Born Tracy Marrow, he is an iconic rapper and founder of the heavy metal band, Body Count, which released the controversial track "Cop Killer" in 1992. Despite the anti-police message of his most infamous song he went on to portray a police officer in the long running NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He has starred in such films as Surviving The Game and Judgment Day and his his 1987 debut album Rhyme Pays was the first hip hop album to have an explicit content sticker featured on it.
He starred in the film Judgement Day with Edward Furlong.
He was raised by his father and his father's housekeeper after the death of his mother.
He married swimsuit model Nicole Austin, also known as 'Coco Marie' on December 31, 2005. He has a daughter named Letesha and a son named Tracy.