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6 businesses owned by Ice T

From street life to stardom, Ice-T's journey spans groundbreaking rap albums, iconic acting roles, philanthropic efforts, and successful business ventures

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe
Ice T business ventures

Ice-T, born Tracy Lauren Marrow on Feb. 16, 1958, rose from the streets of Newark, New Jersey, as an orphan, to become a cornerstone of American rap and a distinguished actor, marking his journey from the streets of South Central Los Angeles to the top of the entertainment industry in the 1980s. In a bid to overcome a life of racism and lack, he joined the army, where his interest in music began to intensify. After his time in the army, Ice T found himself navigating a precarious path through crime and violence as he struggled to provide for his family. It was music that offered him a lifeline, transforming his turbulent experiences into a powerful form of expression. His early involvement with the rap group C.I.A. laid the groundwork for a solo career that produced seminal albums like “Rhyme Pays” and “Power” on his own Rhyme $yndicate Records. Through his music, Ice T candidly depicted the harsh realities of urban life, with tracks such as “6 ‘N The Mornin’” painting vivid portraits of street life, and the controversial “Cop Killer” voicing the frustrations and anger felt by many. His body of work stands as a gritty chronicle of his journey and the broader societal issues he witnessed. These contributions have not only made a name for Ice-T in hip-hop history but have also started discussions on societal issues, showcasing his role and influence as a firebrand and a visionary in the music industry.

Ice T later on transitioned into the acting industry, showcasing his versatility, depth, and ability to adapt as an artist. Ice-T’s film debut was in “New Jack City” alongside Wesley Snipes and Chris Rock. He gained subsequent roles in “Trespass,” “Tank Girl,” and “Johnny Mnemonic”. His most iconic role is his enduring portrayal of Detective Odafin Tutuola in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, which earned him NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2002. Away from the limelight, Ice-T’s life is deeply anchored in family values, marked by his marriage to Nicole Austin and his dedicated role as a father. This aspect of his life offers a stark contrast to his public image, revealing a more personal side. Ice T is also well known for his philanthropic efforts. His philanthropic work has been aimed at supporting disadvantaged children, sexually abused persons, animals, and the health sector. Ice T has supported charity organizations like the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Joyful Heart Foundation, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, amongst others. His personal interests in sports reveal a man committed to making a meaningful impact beyond music and acting.

The major source of expansion for Ice-T is entrepreneurship and his entrepreneurial ability has led him to own business ventures which Billionaire Africa share some insights about here:


 Founded by Ice-T in 1987, this record label played a crucial role in bringing West Coast rap to the mainstream. It helped launch the careers of several artists like DJ Aladdin, Hen-Gee & Evil-E (NYC Spin Masters), Lord Finesse, Donald D, Toddy Tee, WC, King Tee, Bronx Style Bob, Divine Styler, and Everlast, marking a significant impact on the music industry. Ice T created Rhyme Syndicate in order to unite East and West Coast rappers, DJs and record producers. Rhyme Syndicate was known for their compilation album, Rhyme Syndicate Comin’ Through, released in 1988. Rhyme Syndicate remained active until 1992.


Alongside Charis Burrett, Ice-T co-owns a cannabis dispensary in Jersey City, New Jersey, approved by the New Jersey Cannabis Control Board. The Medicine Woman started as a California non-profit delivery service, founded by Burrett in 2015 with her husband Luke Burrett.  In Abidjan for expansion, Burret partnered with Ice T in order to bring The Medicine Woman to New Jersey. When The Medicine Woman started, they offered more than 300 products to their extensive patient network. Today, they offer more than 1,000 products, and have launched a multi-collection private label product line. The Medicine Woman is currently in the development phase of launching its 2nd brick and mortar location. This venture is part of his broader engagement in the cannabis industry, which includes social equity partnerships aimed at supporting local communities and providing employment opportunities


Final Level Entertainment is a multimedia company established by Ice-T, covering music production, distribution, and artist management. The business venture explores new sounds and collaborates with emerging talents, keeping the spirit of creativity alive. Final Level Entertainment is also involved in the production and support of film projects, ranging from documentaries to feature film; and gaming exploring video game development, voice acting, and interactive experiences. Through Final Level, Ice-T has been able to diversify his brand and reach new audiences through various entertainment platforms. Final Level Entertainment is also involved in the production of Ice T’s podcast, “Ice-T: Final Level” with his longtime friend and manager, Mick Benzo.


Ice Wear, the clothing line by Ice-T, showcases a range of menswear and accessories that merge urban style with comfort and distinctive flair. The brand reflects Ice-T’s unique aesthetic, offering pieces that stand out in any wardrobe. Among its diverse offerings, customers can find T-shirts adorned with bold graphic logos priced at $40, and plush velour jogging suits available for $125. Each item in the collection is designed to make a statement while ensuring wearers enjoy the utmost in comfort and style, embodying the essence of Ice-T’s approach to fashion.


Ice-T’s journey from the streets of South Central to Hollywood’s spotlight unfolds in his memoir, “Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption.” co-authored with Douglas Century, a Canadian-American author and journalist, revealing a tale of redemption and resilience. In “Kings of Vice,” fiction co-authored with Mal Radcliff, he explores the dark sides of power and morality. These literary works extend Ice-T’s legacy beyond music and acting, offering a raw, intimate glimpse into the soul of an undeniable cultural icon. Through each line, Ice-T cements his status not just as an entertainer, but as a profound storyteller and observer of life’s complexities.


Ice-T collaborated with Aiko Importers and Pay Up Management to launch and promote the upscale of Original Gangster XO Brandy, marking his entry into the luxury spirits market with a blend of style and sophistication. This venture showcases Ice-T’s versatility and his ability to blend artistic prowess with entrepreneurial ambition.

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