How Did Ice-T From ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Get His Name?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ice-T in sunglasses on set of Law and Order: SVU

Legendary rapper and actor Ice-T wasn’t all the time recognized by that title. Originally born Tracy Lauren Marrow, he misplaced each his mother and father in childhood simply 4 years aside on account of coronary heart issues. Of his youth he says: “If you give a boy a name that could be considered a girl’s name, he’s going to grow up tough.” So simply how did Tracy Marrow grow to be Ice-T? Even his personal recounting of his title has some inconsistencies.

Ice-T started rapping in Los Angeles

Ice-T in sunglasses on set of Law and Order: SVU
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Born in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T finally moved to LA on the age of 12 to dwell together with his aunt. During his time there, he started to dabble in some felony endeavors, in addition to develop his rapping abilities.

In the TV particular, Untold Stories of Hip Hop he shared: “Well, early in my life I dealt with my trauma, like my mother passed when I was in the third grade. Then my father ended up passing when I was in the 7th grade from heart complications. So I’m an orphan and I have been on my own since I was 17 so you become, I would call it cold. And that’s how you get named Ice.”

In his 2011 memoir, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption- from South Central to Hollywood, he says his nickname got here from his time taking part in rap cyphers when his buddies would say, “Yo, kick some more of that by Ice, T.” In an interview that very same 12 months he shared an identical line: “Say some more of that Iceberg stuff, T.” 

So which was it, and what was “Iceberg”?

How a former pimp and writer influenced Ice-T

The “Ice” or “Iceberg stuff” his buddies requested referred to author Iceberg Slim. Slim had been a pimp however turned his life round and, with the assistance of his spouse, wrote and printed the e book, Pimp: The Story of My Life in 1969. The memoir was influential not just for a younger Ice-T but additionally for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Chris Rock. Ice-T carried the e book round with him and memorized strains from its pages. It even influenced how he would craft his rap lyrics. 

Ice-T admits that at the beginning, he had the incorrect interpretation of the e book, and dabbled in a lifetime of crime. Eventually, he realized he had missed the purpose: it was about redemption. Ice-T was so moved by the e book that in 2012 he teamed up with a brand new director, Hinojosa, to make the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. “This is just a story about the underworld. This is not an attempt to promote it,” he mentioned in an interview, “It’s an interesting story about how people change.”

It appears his nickname was good for him on quite a lot of ranges, with every model of occasions including as much as a fuller image of who Ice-T is and his values.

What does Ice-T’s life appear like now?

Ice-T is fortunately married to his second spouse, Coco Austin, and the 2 have a younger daughter, Chanel Nicole. He additionally has two kids from his earlier marriage to Darlene Ortiz, his daughter Letesha and his son Tracy Marrow Jr.

Though his dominance within the rap scene ended within the late 1990s, he continues to make new music and performs dwell together with his steel band, Body Count. He additionally enjoys a profitable appearing profession, his most notable function being Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the long-running Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The function is a determined distinction to his early cop-hating rap lyrics, reminiscent of within the track “Cop Killer.” He has been taking part in this character for 20 years now, alongside Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson.

He additionally commonly does voiceover work for standard video video games reminiscent of Borderlands and Gears of War, and has a number of extra appearing tasks within the pipeline.

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