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

- In this book,

I will take you, the reader,

With me into the secret

inner world of the pimp.

I will lay bare my life

and thoughts as a pimp.

The account of my brutality

and cunning as a pimp

Will fill many of you

with revulsion.

I regret

that it is impossible

To recount to you all

of my experiences as a pimp.

Perhaps my remorse

for my ghastly life

Will diminish to the degree

That within this one book

I have been allowed

to purge myself.

- If prostitution is known

as the oldest profession,

Then pimping

is the second oldest profession.

- Right now, it's been

taken out of context,

Because mainstream has adapted

and adopted that word

And adopted

the formula of pimping

And thinkin'

they know what it is.

But pimping is a player

Sending a b*tch to the corner

to get money.

There's a fascination

With any time you don't

have to work for money.

Whoever's doing

the least amount

For some cash,

that is fascinating.

It's, like, what-

what's he do?

She does the work,

he gets-

I gotta figure out how

to get into this, you know.

- You had to know

how to control

And how to operate a stable,

How to dazzle, befuddle,

Bewitch, entrance,

And hypnotize a woman.

And not only one woman,

but eight, nine,

And to keep them

in harmonious effort.

And if you think

that isn't a job, my friend,

You ask any married man.

Iceberg slim is the name

That is synonymous

with the pimp game.

He's a writer

who lived an incredible life

And wrote books

that I grew up on.

Every single time

I talked to him,

Because he was my god.

- Runs the ladies,

has the rap,

The clothes, the jewelry,

the drugs,

Has done time.

Street cred

by the truckload.

- Iceberg slim was a guy

who actually lived the life

That he was writing about.

- Pimpmight be

my favorite book of all time.

Yeah, I checked that out.

The p-I-m-p.

Pimp had a big impact

on the game,

To give basic instructions

of how to play the game.

If was just amazing,

the thought of that.

It was just fascinating.

- He would paint

beautiful pictures

Using ugly paint, you know.

You know, he was, like,

looking around

And just finding the beauty

and the appreciation

Of wherever you are,

Be it in the ghetto

or a high class neighborhood

And showing that

it's okay to stumble,

But it's not okay to fall,

you know.

Always get back up

and you keep going.

- His books told the truth

about the life.

There was no one more eloquent

than iceberg slim,

Or no one more poetic

or more accurate

In terms of describing

where he came from.

I was in a bar,

And there was a fella

arguing with another fella.

And this fella

drew a gun

And fired at the fella.

The bullet

went through my hat.

I was full of cocaine

at the time

And I didn't react,

So my friend said,

man, you were so cool.

He says, you were icy.

And they called me

iceberg slim.

thick thighs,

but she full of surprises

I swear

this b*tch is shady

it's what I know

sex on her mind

all the time

and you think

that that's your baby

you don't know

you a good guy

that's living a lie

but she dove

and played your safety

that's what I know

if you cool

and she's satisfied

how come that b*tch

just paged me?

you don't know

- When you're dealing

with pimps and hos,

They have to look the part.

So as a kid, you know,

Some preacher walks in,

it's, like, yeah, whatever.

Some pimp walks in,

and, you know,

You could hear a church mouse

piss on the carpet

It's so quiet.

- The first stages

of my own street poisoning

Happened when I was a boy.

My mother had a beauty shop

And she catered

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