A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was dedicated to the honour of Ice-T on Friday, one day after the gangsta rap pioneer-turned-actor celebrated his 65th birthday.
According to reports, Ice-T’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit castmate Mariska Hargitay and the series’ creator Dick Wolf and fellow legendary rapper Chuck D spoke during the unveiling ceremony at 7065 Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Sycamore avenues.
The star is the 2,747th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.
Ice-T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, New Jersey on February 16, 1958. By the time he was 13, both his parents had died and he was sent to live with his aunt and her husband in the Windsor Hills section of Los Angeles.
He became interested in hip-hop music during his two years in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge in 1979, he initially sought to be a DJ, adopting the stage name Ice-T as a tribute to Iceberg Slim.
However, he received more attention for his rapping, which led him to pursue a career as a rapper.
Ice-T began recording singles in 1983 and released his first album, Rhyme Pays, in 1987, which was certified as gold by the music industry trade group, the Recording Industry Association of America.