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date: 26 January 2020

Ice-T [Morrow, Tracy ]locked

  • Justin A. Williams


[Morrow, Tracy ]

(b Newark, NJ, Feb 14, 1958). American rapper and actor. One of the first “gangsta” rappers to succeed in the music industry. Along with artists such as N.W.A., Ice-T helped bring national attention to West Coast rap. As a young teenager, he moved to Southern California from New Jersey. He attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and danced with the West Coast Locksmiths and with the Radio Crew. With these groups, he appeared in the films Breakin’ (1984) and Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo (1984), two Hollywood films quick to cash in on the breakdancing fad. As an aspiring rapper, Morrow gave himself the name Ice-T, which he derived from one of his inspirations: pimp/poet/novelist Iceberg Slim. He released his major label debut, Rhyme Pays (1987, Sire), with assistance from DJ Aladdin and producer Afrika Islam. That same year, he recorded the title track for Dennis Hopper’s film ...

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