O’Shea Jackson is an American rapper, actress, producer, director, and writer, commonly known by his stage name, Ice Cube. He was initially popular as a member of the hip hop group C.I.A. in 1986. Before N.W.A. was founded the group achieved limited commercial success. The rapper formed the N.W.A group together with Dr. Dre and Eazy E, where he gained extreme notoriety as the primary songwriter and performer of the group, noted for becoming one of the founding artists of gangsta rap and pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in popular mainstream music, as well as visual imagery in music videos.
Caption: O’Shea Jackson
As a businessman, Jackson has created its clothing line, Solo by Cube, as well as the Big3 3 on 3 basketball league, which features predominantly retired NBA players.
Ice Cube: Early life, education, and family
O’Shea Jackson was born on 15 June 1969 in Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, the son of Doris, a clerk and custodian in the hospital, and Hosea Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at UCLA and as a machinist. His cousin is Teren Delvon Jones, (Del the Funky Homosapien), is a member of the rap group Hieroglyphics. Jones has also collaborated with Gorillaz, another cousin is Kam of the rap group The Warzone. Jackson grew up in South Central Los Angeles, on Van Wick Avenue.
Caption: O’Shea Jackson
Jackson developed an interest in hip hop music in his early teens, and began writing raps in the Keyboard Class of the Los Angeles George Washington Preparatory High School, Jackson wrote his first ninth-grade rap song after a friend named “Kiddo” challenged him to write a song during a typewriting class. Lost Kiddo. On the origins of his rapper name, Jackson that it came from his older brother. I just started using that name, and it just caught on”.
At 16, Jackson sold his first album to Eazy-E, a future member of the N.W.A. In Woodland Hills, California, Jackson also attended the William Howard Taft High School. He graduated in the fall of 1987 in Arizona, at the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Likewise, he was passionate about architecture and he studied drafting design. Within a year he completed his diploma and returned to Los Angeles. Jackson founded the C.I.A. with friend Sir Jinx, and they played at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. As a leader of World Class Wreckin ‘ Cru Dre soon entered the recording industry.
Ice Cube: Career and achievements
In 1987, the rapper released Dr. Dre and his group C.I.A recorded the song “My Posse.” After the collaboration, Ice Cube showed Eazy-E the lyrics to “Boyz-n-the-Hood.” Though initially rejecting the lyrics, Eazy-E eventually recorded the song for N.W.A. and the Posse, the N.W.A. group debut album that also included Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. The rapper is the only N.W.A member not from Compton, California.
By this point, the artist, along with Dr. Dre and MC Ren, was a full-time member of N.W.A. Ice Cube has composed the rhymes of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E for the band’s seminal album, Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988. Nevertheless, towards the end of 1989, after refusing the contract terms offered by Heller, Jackson found itself at odds with the group’s founder, Jerry Heller.
Ice Cube released his first solo album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, with the Bomb Squad in New York in the early 1990s. It released in May 1990 and was a success, riding and contributing immediately to the rising tide of the popularity of rap in mainstream society. However, many accused the song and charged with misogyny and racism. Ice Cube subsequently appointed rapper Yo-Yo to the head of his own record label, helping to produce her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode.
In November 1992 Ice Cube released its third album, The Predator. In the first track, “Wicked,” referring specifically to the Los Angeles riots of that year, he raped “April 29 was a power for the people, and we could just see a sequel.” The Predator debuted on both the pop charts and R&B charts at number one, the first album to do so in history. “It was a good day” and “Test Yo Self” were singles from The Predator, and the songs had a two-part music video. The album was generally well-received by critics and remains commercially his most successful release. The album sold more than three million copies in the USA. Nevertheless, Ice Cube’s rap following declined after The Predator.
Ice Cube released their ninth solo album, I Am the West, on September 28, 2010. The album featured the “I Rep The West” song, It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #22 and sold 22,000 copies during its first week. In September 2012, as part of Pepsi’s NFL Anthems, promotion Ice Cube launched his second anthem for the Oakland Raiders, “Come and Get It.”
In 2012 Ice Cube released a verse from ICP’s The Mighty Death Pop for a cover of the Insane Clown Posse single “Chris Benoit!” Album, shown on Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium album. Ice Cube had released more details on his upcoming 10th studio album titled Everythang’s Corrupt in 2012 as well. A music video released on the day before the USA Election 2012, for the album’s first single of the same name. Ice Cube explained the inspiration and reason for the song saying, “You know, this album is for the political heads. For me, this is more a leak at the right time, to release it in time. We could have dropped a more catchy tune, but the time wasn’t right.
Caption: The rapper wins big at the All Def awards
After a long break after “Crowded,” Ice Cube dropped a new single off Everythang’s Corrupt. On 11 February 2014, the music video for the new single was released. For his forthcoming single Drop Woman, the rapper will release a new Music Video featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz, directed by Will Kindrick. The video was released on 22 July 2014 by the rapper to his Club Banger Drop Girl featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz.
Ice Cube: Personal life and girlfriend
Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff on 26 April 1992, with whom he has four kids. His son, O’Shea Jr., portrayed him in Straight Outta Compton, a biopic depicting the career of N.W.A. When asked what he does about profanity to his kids, he remembered telling his kids there are “appropriate times to use any kind of language.
Caption: Jackson with his family
Jackson is also the cousin of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien who began writing for Jackson’s Da Lench Mob party. With the aid of Cube Del released his debut album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here at the age of 18. The rapper converted to Islam in the mid-1990s and was associated with the Nation of Islam at that time, though he denies being a part of it ever.
Ice Cube: Net Worth and social media
As of 2019, Ice Cube’s net worth is around $160 million, and he is one of the world’s richest rappers. Similarly, just like most successful people, the rapper began with humble beginnings and learned to diversify as his career advanced.
Talking about his availability on social media, he is available on Instagram by the name icecube with 15.6 million followers. Besides, he is also available on Twitter by the name, icecube and has almost 5 million followers.
Ice Cube: Body measurements
Ice Cube weighs around 88 kg and is 1.73 m tall. The size of the rapper’s shoe is not available. The rapper is considered to have a comparatively large frame.