The showbiz nickname of hip-hop artist Tracy Marrow (a.k.a. “Ice-T”) a popular black singer turned actor and also known as the father of the “gangsta” rap music.
In 1993, when Ice-T debuted his song “Cop Killer” on the Warner Brothers album “Body Count,” many interpreted the lyrics as a glorification of violence in the media.
When Ice-T heard that the US President “dissed” his song, he reportedly said, “When the President mentions your name in anger, you KNOW the s–t has hit the fan!”
In 2000, Ice-T was hired to play the role of sex-crimes investigator Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the police drama LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT/NBC/1999+.
Ice-T chose his nickname in celebration of black pulp writer Iceberg Slim (pen name of Robert Maupin Beck III, 1918-1992), an ex-pimp turned author whose gritty novels (Pimp: the Story of My Life, Airtight, Willie & Me, Death Wish, Long White Con, Mama Black Widow and Trick Baby) focused on life in the criminal underworld.
In 1998, Ice-T wrote an introduction to Iceberg Slim’s book Doom Fox (written in 1978 and unpublished until 1998) and advised its readers:
- The life he describes is real. Attempting to believe otherwise is a denial of street reality.
- Iceberg Slim was an actual pimp who turned into one of the greatest black writers in American history.
- The dialog will sound like another language from another planet-in the same way the words of the Bible or Shakespeare may be hard to decode. So to all you squares: Welcome to the Game. To all you players: Kick back, pour some Crystal, and enjoy Doom Fox. Iceberg-rest in peace.