Rapper & Actor, Law & Order: SVU
Ice-T not only invented gangster rap, he has lived it. Ice-T is the original embodiment of LA Hip-Hop and a cultural icon. Through his music, his books (The Ice Opinion, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood), and his lecture tours of America’s prisons, high schools, libraries, and colleges (including Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford), Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America’s youth, regardless of color. Read More >
The Art of Rap
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Opportunity Meets Preparation
Ice’s life has often been defined by overcoming adversity. As a child he lost both of his parents by the time he was 11. He was then shipped from New Jersey to Los Angeles to live with an alcoholic Aunt who treated him horribly. At 17 he moved out and started living on his own in south-central while the violent and infamous gang culture exploded. To add to this, he got his girlfriend pregnant. Faced with that responsibility, he decided to join the Army. While in the Army, he learned the power of discipline. After his stint as a Ranger, he settled into civilian life, to only get into a horrific car accident and was in a coma for three days. However, at this point in his life the new rap musical form debuted and was quickly catching on. Ice had always made gang rhymes and realized that he had a talent for writing street poetry. Rather than mimicking what everyone else was doing, he created the genre of gangster rap. Yet, when he approached record labels about his music, he was always told three things: only East Coast rappers sell, rap music is a fad, and you’re not talented. Time and time again, Ice was thrown into adversity. The tune of his life was the repetitive obstacle, opportunity, obstacle, opportunity. His mindset at every juncture brought him success. In this lecture, he talks about the lessons he learned and what he did to not just survive, but to thrive.
"We had a great time. ICE was so funny and laid back. We had a great turn out, we appreciate ICE so much, it was hot in the VIP and tons of people and he held in like the pro he is to do photos and autographs for a long time. Hope he had a great time."
"Ice-T was a great speaker and was well received by the students. We had over 600 students attend! He spoke for 1 hour and took time to answer almost everyone's questions. He is very inspiring and engaging. I would recommend him to other college campuses."
"He was awesome! I highly recommend him for any college campus. Smart, funny, engaging and thought-provoking. The interview format with a professor and the Q&A that followed were great. He took tons of photos with students. We don’t do much large-scale programming, but next time we do, you will be my first call."
“The Ice-T event went extremely well. He spoke for almost two hours in the end (with a question and answer period) and had everyone laughing and attentive the whole time. He's a great speaker with important things to say. It's not easy to keep a student audience of over 700 captivated but he did it no problem. He and Coco also took the time to sign autographs afterwards and the students were grateful for it!”
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