Background information
Birth name Tracy Marrow
Born February 16, 1958
Newark, New Jersey
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genre(s) Hip hop, heavy metal, punk rock
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Years active 1983—present
Label(s) Sire Records
Website Official website

Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper and actor. A pioneer of gangsta rap, Ice-T is also the founder of the thrash metal band Body Count, has worked with a number of punk rock and heavy metal musicians, and made his acting debut in 1991's New Jack City.

Ice-T collaborated with Insane Clown Posse on the 1999 song "Dead End", and performed at the Gathering in 2001 and 2008.[1][2]


Marrow was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to South Central Los Angeles. While attending Crenshaw High School, he became interested in hip hop and the work of Iceberg Slim, whose poetry he would memorize and recite for friends and classmates.[3] After leaving high school, he began to establish a career as a rapper, basing his stage name upon Iceberg Slim's. Ice-T signed with Sire in 1987, releasing his debut album, Rhyme Pays. The same year, he recorded the theme song for Dennis Hopper's film Colors. The following year, Ice-T formed his own record label, Rhyme Syndicate Records, and released his second album, Power, and established himself as a rap superstar by his third album, The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say.

In 1991, he made his acting debut in the film New Jack City, for which he recorded the film's theme song, "New Jack Hustler", which appeared on his fourth studio album, O.G.: Original Gangster, which featured the album debut of Body Count, a hardcore punk and thrash metal band. The band's debut was the subject of much controversy, due to the inclusion of the song "Cop Killer". After ending his distribution contract with Sire, moving to Priority Records in 1993 to release his fifth studio album, Home Invasion. From 1994 until 1996, he worked primarily with Body Count, releasing his sixth solo album, VI - Return of the Real, followed by The Seventh Deadly Sin in 1999, and Gangsta Rap in 2006.


  1. Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin. "Hatchet Rising". in Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd Edition ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 470. ISBN 09741846083. 
  2. A Family Underground. [DVD]. Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Video. 
  3. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography of Ice-T". Allmusic. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.