A story of crime and courage, hustler savvy and artistic expression. Ice-T was an orphan by the age of 13, moved to Los Angeles, and after a brief stint in the Army, began an astonishingly successful life of crime. However, as he watched his friends head to jail (or worse, the morgue), he began polishing his rapping skills. Soon he was playing the local club scene, rapping about his life of crime, laying the groundwork for gangsta rap and recording the controversial "Cop Killer." Ice has continued to write about crime and the consequences of bad behavior; but more than anything, he remains true to himself, an extremely rare quality in the music industry.