Hot List Hits and Misses: Ice-T the Actor and Enuff Z'Nuff

December 3, 2008 4:29 PM ET

The Hot List has been a Rolling Stone tradition since 1986. All this week, Rock Daily takes a look back at the people and trends that stayed smoking and the ones that cooled off. Today, we visit 1990.

Hot Hit: Ice-T the actor. Having already dropped the gangsta classic Power and introduced the world to his metal band Body Count, Ice-T took on Hollywood in '91 when he appeared as Scotty Appleton in Mario Van Peebles' New Jack City. The 1991 Hot List praised T's performance as an actor; 17 years later, it's strange to think of Ice-T as anybody but a guy who is constantly on television as Detective Fin Tutuola on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. While he has continued to make records, the man born Tracy Marrow has acquitted himself excellently as a thespian.

Hot Miss: Enuff Z'Nuff. In a year where everybody thinks about the imapact of Nevermind, Enuff Z'Nuff represented hair metal's last gasp. While the Enuff boys were certainly more melodic and song-oriented than their glammy peers and their 1991 album Strength is a fine collection of tunes, the band was washed away from the collective consciousness a few months later with the release of Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion albums and the onset of grunge. The recently reformed Z'Nuff performed at this year's Rocklahoma Festival.

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Album Review: Enuff Z'Nuff, Strength
Album Review: Ice-T, OG: Original Gangster
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