Physical album sales may be down, but more and more rappers are turning to the publishing world for an additional source of income and/or self-expression. After his initial foray into the literary world with Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood, Ice-T said he had the formula down and was willing to share it with his better half.
“I told her it was the same as with a record,” Ice-T told the New York Daily News. “You just get with the right producer…You write your outline and you work back and forth with the ideas and stuff.”
In this case the producers were Mal Radcliff, who co-authored Ice-T’s urban fiction work King of Vices and Laura Hayden, who splits authoring credits with Nicole “Coco” Austin on Angel. Ice-T’s novel follows Marcus “Crush” Casey, the leader of the fictional Vicetown Kings. After being betrayed by a fellow King that murdered his son, Casey must extract revenge and protect his city without running afoul of the law again. Meanwhile, Coco’s book is based on a woman rescued from a plane crash who suddenly gains the supernatural ability to channel men’s desires.
“There were numerous phone conversations,” said Coco, who added that the concept was based on a dream. “I relayed it chapter by chapter. I just talked forever.”
In addition to their recent books, Ice-T can still be found as Detective Fin Tutuola on “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.” Coco and Ice also co-star in the E! reality series “Ice Loves Coco.”