People get their musings in the oddest of places, and Ice-T doesn’t surprise me. He was inspired by Iceberg Slim, a ghetto poet/novelist. It was Ice-T who inspired hip-hop. That’s right…as a musician, Ice-T was extremely vital to the implementation of gansta glorified music or what was referred to as hip-hop music. Ice-I was a hard hitta with his deeply seeded sound coming from the heart and his own eyes. He is more than a rapper; Ice-T is an icon. Who Is He and Where Did He Come From? Tracy Marrow set the stage as he was born on February 16, 1958 for what was to become of a baby boy straight out of Newark, New Jersey. After his parents died (while he was in grade school a few years separate of each other), Ice-T went to live with his aunt. She lived The street life called for him to take up pimping and thieving instead. Nevertheless, when he was involved in a car wreck a couple years later, he decided to stick to a microphone. s Music Though Ice-T debut his first album in 1987 called Rhyme Pays. The saucy rapper started putting together stories about that street life he knew all too well, hence “6 ‘n the Mornin’” and “Squeeze the Trigger”. Oh my goodness, people didn’t like that either. Tipper Gore’s principal encounter with the organization, the Parent ‘s Music Resource Center, mandated that a warning label be put of his albums to warn of its sexually explicit content. Not only that, but the violence as well. It wouldn’t be long before everybody knew who Ice-T, the rapper was. He was all over the mags but Rolling Stone in particular, displaying a police officer’s uniform. He lost financial associations with the air play of that song. Time Warner would ask fellow partners to remove Ice-T’s album for their shelves. After a mutual arrangement was made, Ice-T severed ties with the company in ’93, taking with him five gold albums.