September 14, 2012 |
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
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."
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
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
April 20, 2011 |
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)