Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes

Produced by rap legend Ice-T, ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP documents the storied life of the late Robert Beck, a reformed pimp turned African American literature icon. Beck spent his early days split between prison and the ghettos of Chicago where he committed petty crimes, pimped prostitutes, and fed a severe drug addiction. After serving a stretch in solitary confinement, he decided he'd had enough and retired from the game at 42. In 1969 he recounted his experiences in the book "Pimp: The Story of My Life," which poetically detailed the bleak realities of the criminal underground. He went on to write several critically-acclaimed books, one of which (Trick Daddy) was adapted for film. This fascinating documentary explores how Beck's troubled childhood affected his decision to start pimping at 18 and how he struggled to separate from his past long after he gave it up. The film also focuses on his incredible influence on modern culture, featuring an impressive list of guests, including Ice-T, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, and Katt Williams. – E.F.

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Director Bio
Jorge Hinojosa is a producer and director from Los Angeles, California. For the last 28 years, he has managed the career of hip-hop artist and actor Ice-T. Together they formed the production company Final Level Entertainment in 2010. Hinojosa is also the Executive Producer of Ice-T's reality show, Ice Loves Coco.

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