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Tracy Lauren Marrow, known professionally as Ice T, is an American rapper/songwriter/producer/actor/author who rose to prominence in the mid 1980s. Marrow’s stage name is tribute to writer Iceberg Slim. He began his career by DJing at parties before gaining attention for his rapping, which lead Marrow to pursue a career as a rapper. In 1982, Marrow met producer Willie Strong of Saturn Records. The result was the single “Cold Wind Madness”, which was released in 1983. That same year, Marrow released the single “Body Rock”, which became popular in clubs. Marrow received inspiration from fellow rapper Schoolly D’s single “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?”, which he heard at a club. Marrow liked the song’s sound and delivery, in addition to its vague reference to gang life. Marrow decided to adapt Schoolly D’s style, and wrote lyrics for the single “6 N The Morning” in his Hollywood apartment using a Roland TR-808. “6 N The Mornin” was released in 1986. Marrow landed a recording contract with Select Records. In 1987, he released his debut album “Rhyme Pays.” He also released the albums “Power” (1988), “The Iceberg/Freedom Of Speech: Just Watch What You Say” (1989), “O.G. Original Gangster” (1991), “Home Invasion” ((1993), “Ice T VI: Return Of The Real” (1996), “The Seventh Deadly Sin” (1999) and “Gangsta Rap” (2006). In addition to music, Marrow has worked as an actor having appeared in such films as “New Jack City”, “Breakin” “Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo”, “Rappin” and “Tresspass” to name a few. He can be seen as Detective/Sargent Odafin Tutuola on “Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.”