You may remember Ice-T from his rap albums in the 1980s and 90s, or maybe from movies like Surviving the Game, or perhaps you know him as Detective Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU. Now Ice-T can add one more title to his bio: author.

Ice-T has turned his rough start at life into a long list of accomplishments. Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption from South Central to Hollywood narrates the story of how Tracy Morrow, an orphaned 12-year-old, became the famous Ice-T. After losing both of his parents to premature heart attacks, the young boy was sent to live with relatives in Los Angeles where he identified with and quickly became involved with gang culture. He also became a father at the age of 18. He spent four years in the army, but returned to his life on the street robbing jewelry and clothing stores. After watching several of his fellow gang members head to prison, Tracy decided to get his life together and provide for his daughter in a respectable way. He had been writing his own rhymes since high school, so he turned to the rap scene and his talent was immediately recognized. He released several groundbreaking West Coast rap recordings and became lead vocalist for the influential thrash-metal band Body Count. He was also one of the first rappers to work on film and television and became a regular on Law & Order: SVU. Because of his work ethic and self discipline, Ice-T created his own international fame.

As expected, Ice-T uses a down-to-earth (and a little profane) tone about his dangerous teenage years on the street, as well as his experiences on tour in the music world. However, he does not put a heavy focus on music, but rather his thoughts on each society that he found himself in. He also shares with the reader each decision he made that brought him success and stability, separating it out among other entertainer memoirs. Overall, the audiobook is an inspiring story about an orphan who overcame several obstacles in life to become not only a success, but a household name in several different types of homes.

To order the audiobook (out tomorrow, April 19) for your library’s ‘Virtual Branch’, visit Content Reserve.

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Brianne Carlon is a marketing associate at OverDrive.

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