Poet Black Ice began spreading his words of revolution back in 1993 when he was known as Lamar Manson. A captivating performer with a pro-family, anti-establishment message, Black Ice worked Philadelphia’s coffeehouse and poetry slam circuit hard, earning a loyal local following along the way. Black Ice is a prolific artist, whose stage performances bridge the gap between hip-hop and poetry.
Circa 1993, Black Ice’s spellbinding presence, combined with writing that speaks to the common man, helped to bring poetry out of the coffee houses and into the mainstream, simultaneously creating a career as a dynamic performer whose talents proliferate television, radio and theater.
At a gig in New York City, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons caught his act and the poet’s quest for nationwide recognition kicked into overdrive.
It was 2004 when he made his breakthrough into hip-hop, appearing on projects by Method Man (“Tical 0: The Prequel”), Pete Rock (“Soul Survivor II”) and Fabolous (“Real Talk”). In 2006, he teamed with producer and drummer Eric “Booty” Greene to release his debut album, The Death of Willie Lynch, on the Koch label (now E1 Entertainment). That same summer, he opened for R&B superstar Mary J. Blige on her World Tour.
Black Ice, has lent his genius to the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, and has made feature TV appearances on BET’s Live 8 Concert Special, Rap City the Basement and 106th & Park and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo.
In addition to starring in five consecutive seasons of HBOs Def Poetry Jam,
The New York Post has rated his live performance “Diamond Brilliant”.
Black Ice was cast as a lead member in Def Poetry on Broadway,
which went on to win the
2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
You can visit Black Ice online at his official website here