Iceburg Slim : Broadway Sam
On Reflections, released in 1976, pimp-turned-bestselling author Iceberg Slim read passages from his crude autobiography Pimp: The Story of My Life , over a funky backing track. The book sold six million copies, making Sim one of the best selling African American authors of all time. Iceberg Slim, named for his ability to keep cool in any crisis, inspired Eddie Murphy's Velvet Jones character as well as future rappers like Ice Cube, Ice T and Snoop Dogg. Merely a curiosity.