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Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper and actor. He was born in Newark, New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles, California when he was in the 7th grade. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album "Rhyme Pays". The next year, he founded the record label Rhyme Syndicate Records (named after his collective of fellow Hip-Hop artists called the Rhyme Syndicate) and released another album, Power. He became the lead vocalist in heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced in his 1991 album O.G.: Original Gangster. Body Count released its self-titled debut album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track "Cop Killer", which was perceived to glamorize killing police officers. In the following year, pressure upon Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros. Records, to censor or hold back any music or form of content that was deemed too dangerous for public consumption - including Ice-T's next Hip-Hop album, "Home Invasion" which was supposed to be released early in 1993 and was under scrutiny for its album cover artwork - ultimately prompted a severance of the relationship between them and Ice-T. "Home Invasion" was released later in the Fall of 1993 directly on his Rhyme Syndicate label through a new distribution deal with Priority Records instead. Body Count's next album was released in 1994, and Ice-T released two more albums in the late 1990s.
April 17, 2009
Ice-T is hunting for an internet user posing as him on Twitter - insisting he'd never write the "corny" messages posted on his fake page. The rapper took friends' advice and created a profile on Twitter to help market his new record label, Final Level Music, but was stunned to find there was already a page set up in his name. Read more
June 24, 2008
Kanye West has given his support to fellow rapper Soulja Boy – who is currently embroiled in a war of words with veteran performer Ice T. West said that Soulja Boy, who shot to fame last year with the single 'Crank That', embodied everything that hip-hop was meant to be. Read more
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