Exclusive: Ice-T Explains Iceberg Slim Doc Delay, "It's A Difficult Film To Make Because..."
Friday, Jun 3, 2011 12:50PM
After late author Iceberg Slim's daughter Misty Beck revealed rapper/actor Ice-T's plan to release a documentary about her father's life, SOHH hit up the West Coast artist for an update.
While Ice promises the film is in the works, he also explained why it has taken a few years to complete.
"We're working on it," Ice-T told SOHH about the unfinished Iceberg Slim documentary. "Actually, my manager has been working on the film and I've been looking at some of the cuts and the edits. It's a difficult film to make because we're dealing with all cats from that era and we're going back in time when Iceberg Slim was in motion. Of course we interviewed his daughter, we interviewed his wife, we've interviewed cats he rolled with, people from his publishing house. So that's something. That's part of our production company. It's up and coming but the first thing we got coming out is the Art of Rap film this summer. We just gotta take it step by step but the Iceberg movie is in the works. We shot a lot of it." (SOHH)
Misty Beck told SOHH the film documentary would include comedian Chris Rock.
"Ice-T is working on and actually, I think it's pretty much almost done [with], a documentary about my father," Misty told SOHH. "He's interviewed a lot of people. Chris Rock is in it. Himself, obviously. I can't recall everyone who is in it. My mother, who passed away a few years ago unfortunately, was also interviewed -- I think this is his tribute to him. His manager pretty much set all that up. Right now it's getting wrapped up." (SOHH)
Three years ago, Ice-T revealed his inspiration for producing an Iceberg Slim biography film.
"It takes you through his whole life," Ice-T said about the documentary. "Iceberg went through a lot of different thing. He went from pimpin to door-to-door salesmen selling pesticides back to pimpin'. He went to prison a few times. I mean it's deep with how he deals with his mother. To me the beauty of Iceberg Slim, what I got from him, was he didn't tell you the A side of the game. He taught you the B side of the game too. And that to me has always been important...So this will be a documentary to show the ups and downs and the back and forth of the game. It's gonna be incredible." (All Hip Hop)
Ice is known for paying homage to Slim, as well as crediting the author for motivating his career.
Ice-T, the legendary rapper and actor, is turner his efforts and money to produce a documentary about the life of Iceberg Slim. Ice-T, whose real name is Tracy Lauren Marrow, used Iceberg Slim as the inspiration of his stage name and musical persona. "Iceberg Slim has been one of the most influential people in black culture," the rapper said. "Few people know the story behind the man and it's time that story is told." (Greasy Guide)
Ice-T & Coco's new reality series, "Ice Loves Coco" is slated to premiere June 12th at 10:30 PM EST on E!
Check out some past Ice-T footage below: