In his new memoir, Ice: A Memoir of Gangsta Life and Redemption, rapper-turned-actor Ice-T gives readers a peek into his fascinating life and career.

To quote the New York Times: "No one, after all, better embodies the darling 'hip-hop as Horatio Alger myth' narrative than someone who's gone, to cite his subtitle, from South Central to Hollywood ‚ÄĒ from robbing people to rhyming for them, from singing about killing cops to playing a cop on camera, from being blasted by the president to winning an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award."

Although Ice-T's off-screen persona isn't for everyone, this honest and sometimes surprising memoir might just be worth the read.

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