Born: February 14, 1959
Newark, NJ, USA

Morrow was born in Newark, and he spent his first few years there with his parents. When he lost his parents in a car accident, however, T moved to Los Angeles to live with relatives. He lived in South Central L.A., and attended Crenshaw high school. He idolized early rappers and a black pimp poet and novelist named Iceberg Slim. Part of T's name is derived from Slim's name. Ice-T would practice rapping in the schoolyard, and soon friends would come to know him as a solid rapper. He made a few independent releases after high school, to no avail. He appeared in the B-movies Breakin' and Breakin' II, which he received little recognition for. In 1987, he released Rhyme Pays under the Sire Records label. Eventually, to everyone's surprise, this album went gold. At the end of the year, he made the title track on the soundtrack to the movie Colors, which was his first socially conscience rhyme. In 1988, T formed his own label he called Rhyme Syndicate, and released the album Power. This album also went gold. He followed this up with The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech, and this is the album that catapulted him to superstar status amongst all hip-hoppers of the late 80's. Ice-T made appearances in the movies New Jack City and Surviving the Game during the late eighties and early nineties, winning the approval and respect of critics and fellow actors and musicians alike. In 1991, he released the album O.G. (Original Gangsta), and received critical acclaim for his descriptive and vivid lyrics about life on the urban streets and the gang lifestyle. He won approval of the white teenage crowd with the side project he called Body Count, and it was this metal band that would really focus the spotlight on him with his release of the song "Copkiller" on the self-titled album of Body Count. T received negative press about his lyrics, which were about a cop-murdering criminal. At first, his record label, Time-Warner Records, stood behind him. But, as protests against his album built, T decided to remove the track from the album in order to avoid further problems. His next album, Born Dead, received less attention. His last attempt, The Return of the Real, was moderately successful, but fell of the charts quickly and didn't retain the same commercial success as the previously released albums.

Instruments Played / Skills:

Gangster Rap New York Rap Rapcore Heavy Metal

Bands That Ice-T Has Played For:
Body Count

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