Tracy Lauren Marrow, or Ice-T, is a rapper, songwriter, actor, and producer from the United States. In the 1980s, Tracy began his career as an underground rapper and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he set to release his debut album, Rhyme Pays, which was reportedly the first hip-hop song album to bear an explicit content sticker. The following year, he established the record label Rhyme $yndicate Records and released another platinum-selling album, Power. He also released several gold-certified albums.(1)
Quick and Fun Facts about Ice-T
He also released several gold-certified albums.
Ice-T was a founding member of Body Count’s heavy metal band, which Tracy introduced on his rap album Original Gangster on the song “Body Count.” The band released their self-titled debut album.
Ice-T sparked debate with his song “Cop Killer,” the lyrics of which discussed the assassination of police officers.
Tracy requested that his contract with Warner Bros be terminated.
Tracy’s next solo album, Home Invasion, was released in February 1993 through Priority Records.
Born Dead, the follow-up album by Body Count, was released in 1994, and Ice-T released two more albums in the late 1990s.
Tracy, the son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, was born on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey.
Tracy was African-American, and his mother, Alice, was of Louisiana Creole descent.
Solomon continued to work as a conveyor belt repairman at the Rapistan Conveyor Company for decades.
Marrow’s family relocated to upscale Summit, New Jersey when he was a child.
Marrow’s first encounter with race was at age seven, when he became aware of the racism directed at black children by his white friends.
Marrow reasoned that he escaped similar treatment because they mistook him for white because of his lighter skin.
Her recommendation and this incident taught Marrow to control how other people’s negativity affected him.
Ice-T's Appearance (Height, Hair, Eyes & More)
|Height||5 ft 9½ in|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ice-T's Early Life
Tracy, the son of Solomon and Alice Marrow, was born on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. Tracy was African-American, and his mother, Alice, was of Louisiana Creole descent. Solomon continued to work as a conveyor belt repairman at the Rapistan Conveyor Company for decades. Marrow’s family relocated to upscale Summit, New Jersey when he was a child.
Marrow’s first encounter with race was at age seven, when he became aware of the racism directed at black children by his white friends. Marrow reasoned that he escaped similar treatment because they mistook him for white because of his lighter skin. Her recommendation and this incident taught Marrow to control how other people’s negativity affected him.
In third grade, Tracy’s mother died of a heart attack. Solomon raised Marrow alone for four years, with the help of a housekeeper. Marrow’s first encounter with illegal activity occurred when his father’s Christmas present, a bicycle, was stolen. Marrow stole bicycle parts and put together “three or four weird-looking, brightly-painted bikes” out of them; his father was unaware or never accepted this. Solomon died of a heart attack when Marrow was thirteen years old. Following his father’s death, Marrow lived with a nearby aunt for a short time before being sent to reside with his other aunt and her husband in View Park-Windsor Hills, an upper-middle-class Black neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Marrow shared a bedroom with his cousin Earl as he prepared to leave for college. Earl was a rock music fan who only listened to local rock radio stations; having a room with him prompted Marrow’s attention to heavy metal bands. (3)
Marrow moved to Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District in eighth grade. He went to Palms Junior High, which had primarily white students and some black students who came by bus. He then attended Crenshaw High School, which had a predominantly black student body. Marrow stood out among his peers because he did not consume alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use drugs. Gangs became more of an issue in the Los Angeles school system during Marrow’s high school years. Students from the Crips and Bloods gangs attended Crenshaw and fought in the hallways. Marrow, while never a member of the former, was associated with it. His musical career began with the Crenshaw High School singing group, The Precious Few. Marrow and his band started the show by dancing to a live band. Thomas Barnes, Ronald Robinson, and Lapekas Mayfield were the singers.
Ice-T's Wife and Family Life
Tracy’s high school girlfriend Adrienne gave birth to their daughter LeTesha Marrow on March 20, 1976, and they continued to attend high school while raising her. He met his second girlfriend, Darlene Ortiz, at the club where the film was shot while filming Breakin’ in 1984. They started dating, and Ortiz appeared on the covers of Rhyme Pays and Power. On November 23, 1991, Ice-T and Ortiz welcomed their son, Ice Tracy Marrow Jr. Ice-T, married swimsuit model Nicole “Coco” Austin in January 2002. On June 4, 2011, the couple renewed their wedding vowed to commemorate their upcoming ninth wedding anniversary. They purchased a penthouse apartment in North Bergen, New Jersey, in 2006. They were building a huge five-bedroom house in Edgewater, New Jersey, in 2012, and it was expected to be finished by the year. The couple had their first daughter in 2015. Ice-T has repeatedly stated that he is a teetotaler who leads a simple life. He has a long history of practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, and he is a big fan of the UFC.
Marrow wanted to avoid gang life and violence after leaving the Army and instead make a name for himself as a D.J. Marrow took on the stage name Ice-T as a tribute to Iceberg Slim. While working as a D.J. at parties, Ice-T received more attention for his rapping, which prompted him to be a rapper. Following his breakup with Caitlin Boyd, he returned to a life of crime, robbing jewelry stores with his high school friends. Ice-T later rapped about how he and his friends pretended to be customers to gain access before shattering the display glass with baby sledgehammers.
Ice-T was finally signed to a major label, Sire Records. Ice-T sounded like Bob Dylan to label founder and president Seymour Stein when he heard his demo. Shortly after, in 1987, he released his debut album, Rhyme Pays, supported by D.J. Evil E, D.J. Aladdin, and producer Afrika Islam, contributing to the primarily party-oriented sound. The same year, he also documented the title theme song for Dennis Hopper’s Colors, a film about inner-city gang life in Los Angeles. Power, his next album released under his own label, Rhyme Syndicate, in 1988, was a more assured and impressive record, garnering him reflect a positive and his second gold record.
In 1991, he began a serious acting career, playing police detective Scotty Appleton in Mario Van Peebles’ action thriller New Jack City, gang leader Odessa in Ricochet in 1991, and gang leader King James in Trespass in 1992, followed by a notable lead role performance in Surviving the Game in 1994, and many supporting roles, including J-Bone in Johnny Mnemonic in 1995, and the marsupial mutant T-Saint in Tank Girl. Ice-T and other rappers and the three Yo! Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, and Fab 5 Freddy appeared in the comedy Who is the Man? Ted Demme directed the film. In the movie, Tracy is a drug dealer who becomes irritated when his name is called. (4)
Facts About Ice-T's
|Estimate Net Worth||$65 million|
|Birthday||February 16, 1958|
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