A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption--from South Central to Hollywood

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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.
Publisher: New York : One World Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345523303
Branch Call Number: 782.4216497 ICE 2011
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Century, Douglas


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Aug 27, 2013

I was surprised by this book. I really only know Ice-T from his television career, so hearing how he spent his formative years in South Central L.A. were insightful. It's great to see how he went from a stone cold criminal to someone who is contributing to society. He also gives you an inside look at what was happening in South Central L.A. during the rise of gangs like the Bloods and Crips.

MzVic2384 Jul 19, 2011

Excellent read! Ice was very open about his journey the good and the bad. But with a true understanding of what is really important to live in this life.

debwalker Apr 30, 2011

"According to Ice-T, he's not reinforcing a lifestyle. He's just presenting the facts. It's not his fault that the facts might be uncomfortable or hard. And he's not leaving anything out.

"If you read my book now, you'll also read that everybody that I was involved with during what we thought were good times ended up dead or in prison," he said. "If you follow the story completely, you'll see that Ice was on this road, and then he made a decision to change. And that's the only reason I'm around still today. If they're really going to read this book, they're not going to say 'I want to live the first half of Ice's life.' They're going to say 'I wanna be Ice now.'"

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