Choice quotes from Ice-T's book...

"Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood"

Two nights ago, I finished reading Ice-T's book of memoirs and only just realized the impact his music career was on artists like Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., the two rappers whose music I grew up listening to the most in my "rebellious" years, and grew an admiration for the man and less so ironically admire him for his tweets and the possibility that he may appear on our beloved Bombcast. As you might have hoped, he does mention a few video games here and there:

The record had been out for a whole year; it was on Body Count’s debut album. But we’d performed “Cop Killer” a full year before that on the Lollapalooza Tour. That made the song—if not the record—about two years old. The album came out, was selling well, and all of a sudden this organization called CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) started calling for people to boycott Time Warner and get “Cop Killer” removed from stores. Other police groups soon joined them, railing about the record. I’ll never forget the moment. I was at home playing a video game called Tecmo-Bowl with four of my boys when Sean E. Sean called me.  


Once you've tested the fire, you become very comfortable with the calm. These days, I’m in a quiet zone. I prefer staying in the crib, eating at my own table, chilling with my wife. The only blood and mayhem comes when I’m playing Xbox. Call of Duty. Red Dead Redemption. I can play that shit all day long. I love gaming so much. Last year I was even asked to voice the character Griffin in this dope-ass third-person shooter game called Gears of War 3.


And before he records a Bombcast with our beloved Vinny, he's got to blow off this mindset!

One thing I learned about Italians. They’re hot-blooded. Proud as hell. Easy to rile up. But they also respect the fact that you’ll stand up for yourself. By the rest of the shows in Italy, the whole story had reversed and all the Italians I met told me, “Look, Ice, we apologize for Milan.”


Anyway, just so I don't give it all away, always keep this in mind IN REAL LIFE and in video games, which is just as effective, surprisingly. Serious business, guys.

IT’S HARDER TO HIT A MOVING TARGET. PLAYERS KEEP IT MOVING.


(It was in all caps in the book)
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Moovin'
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Posted by rjayb89

"Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood"

Two nights ago, I finished reading Ice-T's book of memoirs and only just realized the impact his music career was on artists like Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., the two rappers whose music I grew up listening to the most in my "rebellious" years, and grew an admiration for the man and less so ironically admire him for his tweets and the possibility that he may appear on our beloved Bombcast. As you might have hoped, he does mention a few video games here and there:

The record had been out for a whole year; it was on Body Count’s debut album. But we’d performed “Cop Killer” a full year before that on the Lollapalooza Tour. That made the song—if not the record—about two years old. The album came out, was selling well, and all of a sudden this organization called CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas) started calling for people to boycott Time Warner and get “Cop Killer” removed from stores. Other police groups soon joined them, railing about the record. I’ll never forget the moment. I was at home playing a video game called Tecmo-Bowl with four of my boys when Sean E. Sean called me.  


Once you've tested the fire, you become very comfortable with the calm. These days, I’m in a quiet zone. I prefer staying in the crib, eating at my own table, chilling with my wife. The only blood and mayhem comes when I’m playing Xbox. Call of Duty. Red Dead Redemption. I can play that shit all day long. I love gaming so much. Last year I was even asked to voice the character Griffin in this dope-ass third-person shooter game called Gears of War 3.


And before he records a Bombcast with our beloved Vinny, he's got to blow off this mindset!

One thing I learned about Italians. They’re hot-blooded. Proud as hell. Easy to rile up. But they also respect the fact that you’ll stand up for yourself. By the rest of the shows in Italy, the whole story had reversed and all the Italians I met told me, “Look, Ice, we apologize for Milan.”


Anyway, just so I don't give it all away, always keep this in mind IN REAL LIFE and in video games, which is just as effective, surprisingly. Serious business, guys.

IT’S HARDER TO HIT A MOVING TARGET. PLAYERS KEEP IT MOVING.


(It was in all caps in the book)
...

Moovin'
Posted by EquitasInvictus

Wow, this is great! Good on you for pulling those select quotes out of the book for us!

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

Why do famous people feel the need to write books?
Posted by rjayb89
@ImmortalSaiyan said:
" Why do famous people feel the need to write books? "
Ice-T has a lot of time apparently. If you do read this book, sometimes it does just feel like he wrote a pamphlet's worth of something that happened in his life then just stuck it in this book. Most of it though, you do get the feeling he's at least piecing it together chronologically.

@EquitasInvictus said:
" Wow, this is great! Good on you for pulling those select quotes out of the book for us! "
Oh man, "select" quotes sounds better. Thanks though!
Posted by Vinny_Says
@rjayb89:  Does he talk about growing up in LA after moving from Jersey? Crips and Bloods? His start in hip hop? Law and Order?


most importantly, does he talk more about Gears of War 3?
Edited by rjayb89
@blacklabeldomm: Yes, he talks about how little his parents dying affected him and his sudden realization that he's staying in Los Angeles with his aunt. Crips, bloods, the hip, the hop, Law & Order, New Jack City. Basically his life pulling "licks," basically robbing jewelry stores, to his life sculpted after Iceberg Slim throughout his life in the streets of LA and in New York. I have more quotes, but I think Screened.com has that covered (quotes directly from his book in here).

He just mentions how "dope" Gears of War 3 is. Actually, that line I pulled from the book is basically all there is about Gears of War 3.
Posted by ArbitraryWater

I would read this book. If I was not already reading all the books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Ice-T, despite being a psupaganstah is probably not the world's most talented author. George R. R. Martin isn't either, but his books probably have more sex and violence.

Posted by rjayb89
@ArbitraryWater said:
" I would read this book. If I was not already reading all the books of A Song of Ice and Fire. Ice-T, despite being a psupaganstah is probably not the world's most talented author. George R. R. Martin isn't either, but his books probably have more sex and violence. "
I'm getting into my copy (well, Kindle copy) of Game of Thrones soon after I finish up with this Sherlock Holmes book. But yeah, Ice-T isn't the greatest writer out there for sure. I think the only word in his book that stumped me was the word lam (which is very appropriate once you find out what it means). He does drop the name of his ex-girlfriend, Darlene Ortiz I think was it, and if you remember/google search her, that's probably as sexy this book can get. He does mention Coco, too, but I'm not a fan of her features. Lucky for him though, they sound like a great pair and I'm glad things have been working out for them since they've gotten together.
Posted by SBYM

Looks to be an epic tome.