Yesterday (February 17) hip-hop pioneer, actor, and Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T was honored with the 2,747th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording.
During the unveiling, Ice-T was surrounded by his wife Coco, daughter Chanel, and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, SVU cast mate Mariska Hartigay, film and television producer Dick Wolf, Ice Cube, and others.
Born in New Jersey, Ice T quickly learned the art of survival. An only child whose parents died when he was very young, Ice-T became involved in Los Angeles gangs before spending four years in the Army. He went on to become rap’s original gangster, writing songs such as “6 ‘N the Mornin’” and the Grammy-nominated New Jack Hustler.
Ice-T not only helped to usher in “gangster rap”, but he has also lived it. He is the original embodiment of L.A. hip-hop and a cultural icon. Through his music, books, and lecture tours of America’s prisons, high schools, libraries, and colleges (including Harvard, Princeton and Stanford), Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America’s youth, regardless of color.
Congrats to the OG Ice-T!