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In 1998, Ice-T wrote an introduction to Iceberg Slim’s book Doom Fox (written in 1978 and unpublished until 1998) and advised its readers: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.

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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