Ice T is an American rapper, actor, television personality and producer. Ice rose to fame in the late 1980’s thanks to the success of his rap albums. He is considered as one of the pioneers of gangster rap. In recent times, he’s been more active in Hollywood. Ice T has an estimated net worth of $40 million. Ice overcame his criminal past to make a name for himself in the music industry. Here’s his story.
Ice T Net Worth: Brief History
Ice T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow on February 16, 1958 in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Summit, New Jersey by his both parents. Unfortunately, when he was just a third grader, his mother passed away as a result of heart attack. Four years later, Ice, 12, lost his dad to the same cause and was raised by an aunt who lived nearby. Subsequently, he moved to View Park-Windsor Hills in South Los Angeles where he was raised by an aunt and her husband.
In South Los Angeles, Ice attended Crenshaw High School and became mildly involved with gang-related activities and was affiliated with the Crips gang. At the age of 17, he began receiving Social Security benefits from which he was able to rent a $90 per month apartment. With the responsibility of a baby mama, Ice began robbing and selling drugs to make more money.
Though his friends disapproved of schooling, Ice ditched them to attend classes and finally graduated with good grades. After high school graduation, he enrolled in the United States Army and served for four-years. And his short stint wasn’t without controversies- his group was involved in a stolen rug case. After being released from the Army, Ice continued with criminal activities, from robbing banks to jewelry stores and selling drugs. However, after a near death experience from a fatal road crash, Ice decided to turn a new leaf and pursue a career in rap music.
Ice T Net Worth: Music Career
Ice T’s musical career began in Crenshaw high, when he was a member of the music group called The Precious Few. During his four-year stint with the Army, his interest in hip hop music grew. He also developed a passion for deejaying and purchased stereo equipment including two turntables and large speakers.
His moniker Ice-T is a tribute to pimp Iceberg Sim, whose novels he read and recited back in high school. Iceberg Slim also influenced the stage name of other rappers like Ice Cube and Iceberg Slimm.
Following a period of rapping and deejaying at night clubs, Ice T began recording singles in 1983 with Saturn Records producer Willie Strong. Most of his songs enjoyed much popularity at nightclubs. Fast forward to 1987, Ice landed a recording deal with Sire Records and released his debut album entitled Rhyme Pays which later received gold platinum certification. Later that same year, Ice boosted his popularity by recording the theme song for the gang-themed movie “Colors” which although met with mixed reviews was a box office success. In the late 1980’s Ice released two more albums that were certified platinum and gold respectively.
Ice T Net Worth: Music Career Breakthrough
Ice T got his big break in 1991 with the release of his fourth studio album “OG Original Gangster” which was praised as his best work and credited for developing the gangster rap genre. Released by Sire Records and Warner Bros. Records, the album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #15 on the Billboard 200.
At this time, Ice also found heavy metal band Body Count which he introduced in the album. Ice’s love for heavy metal was influenced by his cousin Earl whom he briefly lived with after he became orphaned.
Ice toured with Body Count increasing his fan base in the process. In 1992, Body Count released her eponymous album which featured the single “Cop Killer” which sparked controversy for depicting brutality against cops but the artists claimed otherwise. The controversy also led Sire/Warner Bros Records to cut ties with Ice, causing Ice to sign with Priority Records and revive his Rhyme $yndicate Records which he founded in 1988 to release his second studio album, Power.
In 1992, Ice won his first Grammy for his collaborative work on the Quincy Jones song “Back on the Block”. Ice and Body Count continued to release successful singles and albums, however, their activity has diminished in recent times.
Ice T Net Worth: Hollywood Success
In the mid 1980’s while trying find his feet in the music industry, Ice also dabbled into Hollywood making his motion picture debut in Breakin’ (1984). Thanks to his street experiences, Ice got to land crime-related roles including drug dealer, pimp, gang leader and police detective. Some of his early movies include New Jack City, Ricochet, and Surviving the Game. For his role in 1995 film Tank Girl, Ice earned $1 million.
Ice has had numerous TV roles but his prominent and long-lasting is his role of Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Ice has also found success in reality TV with shows like Ice Loves Coco.
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