Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Synopsis: Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones.
Director(s): Jorge Hinojosa
Production: Phase 4 Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

to a colony

Of black hookers and pimps.

And these fellas

would be decked out

In all their finery

with all the diamonds

And all the rest of it,

and of course their women.

- A pimp

was held in regard,

Like an athlete

or entertainer.

He wasn't like an advocate

of peace or violence.

He was more of less

like a hero.

- A pimp is judged

by his flash.

You know what I mean?

His cadillac, his house,

his jewelry,

His clothes.

That's how you size up

a pimp economy.

- Well groomed,

smelled good.

You know, everything,

'cause you're trying

to outmatch this female.

You want that woman

to look at you

And say this is the finest man

I've ever seen.

- I mean,

immaculate dresser.

I mean, hair coiffed.

Brand new cadillac

every year.

When you're a kid, you know,

If somebody had a brand new

cadillac every year,

He was something.

- And that was the first time

that I was impressed.

Because you must remember,

Back in those days,

if you were black.

Your opportunities

were so narrow.

- A black person

born during that time,

What you were dealing with

was almost beyond words.

Those race riots in chicago

Started because a black kid

Swam into an area

that was whites only.

- Since the time when

she was six months pregnant,

My father had begun

to show his true colors.

After my birth,

he got worse

And had the stupid gall

to suggest to mama

That I be put on

a catholic church doorstep.

Mama naturally refused,

So he hurled me

against the wall in disgust.

I survived it

and he left us.

- He came from

a single parent home.

His mom, you know,

by hook or by crook,

She needed to put food

on the table, you know,

And to put food

on the table,

She had to be out and about

in the world to do so.

And it was just unfortunate,

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