Ice-T’s net worth as of 2020 is estimated to be around $50 million.
Born Tracy Lauren Marrow on the 16th February 1958, he is an accomplished rapper, musican, author, actor and music producer who has made a significant fortune and name for himself over the years.
He has released nine solo studio albums, six albums with the “Body Count” band, and six collaborations albums with various artists.
He has also made a lot of money from his appearances in movies, TV shows, and video games.
It’s reported that he is the second-highest-paid cast of the high grossing drama series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”.
This drama series earned him the NAACP’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His portrayal of Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, a former undercover narcotics officer transferred to the Special Victims Unit was outstanding.
Source of Wealth
Ice-T’s source of wealth is from the sale of his songs and albums. His first three albums released in 1987, 1988, and 1989, respectively were each certified gold by the RIAA.
He also makes a significant percentage of his income from his acting career. He has featured in many top-grossing and blockbuster films and Television series.
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Ice T was born as Tracy Lauren Marrow on February 16, 1958. He was born in Newark in New Jersey. He is the son of Solomon and Alice Marrow.
His father, Solomon, worked as a conveyor belt mechanic. His father was African-American while his mother was Creole.
He was raised by his father after his mother died of a heart attack. His father also died of a heart attack when he was twelve years old.
He went to live with an aunt after his parents died. He stayed with this aunt briefly before he was sent to live with another aunt and her husband who resided in View Park-Windsor Hills in South Los Angeles.
He shared a room with his cousin Earl who was a fan of rock music. This association influenced Ice T’s interest in both rock music as well as heavy metal music.
He attended Palms Junio High – a predominantly white students’ school. He also attended Crenshaw High School – a predominantly black students’ school. Both of these schools are located in Los Angeles.
During his time at Crenshaw, gang membership, drug and alcohol use was prevalent. He was associated with the gang “Crips”.
He joined the United States Army in 1977 and served a two-year and two-month tour in the 25th Infantry Division.
During a spell in the army, Ice T was involved with a group of soldiers charged with the stealing of a rug. He received non-judicial punishment for his dereliction of duty – He went absent without leave after receiving a bonus check of $2500.
He showed interest in hip hop music when he was in the army. He also bought equipment and learned rapping and turntablism.
He received an honorable discharge from his army commanding officer in 1979 because he was a single father.
Music Career highlights:
Ice-T’s career started off after he left the Army. He showed interest in hip hop music when he was in the military.
He had served the United States Army from 1977 and worked in the 25th Infantry Division for two-year and two months.
His music career highlights got off professionally in 1982 when he met Willie Strong a music producer that worked with Saturn Records.
In the following year, 1983, his first single titled “Cold Wind Madness” was recorded by Strong. This became an underground success even though it was not played in radio stations due to its hardcore lyrics.
He wrote and released his first gangsta song titled “6 in the Mornin‘”. This song became popular in clubs.
Ice-T signed a record deal with Sire Records, and in 1987 he released his first studio album titled “Rhyme Pays”. This album was later certified gold by the RIAA.
A year later, he released a second album titled “Power”. This album received positive reviews and was also certified gold by the RIAA.
His next album titled “The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech…Just Watch What You Say” would become the album that really established his popularity.
He co-founded the metal band called “Body Count” in 1991. This music band would later release man many albums.
Ice-T has released other studio albums over the years. The list of his albums include “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).
His albums with Body Count band include Body Count (1992), “Born Dead” (1994), “Violent Demise: The Last Days” (1997), “Murder 4 Hire” (2006), “Manslaughter” (2014), and “Bloodlust” (2017).
Ice-T’s music career has also led to collaboration albums with other artists. His collaboration albums include:
- “Breaking and Entering” with The Radio Crew (1983)
- “Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through” with Rhyme $yndicate (1988)
- “Pimp to Eat” with Analog Brothers (2000)
- “Repossession” with SMG (2004)
- “Urban Legends” with Black Ice (2008)
- “The Foundation Album (Legends Recording Group)” with Various Artists (2019)
Ice-T won the 1991 Grammy Award for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
This award was for the song “Back on the Block” which was a collaborative track composed by Jazz Quincy Jones.
Another artist that share in this award was the jazz musician Ray Charles.
Ice-T made an appearance of one of the ‘Enforcers’ in an episode of the TV program “Fame” in 1983.
He started off his acting career when he appeared as Rap Talker in the 1984 film “Breakin'”.
He has since appeared in many Films and Television series.
Some of the popular films he was cast include
- “Ricochet” (1991)
- “Trespass” (1992)
- “Who’s the Man?” (1993)
- “Surviving the Game” (1994)
- “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn” (2013)
His television appearances include “New York Undercover”(1995), “MADtv”(1996), “American Dad!” (2018) and so on.
He has produced a number of successful films. These include
- “Judgment Day”(1999)
- “Stealth Fighter”(1999)
- “Up in Harlem”(2004)”
- “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”(2012)
- “Public Enemy Number One”(2019)
Ice T had a girlfriend named Adrienne when he was in high school. She gave birth to their daughter LeTesha in 1976. Both Ice T and Adrienne attended high school while raising their daughter.
He started dating Darlene Ortiz from 1984. Their relationship blossomed and she gave birth to their son Ice Tracy Marrow in 1992.
In 2002, he married swimsuit model “Nicole “Coco Marie” Austin”. In 2015, they announced their birth of their daughter Chanel Nicole Marrow.
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