Your mom thinks he's just wonderful as Law & Order: SVU's Odafin Tutuola. Your nephew says that Madd Dogg is his favorite character from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Your weird brother-in-law swears that his turn as a half-man, half-kangaroo in 1995's Tank Girl is a highlight of 20th-century cinema. But the man doing business as Ice-T (real name: Tracy Marrow) put himself in a position to leverage his profile across various media platforms due to his abilities on the microphone: He was unquestionably one of the best storytellers and most dominant rappers of the late 1980s and early '90s. His 1986 single "6 'N the Morning" pioneered gangsta-rap, but it was with his hardcore punk/heavy-metal side project Body Count and 1992's revenge fantasy "Cop Killer" that Ice-T courted his greatest notoriety; he raised the ire of not only prominent politicians but also of Charlton Heston, who railed about the track and even intoned its "Die, die, die, pig, die!" battle cry.
Ice-T has reassembled Body Count for a new album (Manslaughter, out tomorrow); his latest targets, as heard in the record's opening salvo, "Talk Shit, Get Shot," are social-media-enabled loudmouths. As the band prepares to embark on this summer's RockStar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour, Ice told Vulture exactly what he thinks of keyboard crybabies and reminisced over the era of pre-internet outrage.