you to make a motion picture."

OK. So I was a bad guy. But I got out of the game and decided what I wanted to do was be a pimp, because I had the jewelry already.

Now this is real pimping -- dealing with prostitutes on a daily basics -- it ain’t easy. It’s hard. And for me to try to explain what pimping is, would be like trying to explain astrophysics to a wino. It’s very complicated. But the problem with the pip game was that it wasn’t making enough money.

So I started rappin in the clubs, because it was something I could do to get girls. Then one day I’m at a beauty parlor getting my hair done and this guy walks up and says would you like to make a record. So I made a record called "Rhyme Pays." So it turned into another record called "Six In The Morning."

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Ice-T
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People said, "Ice why don’t you rap about how we’re livin’? Rap about what we’re doing. So "Six In The Morning" is really the apex of gangsta rap. It was the first true gangsta rap record ever made. NWA came out three years after we came out.

So I got signed to a record label and went to New York and did an album called "Rhyme Pays." It went gold. I got $40,000 and I was in the black.

I then went into an album called "Power" with Darlene on the cover in a bathing suit for the fellows. I went on to the album "The Iceberg/Freedom Of Speech...Just Watch What You Say."

That’s an interesting album, because I learned there is no such thing as free speech. I made another album after that called "OG: Original Gangsta." During the making of that album I created a group called Body Count. In the midst of that, we did an record called "Cop Killer."
After we did "Cop Killer" a year later some cops decided that Ice-T was calling for the killing of cops.

I could never understand why anybody would put on a record what they knew was going to be offensive and then be offended by it. Think about it.

They attacked Time-Warner and the sh--- hit the fan. I was playing Techno Ball and my boy calls up and says, "Yo, the Vice-President is on TV talking about you.

Later President Bush was yelling my name. Now I hope and pray that nobody else has the honor of having the President of the most powerful country in the world call their name in anger.

I’m talking about ice cream trucks sitting in front of your house in the middle of winter. It got scary. So I pulled the record. It’s deeper than anybody ever expected. I retreated. If I would have stood my ground, they would have taken me out.

Right now, I’m in New York, playing a law enforcement officer on "Law and Order." But my issue with the police stills stands. I don’t have a problem with a cop who is out doing his job. If you’re a cop doing the right thing, the record isn’t about you. It’s about the mothers who are putting people in jail for smoking weed and then they go home a smoke weed.

After that came an album called "Home Invasion." "Home Invasion" is just what it was — hip-hop invading the white community in the neighborhood. Then I did an album called "Ice-T Six" and I recently released a record called "Seven Deadly Sins."

After doing all that I ended up doing some movies. I did a movie called "New Jack City." "Now how I got to be an actor, I couldn’t tell you. I actually got the job when I was sitting on a toilet in a club talking crazy on the cell phone. Mario Van Peebles overheard me. That night I was with two or three chicks chillin’ and Mario said he wanted me to be in a movie. I said, "Awe you just want to talk to these girls. You don’t have to lie to kick it."

We’ll the next day they called me and said they wanted me to go to Warner Bros. and wanted me to play a cop. I said, "Haven’t you heard none of my records?"

I did the movie.

Chris Rock and myself did not know what the hell we were doing. I jumped without a net. I was scared because it was my first time acting. The movie made $68 million. But I got paid $20,000. Ouch! Welcome to the film business.

The next movie I did was called "Ricochet" with Denzel Washington. And I got nothing for that. Something like 30 grand, but didn’t have to work that much.

Then I did "Trespass" and a movie called "Tank Girl." They wanted me to play a kangaroo. I said, "How much am I going to get paid?" And they told me and I started practicing my kangaroo jumping.

You can’t call me a sellout, because I’m going to do whatever it takes to get some paper as long as it doesn’t affect my agendas, my integrity or goes against something I believe. I looked through my life and asked, "Is playing a kangaroo in any way going to jeopardize my beliefs. I said, "Hell No!"

Eventually, after doing some movies, I got a chance to be on television on "New York Undercover" and put three points on their show which is 3 million additional viewers every time I went on the show. I parlayed that into my own show called "Players" which was on for a year. And then I got a call from Dick Wolf asking me to be on "Special Victims Unit," which was 42 in the ratings. But since I went on the show, it jumped and is now in the top 10. And that’s where Ice-T is right now."