Born Tracey Lauren Marrow on the 16th day of February, 1958 in New Jersey, Ice T is an American rapper, singer, screenwriter, record producer, actor and businessman with a net worth estimated to be around $35 million.
Better known by his stage name Ice T, Tracey moved to live with his relatives in LA when aged twelve. This was soon after both his parents died. Ice T served four years in the United States Army after finishing high school. Later in 1987, Sire Records, a branch of Warner Bros Records, signed him.
His first album (Rhyme Pays) came in the same year, followed by two other albums in the two subsequent years (Power and The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech…Just Watch What You Say), with each of them receiving gold certification from the RIAA. However, it is his 1991 release, O.G. Original Gangster, which became his most popular album. In addition, this album is considered the founder of gangsta rap. The latter albums were released under his record label which he launched in 1988 and called it the Rhyme Syndicate Records.
Ice T went on and produced more albums that include Home Invasion, Ice T VI: Return of the Real, and The Seventh Deadly Sin. He received a Grammy Award for his contributions in Back on the Block for the Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo in 1991; the year in which he helped establish a heavy metal music band called Body Count that went on to release its debut album in the following year, after having featured the band on his O.G album.
His metal band released a controversial single called Cop Killer and in the middle of the controversy, Ice T left Sire Records and Priority Records was his next preferred destination. Throughout the 1990s, he went on to release a number of albums with his metal band but later came back to the rap scene with a 2006 album called Gangsta Rap.
As an actor, Ice T busted into the scenes in 1984 when he featured in the film Breakin’. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, he took on several supporting roles and in 2000; he made his breakthrough as a detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola when he featured on the highly successful TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He is still part of the show’s regular cast.
Outside celebrity life, Ice T is married to Nicole Austin (Coco Marie) and he has two children (Tracy Marrow and LeTesha) from his previous relationships.