16th February Birthdays today: Ice – T, Lupe Fiasco, Dave Lombardo, James Ingram

Ice-T

From Wikipedia
Ice-T
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in Manhattan on set of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in March 2011.
Background information
Birth name Tracy Marrow
Also known as Ice-T
Born February 16, 1958 (age 55)[1]
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Origin CrenshawLos Angeles,California, U.S.
Genres Hip hopWest Coast hip hop,gangsta rapcrossover thrash
Occupations Musician, rapper, actor, CEO, record producer, screenwriter, author
Instruments Vocals, samplerturntables
Years active 1982–present (rapping)
1984–present (acting)
Labels SaturnSirePriorityRhyme Syndicate
Associated acts Afrika Islam, Body Count,Beastie BoysLow Profile,Quincy JonesEazy-ETupac ShakurDonald DEvil E
Website www.icetfinallevel.com[2]
Notable instruments
Roland TR-808E-mu SP-1200

Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American rapper, singer and actor. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles when he was in the 8th grade. Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow’s music career started with the band of the singing group, The Precious Few of Crenshaw High School. Tracy and his group opened the show, dancing to a live band. The singers were Thomas Barnes, Ronald Robinson and Lapekas Mayfield.

After graduating from high school, he served in the United States Army for four years. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s and was signed to Sire Records in 1987, when he released his debut album Rhyme Pays, the first hip-hop album to carry an explicit content sticker. The next year, he founded the record label Rhyme Syndicate Records (named after his collective of fellow hip-hop artists called the ‘Rhyme Syndicate’) and released another album, Power.

He co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced in his 1991 album O.G.: Original Gangster. Body Count released its self-titled debut album in 1992. Ice-T encountered controversy over his track “Cop Killer“, which was perceived to glamorize killing police officers. Ice-T asked to be released from his contract with Warner Bros. Records, and his next solo album, Home Invasion, was released later in February 1993 through Priority Records. Body Count’s next album was released in 1994, and Ice-T released two more albums in the late 1990s. Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Lupe Fiasco

From Wikipedia
Lupe Fiasco
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Lupe Fiasco in 2012
Background information
Birth name Wasalu Muhammad Jaco
Born February 16, 1982 (age 31)
Chicago, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapperproducer, songwriter
Instruments Vocalskeyboards
Years active 1999–present
Labels Atlantic, 1st & 15th Entertainment
Associated acts All City Chess ClubChild Rebel SoldierB.o.BJapanese CartoonMatthew Santos, Pooh Bear
Website www.lupefiasco.com

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (/ˈlp/ loo-pay), is an American rapperrecord producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the chief executive officer of 1st and 15th Entertainment.

Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity and misogyny. After adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his father’s basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor on the label, which received three Grammy nominations. He released his second album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single “Superstar” peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. After a two-year delay,Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews, with lead single “The Show Goes On” peaking at number 9 on the chart. Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 was released in September 2012.

In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly; he has designed sneakers for Reebok. He has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in both interviews and his music.

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Dave Lombardo

From Wikipedia
Dave Lombardo
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Dave Lombardo live
Background information
Birth name David Lombardo
Born February 16, 1965 (age 48)
HavanaCubaCuba
Genres Thrash metalspeed metalheavy metaldeath metalgroove metal,avant-garde metal
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1979–present
Labels American
Associated acts Slayer, Philm, Grip Inc.Fantômas,TestamentApocalyptica,Voodoocult

David “Dave” Lombardo (born February 16, 1965, in HavanaCuba) is a Cuban American drummer and a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. He performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their groundbreaking[1] 1986 release Reign In Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise.[2] Lombardo’s music career has spanned more than 25 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 29 commercial recordings extending over a number of genres with bands such as Grip Inc.Fantômas, Philm, and Testament in addition to Slayer.[3]

Lombardo is most widely known as a very aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer. His use of the drums have been called “astonishingly innovative”[4] and earned him the title “the godfather of double bass” from Drummer World. Over his career, he has had a significant influence on the metal scene and has inspired many modern metal drummers, particularly within both thrash metal and death metal

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James Ingram

From Wikipedia
James Ingram
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Ingram with Dave Koz in 2007
Background information
Born February 16, 1952 (age 61)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres R&Bcrossover jazzpopsmooth soulquiet storm
Occupations Musiciansongwriterrecord producer,
Instruments Vocalspianokeyboardsguitarbass guitar,drums
Years active 1973–present
Labels QwestIntering
Associated acts Ray CharlesQuincy JonesMichael McDonald
Website jamesingramsmusic.com

James Edward Ingram (born February 16, 1952)[1] is an American singer–songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram has charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well as thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In addition, he charted 22 hits on the Adult Contemporary chart (including two number 1s). He had two number-1 singles on the Hot 100: the first, a duet with fellow R&B artist Patti Austin, 1982’s “Baby, Come to Me” topped the U.S. pop chart in 1983; “I Don’t Have the Heart“, which became his second number 1 in 1990 was his only number 1 as a solo artist. In between this period he also recorded the song “Somewhere Out There” with fellow recording artistLinda Ronstadt for the animated film An American Tail. The song and the music video both became gigantic hits. Ingram co-wrote singer Patty Smyth‘s “The Day I Fall In Love”, from the motion picture Beethoven’s 2nd (1993), and “Look What Love Has Done”, from the motion picture Junior (1994), which earned him nominations for Best Original Song from the OscarsGolden Globe, and Grammy Awards in 1994 and 1995.

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