Happy Birthday Ice-T! 11 Things You Didn't Know

Maybe didn't know, that is.

logo
Ultimate Guitar
Happy Birthday Ice-T! 11 Things You Didn't Know
16

Tracy Lauren Marrow, commonly known as Ice-T, was born on February 16, 1958. To celebrate his 59th birthday, we bring your some less-known facts about the one and only singer of rap metal champs Body Count, rapper and actor!

Here goes!

1. Ice-T's "6 'N the Mornin'" is sometimes seen as the track that triggered the whole gangsta rap movement. The song was inspired by Schoolly D's "PSK" and became the inspiration for Eazy E and N.W.A.'s "Boyz N' the Hood."

YouTube preview picture

2. Ice-T served 4 years in the army.

3. Ice-T was revealed to be an alien on TV series "Rick and Morty."

YouTube preview picture

4. Ice-T once lived a life of crime. It paid off and he was able to collect 350 pairs of sneakers.

5. Ice's been playing a role of Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on TV series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for 17 years already.

YouTube preview picture

6. In addition to his solo career, Ice also played/plays in different bands, ranging from rap metal to experimental hip-hop: Body Count, Rhyme $yndicate, Analog Brothers, Afrika & The Zulu Kings, Zulu Nation, Black Ice, SMG, The Radio Crew, The West Coast Rap All-Stars.

YouTube preview picture

7. A song called "Cop Killer" by Ice-T's band Body Count was a subject to controversy so he had to cut it out of his album (he later claimed he did that because he wanted to show kids what censorship is).

YouTube preview picture

8. For his appearance on the heavily collaborative track "Back on the Block," a composition by jazz musician Quincy Jones that "attempt[ed] to bring together black musical styles from jazz to soul to funk to rap," Ice-T won a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, an award shared by others who worked on the track including Jones and fellow jazz musician Ray Charles.

YouTube preview picture

9. Ice-T played more than 50 roles in different movies and TV series, including the role of J-Bone in the cult 1995 cyberpunk movie "Johnny Mnemonic."

YouTube preview picture

10. Ice-T did the voicing for a talking mule in a "Tommy and The Cool Mule" movie.

YouTube preview picture

11. On Body Count's upcoming album "Bloodlust" Ice-T collaborates with Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, ex-Sepultura), Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) and more.

23 comments sorted by best / new / date

    shwilly
    12: 'nuf said
    N-D
    Yeah, Body Count did a really great cover of Suicidal Tendencies classic!..
    zack2k
    It seems you have an anger problem, maybe you need some help.
    negativefx
    They did a solid job but I thought the topics he covered in his verses were a bit more juvenile than those in the OG. Sounds cool but the lyrics just seem kinda lame IMO. Still kudos to him for doing covers like this and also just simply doing Body Count in the first place.
    Valdrkyn
    Marilyn Manson said Ice-T invented iced tea.
    Pprtgr84
    Totally false. He helped M.Manson write "beautiful people" AND he taught the band drop tuning as well. Ice T is a very talented musician.
    PRSguitars87
    Anybody else remember when this website talked about rock oriented guitar driven music?
    bizmarkie
    Introducing News Feed: Read Only the News You're Interested In Are you more interested in guitars than interviews? Then we have great news for you as today we announce our new feature called News Feed front page sucka
    negativefx
    Anybody else remember when making snap judgments about artists they know nothing about made them look like complete morons? Oh yeah, I member
    st3WasHere
    Here I am, at my full-time desk job, listening to Cop Killer, trying my hardest not to thrash around & flip the damn table over. Thank you, Ice T, for the energy you cultivated!
    DVBAS
    Is it just me, or is there really a possible segue to Dave Mustaine in each article ever published on this website?