Ice-T is one of the veteran rappers of the hip-hop industry and is universally recognized for a good reason. He has recently been recognized as the 11th Hip Hop artist to receive the illustrious honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bestowed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Getting one’s own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is certainly no small feat and is a reason for celebration. On Friday, February 17, the rapper was accompanied by his wife and daughter as he celebrated the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, coinciding with his 65th birthday.
Ice-T was presented to the audience by a host of notable figures, including his Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star Mariska Hargitay, the show’s creator Dick Wolf, and rap veteran Chuck D. The likes of Ice Cube, comedian Mike Epps, and Def Jam founder Russell Simmons were also present at the event to commemorate the occasion.
According to CBS News, the unveiling ceremony took place at 7065 Hollywood Blvd., between La Brea and Sycamore avenues. Ice-T took a moment to thank his biggest motivators and offer the audience some words of inspiration.
“Last but not least… I wanna thank the m*********’ haters,” he proclaimed. “‘Cause you really make me get up in the morning and be the best I can be. All the naysayers, all the people that wanted to end my career; now I’m on the Walk of Fame, bitch ass m*********. And that’s the motivation!
“You gotta let them haters motivate you,” he continued. “If you wanna go in the gym, go on the YouTube, see somebody talking shit about you, then go get your reps in, you understand what I’m sayin’? If it wasn’t for the haters, I definitely wouldn’t have pulled this off, I swear to God! Thank you SO much, Imma give you so much more to hate in the future, trust me.”
Ice-T’s star is the 2,747th to be included on the Walk of Fame, which was established in 1961 with an initial 1,558 stars. He joins an exclusive group of rap artists that includes Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, LL COOL J, Diddy, Ice Cube, Pharrell, Missy Elliott, and Queen Latifah, who have all received this recognition to date.
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