Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918 – 1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books.

These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail. Taking “Iceberg Slim” as an assumed name, Robert Lee Maupin, born in Chicago on August 4, 1918 started pimping at 18, and continued to be engaged in human trafficking until age 42, in 1960, after a final ten month prison stretch in solitary confinement. At that point, he chose to make money off trafficking by writing about it instead and became a cultural icon. Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg and Quincy Jones. Q&A guest panelists include director Jorge Hinojosa and editor/Producer Danny Bresnik.


The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West is a project of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.



This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.