The Ice-T Reader: Celebrate the Renaissance Man in Verse

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You may know him as no-nonsense detective Fin Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU (the most recent season of which premiered February 8), the lyric force behind thrash-metal band Body Count (their latest album, Bloodlust, drops later this month), the founder of Rhyme $yndicate Records, the star of reality TV series Ice Loves Coco, the voice of Madd Dogg in video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, an adamant activist, charismatic Twitter presence, or from his all too brief cameo on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

But did you know Ice-T is also an author? A majestic modern-day renaissance man, there’s (probably) nothing Ice-T can’t do. Join us in celebrating his admirable candor and tireless hustle with the five titles below:

Ice A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood, by Ice-T and Douglas Century

This “no-holds-barred memoir,” Ice-T’s second, offers a candid look at the rapper-actor’s early life (born as Tracy Morrow in New Jersey), gang entanglements, 1992 censorship controversy, tour experiences, and, in typical Ice-T style, much more.

The Ice Opinion The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck? by Ice-T and Heidi Siegmund

From jewelry heists to Body Count’s controversial single “Cop Killer,” Ice’s original autobiography, written in 1994, airs crucial opinions on First Amendment rights, police brutality, religion, and riots in 10 discussion-stirring “lectures.”

Kings of Vice, by Ice-T and Mal RadcliffKings of Vice

Ice-T’s first foray into crime fiction introduces Marcus “Crush” Casey, an enlightened ex-con torn between exacting revenge against the man who framed him, reclaiming the streets with his former gang, the Vice Kings, and deciphering the agenda of a suspiciously cryptic parole officer.

Mirror ImageMirror Image, by Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa

The sequel to Kings of Vice finds Crush’s claim to the city’s crime syndicate challenged by newcomer Alek. Will the two aspiring kingpins join forces? Or will the streets of New York instead erupt in bloodshed?

Rap on RapRap on Rap: Straight-Up Talk on Hip-Hop Culture, edited by Adam Sexton

In this collection of hip-hop-centric critiques, drawings, diatribes, and poems, Sexton blends contributions from established critics and artists—including Tricia Rose, Greg Tate, Paris, and, naturally, Ice himself—and academic articles from Henry Louis Gates and Ann Marlowe into a “multifaceted discourse on racism, censorship, and contemporary music’s evolution.”

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Briana Shemroske is Booklist's Editorial Assistant for Books for Youth. She recently graduated with a BA from Lake Forest College where she studied English Writing and Art History. In her free time she can be found eating cheeseburgers, frolicking with her schnoodle, Moritz, and feebly attempting to play board games. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Briana.

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