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April 21, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, Dennis Hunt is a Times staff writer. and
Is Ice-T, the godfather of gangsta rap, starting to melt? The question might appear strange to those who are seeing the Los Angeles rapper for the first time in "New Jack City," the brutal film about big-city drug dealers that co-stars Ice-T as a dynamic, hard-boiled cop. His 1987 album "Rhyme Pays" popularized "gangsta rap," a musical style whose explicit narratives of ghetto violence frequently chronicle--and some say glorify--gang battles with police .
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February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In his podcast, rapper-actor Ice-T talks about recording an audiobook for Audible. The recording was hard -- because the story was what he describes as "a [expletive] Dungeons & Dragons book. " "When you read these books, you make up the pronunciation in your head," he says. "But to actually verbally say this words? Son. Son. " "It took me  3½ hours  to read 25 pages. " This is how he tells it on his freewheeling, full-of-adult-language podcast : "Dungeons & Dragons is some of the most crazy, deep, deep, deep nerd [stuff]
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July 25, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Ice-T, one of the pioneers of West Coast gangsta rap, has added his voice to the nation's ongoing debate over gun control, saying he does not want more regulations on guns. The rapper-actor was on Channel 4 London News to talk about his recently released directorial debut, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” when news broke about the mass killings at a screening of "Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado last week. He was then asked about his attitudes toward guns and why he defends the right to bear arms.
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September 14, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO--If the Toronto International Film Festival is known for works of grand cinematic scope like "The Master" and "Cloud Atlas," it also has another filmic side: the one where true stories are told about colorful personalities. Perhaps none comes more colorful than Iceberg Slim, the late pimp-turned-bestselling-author who helped create the genre known as street lit and had a profound effect on hip-hop and its artists. One of those artists is the musician and actor Ice-T, who credits his career and his life to the street scribe.
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February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In his podcast, rapper-actor Ice-T talks about recording an audiobook for Audible. The recording was hard -- because the story was what he describes as "a [expletive] Dungeons & Dragons book. " "When you read these books, you make up the pronunciation in your head," he says. "But to actually verbally say this words? Son. Son. " "It took me  3½ hours  to read 25 pages. " This is how he tells it on his freewheeling, full-of-adult-language podcast : "Dungeons & Dragons is some of the most crazy, deep, deep, deep nerd [stuff]
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO--If the Toronto International Film Festival is known for works of grand cinematic scope like "The Master" and "Cloud Atlas," it also has another filmic side: the one where true stories are told about colorful personalities. Perhaps none comes more colorful than Iceberg Slim, the late pimp-turned-bestselling-author who helped create the genre known as street lit and had a profound effect on hip-hop and its artists. One of those artists is the musician and actor Ice-T, who credits his career and his life to the street scribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1992
Your news judgment defies reasoning. President Bush comes to town, and I couldn't find any coverage at all except a buried paragraph in an Oregon-datelined story. Your rival newspaper carried a color picture and full story. That was Sept. 15. Then rap singer Ice-T comes to town and you put his picture on Page 1 and again on the front page of the San Diego County section, plus a feature story. Do you think any of the young punk rockers read your newspaper? GLORIA WALLS SEELYE Fallbrook
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1991
Who does Ice-T think he is to criticize the police when his personal record isn't so squeaky clean ("A Rapper Goes Hollywood," April 21)? He complains that the police treated him like he's "less than a dog," yet he freely admits that he used to engage in "robbing, stealing and hustling." Tell me, Ice-T, just how did you expect to be treated when you obviously treated others like dirt? What especially saddens me is that in light of the Rodney G. King incident, people like Ice-T have actually gained an undeserved credibility, fueled by the current media fad known as "cop-bashing."
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February 27, 1993
Re "Ice-T Tells It Like He Is to Stanford Law Students" (Feb. 22): For Ice-T to condemn the Constitution and "the system" that has allowed him to profitably spread and publicize his poisonous message is the height of hypocrisy. As an L.A. teacher, I am acutely aware of the negative influence that artists such as Ice-T have on kids. If Ice-T and others like him really want to help L.A., then they must exemplify love and tolerance over hate and confrontation. KEVIN C. GLYNN Glendale
REAL ESTATE
August 23, 1992
Recently on TV I witnessed rap singer Ice-T advocate the torching of the White House as a protest of what he considers the oppression of blacks and he appeared deadly serious. Now, as reported in The Times, (Hot Property, "View Home Fits Rapper to a T," Aug. 9) he has a new house of his own, a $1.2-million mansion far removed from his oppressed brethren. Let's all hope we can rest a little easier now. ETHEL BARKER Santa Monica
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July 25, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Ice-T, one of the pioneers of West Coast gangsta rap, has added his voice to the nation's ongoing debate over gun control, saying he does not want more regulations on guns. The rapper-actor was on Channel 4 London News to talk about his recently released directorial debut, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” when news broke about the mass killings at a screening of "Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado last week. He was then asked about his attitudes toward guns and why he defends the right to bear arms.
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June 15, 2012 | By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Why doesn't rap garner the respect afforded jazz and the blues? Not without its share of self-interest, the question recurs throughout "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," executive-produced, directed by and featuring Ice-T, who shares the screen with a strong percentage of the major rap and hip-hop artists of the last three decades. The movie's just OK as a documentary, prone to generalities ("This film is about the craft"; "Run-DMC took the live show to a whole 'nother level")
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April 20, 2011 | Evelyn McDonnell, McDonnell is the author of "Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids, and Rock 'n' Roll."
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption -- From South Central to Hollywood Ice-T and Douglas Century One World/Ballantine: 288 pages, $25 -- In order to maintain his street cred and speak honestly about his past -- i.e., to keep it real -- the erstwhile gangster rapper must own up to his crimes. To keep his crossover celebrity and A-list perks, he must also make clear he's gone legit. The gangster rap memoir (if, based on a handful of books, we can declare this a genre)
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December 9, 2009
SERIES Glee: As Quinn's secret unravels, the Glee club may not recover in time to compete for sectionals, and Will makes a potentially life-changing decision in this new episode (9 p.m. Fox). MythBusters: Adam and Jamie test an old gun-slinging myth (9 p.m. Discovery). Nostradamus Effect: In the new episode "Armageddon Battle Plan," researchers explore the writings contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls, which detail a future apocalyptic war that will end the world, and claim to find an amazing "coincidence" between events that are unfolding now and those foretold in the War Scroll (9 p.m. History)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
A onetime Crips member, who bragged in his memoir that he could clear out a jewelry store in 30 seconds, heard his own words used against him Thursday in his first day of trial on robbery charges in Murrieta. Colton Simpson, 41, told readers he had abandoned his violent lifestyle as a Rollin' Thirties Harlem Crip and wanted to help turn youngsters away from gang violence.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2003 | P.J. Huffstutter
Altnet, a Los Angeles-based service that helps copyright holders deliver files securely over the peer-to-peer Kazaa network, has signed a deal with rapper Ice-T to distribute his new record "Repossession" online. Altnet and Ice-T's record label, Final Level Entertainment, will be selling the rapper's 19-track record online for $4.99. The deal also calls for Altnet to distribute an additional 16 audio or video tracks in the future.
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April 20, 2011 | Evelyn McDonnell, McDonnell is the author of "Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids, and Rock 'n' Roll."
Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption -- From South Central to Hollywood Ice-T and Douglas Century One World/Ballantine: 288 pages, $25 -- In order to maintain his street cred and speak honestly about his past -- i.e., to keep it real -- the erstwhile gangster rapper must own up to his crimes. To keep his crossover celebrity and A-list perks, he must also make clear he's gone legit. The gangster rap memoir (if, based on a handful of books, we can declare this a genre)
BUSINESS
July 26, 1992
Oliver North is right! Ice-T's lyrics are seditious! And who can forget Ollie's seditious act of lying to the Congress of the United States of America? EVELYN SIROKY Littlerock, Calif.
NEWS
February 6, 2003 | From Associated Press
Ice-T, a star of television's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," acknowledged he's the father of a New York Board of Education clerk's 15-month-old son and was ordered to pay $4,000 a month for temporary support for the child. He waived his right to a paternity trial after Manhattan Family Court Hearing Officer David Kirschblum said a DNA report proves the rapper-actor is the father of Kevin Ice Marrow.
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October 19, 2001 | MARK SACHS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After spending the first couple of episodes revving up his glowering presence in a supporting role, cast member Ice-T grabs center stage in tonight's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" at 10 on NBC. Ice-T, whose busy acting career has pushed his visibility as a Grammy-winning hip-hop artist onto the back burner, plays Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, a Harlem-raised hard guy who lends a streetwise sheen to the unit.
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