Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption--from South Central to Hollywood
TitleIce: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption--from South Central to Hollywood
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsIce-T, and Douglas Century
Number of Pages251
PublisherOne World
CityNew York
Publication Languageeng
ISBN or ASIN Number345523288
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He's a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap in the 1980s. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutola on the top-rated TV drama Law & Order: SVU. But where they hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T--the one few of his millions of fans have never 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 Los Angeles. About his four-year stint in the U.S. Army's famed "Tropic Lightning" outfit. About his successful career as a hustler and thief, the car crash that nearly killed him, and his fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge his own path to international entertainment stardom.

Ice by Ice-T is both a tell-it-like-it-is tale of redemption and a star studed tour of the pup culture firmament. The acclaimed rapper and actor shares never-before-told stories about friends like Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and an antler-clad Flavor Flav, among others. Readers will ride along as Ice-T's incendiary rock band Body Count narrowly escapes a riotous mob of angry concertgoers in Milan, and listen in as the music legend battles the self-appointed censors over his controversial "Cop Killer" single. 

Most of all, Ice is the place where one of the game's most opinionated players breaks down his own secret plan for living, offering up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest passion: doing one-on-one gang interventions and mentoring at-risk youths around the country.

With insights into the cutthroat world of the stret--and the cutthroat world of Hollywood--Ice is the inspirational story of a true American original.