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A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

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He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated 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, his four-year stint in the U.S. Army, his successful career as a hustler and thief, and his fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge his own path to international stardom. Along the way, Ice shares never-before-told stories about friends such as Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and Flavor Flav, among others. And he offers up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest passion: 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 unforgettable story of a true American original.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 13, 2010 – 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.

Customer Reviews


I literally read this whole book in 26 hrs. Brilliantly written! He tells it like it is... Just the way I expected him to write it, HONESTLY! His trials and tribulations of growing up, being raised in the hood, becoming a father at an early age, manning up after the birth of his daughter, the rap game.... He tells it all. I never expected him to be such a humble guy. He seems to have found his soul mate in CoCo, his ride or die chick and he really takes pride in being a father. Great job Ice.... I was a big fan before, but even a bigger admirer now. Thank u for taking us into the journey that is your life! :)


Ok this is how it is, I HATE reading ok? Like I'm not a big reader at all. I only read stuff I'm interested in like articles or books written by ppl I admire etc. That being said, I had heard that Ice T wrote a book about his life. I had read reviews and everyone LOVED it. So today I was like alright ima download the sample of the book and see what all the fuss was about. And OMG. Listen I COULD NOT put it down. I just kept reading! It was so engaging and interesting. My God, I think it's the best book I've ever read. I mean that isn't saying a WHOLE lot cuz I don't read many books but Jesus this is a def buy. I will be picking up the hardcopy of this book very soon. I was sad when the sample had ended too =( haha. GREAT BOOK! Triple Thumbs Up!!


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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 19, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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