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By People Staff
Updated April 29, 1999 12:00 AM
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Rapper Ice-T, who built a rap reputation on his gangster past, says a life of crime isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Crime is glamorous until you get caught,” the rapper said. “You had the best clothes, the best cars but you always ended up dead or in the pen. I said to myself, `I can’t go to jail. I’m too fly for that.’ So I started thinking of an alternative way out.” A former gang member and pimp, he got into rap music after spending four years in the U.S. Army. “When I was in the gang, I would do these raps for them,” Ice-T told students at the University of Toledo. “I was like the U.S.O. for the gangs and kept them laughing.”