Rapper Ice-T is planning a new reality show and book with his wife and model Coco, titled Beauty in The Beast.
According to Coco, the pair will shoot a pilot for the reality series next month.
“Guess who’s the beauty and who’s the beast?” Ice-T jokingly said to AllHipHop.com. Beauty in The Beast will focus on the duo’s relationship, while offering the couple’s unique take on what it takes to maintain a relationship.
“Some women just have a knack for wanting the most rowdiest men,” Ice-T told AllHipHop.com. “There’s a way to get us. If you got a pitbull, as long as you feed it and take care of it, that pitbull is gonna lick your hand. So when someone says ‘yo coco, Ice sis a pitbull, she can say, ‘yeah, but he’s my pitbull.’”
“Being with Ice-T is a 24-hour job,” Coco said. “From when you wake up until you go to bed, you’re dealing with ‘Ice-T.”
Ice-T admitted that being the wife of a critically acclaimed, world renowned gangster rapping actor was no easy feat.
“People asked Coco, ‘well damn, why did you step to this kind of character like that, but I was impressed she had the balls to come at a cat like me.”
Coco, born Nicole Austin, said the Beauty in The Beast concept developed out of her quest to find a perfect match.
“I needed that challenge. I just wanted a real guy, not one of those nerdy, dorky men,” Coco told AllHipHop.com. “I just wanted a real guy with some swagger. It’s been seven years now.”
While fans wait for Ice-T’s reality show debut, they can catch the gangsta rap pioneer as Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on NBC’s long-running hit series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
According to Ice-T, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a stepping to stone to another chapter in his 23-plus career in television and film, which began with a cameo appearance in the 1984 film, Breakin’.
“Nine years on Law and Order, who would have thought? I went on I [originally] went on the show to do four episodes,” Ice-T revealed. “I just thank god, because I am on NBC. And for a brother to be on NBC, that’s not no bullshit acting right there. I am dealing with academy award winners. Hopefully when this comes to an end, I’ll be able to direct. i will have been school enough that I can take it to that next level to direct, produce and maybe write. Expand. right now I feel like I am in college. I’m on one of the best TV shows ever.”
And while Ice-T is hoping for success with his latest TV venture, he does not intend to veer away from his day job as a regular on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
“Everybody in the business tells me ‘nigga do not get off that show. You better stay on there.’ It’s a good job and they let me be me.”