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Ice-T          

Rapper, Actor, Record Producer & Author

Ice-T not only invented gangster rap, he has lived it. Ice-T is the original embodiment of LA hip-hop. Through his music, his book, The Ice Opinion, and his lecture tours of America's prisons, high schools, and colleges (including Harvard, Berkeley, and Stanford), Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America's youth, regardless of color. He has been the keynote speaker at a number of Internet conventions including the New York Music & Internet Expo, Rotterdam Film Festival, and Canadian Music Week.

Born in New Jersey, Ice-T learned the art of survival quickly. An only child whose parents died when he was very young, he became involved in Los Angeles gangs before spending four years in the army. His first break came when the producers of the film Breakin' asked him to rap in the movie. He went on to become rap music's original gangster, writing songs "Six in the Mornin" and "New Jack Hustler."

Ice-T formed Rhyme Syndicate Records in 1989 and released a string of groundbreaking West Coast rap records. He subsequently formed the thrash metal band Body Count with close high school friend and guitarist Ernie C. Body Count's 1991 self-titled debut contained the controversial single "Cop Killer." Body Count was the most critically acclaimed act on the highly successful 1991 Lollapalooza tour, and continued to tour worldwide. Ice-T has received a Grammy Award and was also voted Best Male Rapper in Rolling Stone's 1992 Readers' Poll.

As his politics were grabbing headlines, Ice-T's film and television career was taking off. The controversial personality secured roles in New Jack City, Ricochet, Trespass, and Johnny Mnemonic, all while building a flourishing television career. He has numerous independent and documentary film roles to his credit as well.

Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective/Sergeant Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

As an artist, his reach has crossed from music into film and television, and interactive media. He is the voice of "Madd Dogg" on one of the hottest selling games, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Ice-T also plays a character in the video game Scarface which came out the fall of 2006. As an author, his book, The Ice Opinion, was published in 1994 and has been translated into Japanese, German, French, and Italian.

His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. He was then raised by his father for four years, with help from a housekeeper, but when he turned 12 years old, Ice-T’s father, Solomon died of a heart attack. These events led him to look at his health, and other men like him, a little more seriously. He founded the Male Awareness Foundation which promotes health through early-detection screenings.

Speech Topics


Overcoming the Impossible

Race in America: Two Sides of a Coin

The Cultural Relevance of Rap Music & How It Shaped My Life

News


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After excitingly announcing that they're expecting, Ice-T and Coco Austin revealed Monday morning on their talk show, Ice & Coco, that they're having a baby girl ...

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