The hip-hop music industry has been graced with exceptional talent from various rappers who, in turn, have become standards by which others are inspired and measured. A lot of them such as Ice-T has come from very rough backgrounds, and against all odds, have become phenomenal icons recognized worldwide.
Ice-T managed to pave the way for himself with his distinct kind of lyricism that paints a picture about street life and violence, things that heavily defined and influenced the gangster rap genre. He has since gone ahead to have an acting career, appearing as a recurring cast member of the series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 2000.
Ice-T Bio (Age)
Ice-T was born on the 16th of February, 1958 in Newark, New Jersey. He lost his parents at a young age, which meant that he had to live with relatives. He first stayed with a nearby aunt before moving to View Park-Windsor Hills, a neighborhood of upper-middle-class blacks in South Los Angeles, to stay with another relative. He shared a room with his cousin Earl, who was a fan of rock music. It is said that Earl’s constant listening to the local rock radio stations was what sparked Ice-T’s interest in heavy metal music.
Ice attended Palms Junior High and then Crenshaw High School. Despite the huge presence of gangs in his high school, the teenager didn’t smoke, use drugs or drink alcohol, and was not a gang member. He however later became affiliated with the Crips.
Tracy enjoyed reading the novels of Iceberg Slim, which he memorized and recited to his friends. As the story goes, his friends enjoyed hearing the excerpts and would say to him, “Yo, kick some more of that by Ice, T”, giving him his popular nickname.
Tracy began his career as a disc jockey, taking the name Ice-T as a tribute to Iceberg Slim. While he performed as a DJ, more recognition was given for his rap skills, and he decided to pursue a rap career. In 1987, he released his debut album Rhyme Pays, which was certified gold by the RIAA. His sophomore album, The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech… Just Watch What You Say was released in 1988, earning him his second gold record along with rave reviews.
1991 saw the release of O.G. Original Gangster; an album that has defined gangster rap. On the album, he introduced his heavy metal band Body Count on an eponymous track. Their first album, Body Count, was released in March 1992. Through his own label, Rhyme Syndicate, Ice-T has released solo and band albums, the most recent being the 2017 Body Count album Bloodlust.
His movie debut was in the 1984 movie Breakin’, and its 1985 sequel Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Over the years, Ice-T was able to star in movies alongside the likes of Denzel Washington and John Lithgow.
Family – Wife, Daughter, Son
Ice-T is married to Nicole Natalie Marrow (née Austin) known better as Coco or Coco Austin. She’s an American actress, dancer, model, entrepreneur, and social media sensation. She was born to actor parents and began dancing at the tender age of six. At around the age of 18, she became a calendar model, specializing in lingerie, swimsuit and body modeling. She was notably the first Caucasian to be featured on the cover of Smooth Magazine, after which she went on to feature in more than 50 magazines.
Coco eventually created her own self-titled quarterly magazine and appeared in low-budget R-rated movies, TV series, talk shows, and reality shows. Her most notable appearances are in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Celebrity Family Feud, and Ice Loves Coco.
Ice-T had his first child, a daughter named LeTesha with his high school girlfriend Adrienne. She was born on the 20th of March, 1976 and was raised while her parents attended high school. His next child is a son named Tracy Marrow Jr. born in 1992 from his relationship with his second girlfriend Darlene Ortiz. In January 2002, Ice-T married CoCo, and a few years later, they announced the birth of their daughter, Chanel Nicole Marrow on the 28th of November, 2015.
Ice-T’s was born to an African-American father named Solomon and a Creole mother named Alice Marrow. It is not clear what his mother did for a living, however, his father worked at the Rapistan Conveyor Company as a conveyor belt mechanic for decades.
When Ice-T was in the third grade, his mother died of a heart attack. He was subsequently raised by his father who later died from a heart attack when he was 12.
Ice-T has his hands in a number of things over the years. The former member of the United States armed forces is a musician, rapper, producer, actor, and author. Due to all these endeavors, it is no surprise to find out that his net worth is estimated to be around $40 Million.
Height and Body Measurements
Ice-T stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighs about 91 kg (201 lbs). The dark brown eye colored and black hair colored New Jersey native’s other measurements are not known.