5 Reasons You Should See Ice-T’s ‘Portrait Of A Pimp’


Ice-T is used to the lifestyles of the rich and shameless. Before he became a Grammy-winning rap artist, Law and Order detective and reality-TV star, he was a student of the game, just like the rest of us. One day, the future gangsta rap forefather would get his hands on a paperback copy of Iceberg Slim’s 1969 memoir, Pimp: The Story of My Life, which only the coolest of the cool held in the back pocket of their Levis each day.

Fast forward some umpteen years, and we’re brought to Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, an examination of the tumultuous life and times of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to literary god who penned 7 groundbreaking books. Each title pushed the genre of street lit and offered insight into hood living without the rose-colored glasses.

For the millions of readers and rappers who’ve made Iceberg Slim into a cultural icon, this film fleshes out his legacy. Directed by Jorge Hinojosa, the documentary features archival footage of Slim, along with interviews with friends, colleagues, and famous admirers, including Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Henry Rollins, Quincy Jones, and, of course, Ice-T.

With the project in theaters now, check out 5 Reasons You Should See Ice-T’s Portrait of a Pimp.