These days, Ice-T is probably recognized by most as Detective Tutuola from NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But the irony is in the details; before becoming a TV cop, he helped define early gangsta rap and rose to infamy with a song called “Cop Killer” written for his metal band Body Count. Of course, that was after serving four years in the Army and a stint robbing jewelry stores, and before authoring a book called The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck? and another more tamely titled memoir out this year. In the gangsta storyline, it was his 1987 debut Rhyme Pays and its lead single "6 'N the Mornin’" that made the biggest impression—as well earning notoriety as the first hip-hop record to rock a Parental Advisory warning. It’s impossible to argue Ice-T didn’t leave his mark. With Helladope, Meez. NICK FELDMAN

Fri., April 29, 9 p.m., 2011

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