Born on Feb. 16, 1958 as Tracy Marrow, Ice-T discovered rap while in the military. He also committed a fair number of crimes — never convicted of criminal activity in his post-military life, Ice-T admitted to theft and drug-dealing many years later.
Then he became a successful rapper. He got a Grammy in 1991, and then — along with heavy metal band Body Count — Ice-T pretty much personified controversy with the notorious “Cop Killer.”
Warning: The lyrics for this song are extremely NSFW.
The 1992 song from the “Body Count” album pretty much made everyone mad — especially law enforcement.
Thus, the irony. Although Ice-T has had a successful career in acting for three decades, his most notable role may be as Detective Fin Tutuola in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Ice-T has played the role since 2000.
How can we not celebrate a man of such range over 56 years? Happy Birthday Ice-T!