One of the most polarizing aspects of Hip-Hop's culture is the rebellion and challenging the status quo in an artistic and intelligent manner respectively. Tracy Morrow, the Newark native but Los Angeles raised MC known as, "Ice-T" was known as one of Hip-Hop's most articulate and intelligent artists for his ability to paint painfully honest social commentaries about the reality of his community and beyond. Within his conscious raps about social injustices, Ice-T also was very controversial for his clever rhymes about women, violence, and sex which would appropriately land his debut album, "Rhyme Pays" with an explicit sticker (which was one of the first albums to be classified as such).
Ice-T's iconic MC moniker was inspired from the infamous Iceberg Slim who wrote poetry and this would inspire Ice-T to record many 12'' vinyl singles in the early 1980's. Amongst Ice-T's first 12'' singles was his 1983 track "Cold Wind Madness" and his 1984 joint, "The Coldest Rap". By 1987, Ice-T had landed a major record deal with Sire Records that would give him the platform to release his debut album, "Rhyme Pays" that bolstered one of the blueprints for gangster rap in the song called, "6 'N Tha Mornin'". The album features production support from, "DJ Aladdin" and "Afrika Islam" who sculpted fitting party-oriented and aggressive soundscapes that paired beautifully with Ice-T's charismatic flow and rhyme schemes. This album would prime Ice-T to continue his career in Hip-Hop by dropping 7 more solo studio albums that include the standout projects in, "Power", "O.G. Original Gangster" and "Home Invasion". In addition to Ice's solo albums, he would also release albums with his heavy metal band, "Body Count", dropping 6 studio albums that covered a wide range of controversial topics from police brutality to drug abuse.
Aside from music, Ice-T has succeeded in various forms of entertainment in acting for films (which included the iconic movie, "New Jack City"), acting for TV shows (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), voice acting for video games (Gears of War 3) and even podcasting as well.
Please be sure to check out Ice-T's discography here and his critically acclaimed 2012 documentary about the art of rapping within Hip-Hop as pure art from in, "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap".