A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-From South Central to Hollywood
One World, Paperback, 9780345523297, 251pp.
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated drama Law & Order: SVU. But where the hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T—the one few of his millions of fans have ever heard—truly begins. Ice is Ice-T in his own words—raw, uncensored, and unafraid to speak his mind. About his orphan upbringing on the gang-infested streets of South Central, his four-year stint in the U.S. Army, his successful career as a hustler and thief, and his fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge his own path to international stardom. Along the way, Ice shares never-before-told stories about friends such as Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and Flavor Flav, among others. And he offers up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest passion: mentoring at-risk youths around the country. With insights into the cutthroat world of the street—and the cutthroat world of Hollywood—Ice is the unforgettable story of a true American original.
Douglas Century has coauthored several national bestsellers including Under and Alone with William Queen, Takedown with Rick Cowan, Street Kingdom: Five Years Inside the Franklin Avenue Posse, and If Not Now, When? with Colonel Jack Jacobs.
“In his spare, plainspoken autobiography, Ice-T speaks freely and unapologetically. . . . Ice is a good name for this memoir—its writer is a cool cat.”—Los Angeles Times
“Ice-T, in short, is someone hip-hop might have invented if he hadn’t invented himself. . . . Ice showcases an eminently reasonable, positively likeable guy, the gangsta rapper even a parent could love.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating memoir, the pages of which are jam-packed with tales of a guy who ‘actively did everything I rhymed about.’ ”—Associated Press
“A boldly opinionated, bracingly street-tough memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[An] inspiring story.”—Booklist