Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, California, United States
Claim to Fame
N.W.A., Boyz N the Hood
Gangsta Rap, West Coast Rap, Golden Age, G-Funk, Hardcore Rap
Angry, Bitter, Confident, Provocative, Brash, Harsh, Volatile, Rebellious, Visceral, Reckless, Street-Smart, Fiery, Confrontational, Angst-Ridden, Rowdy, Outrageous, Energetic, Malevolent, Nihilistic, Rambunctious, Raucous
Producer, Soundtrack, Actor/Actress
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William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA
Full Name at Birth
O`Shea Jackson Sr.
Brown - Dark
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O'Shea Jackson, Sr. (born June 15, 1969), better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon the films in which he portrayed the main character.
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Music Genre (Text)
Hip hop, Gangsta Rap
Rapper, actor, record producer, screenwriter, film producer, director
Ruthless Records (1986–1990) Priority (1987–2004), Lench Mob (2006–present), EMI (2006–present)
N.W.A, C.I.A., Da Lench Mob, Westside Connection, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg
Music Genre (Text)
Gangsta Rap, Political Hip Hop, G-funk
Ruthless Records, Priority, Lench Mob, Emi
2Pac, Ice-T, The Game, Korn, 2 Chainz
Profile Bio Text
O'Shea Jackson, Sr. (born June 15, 1969), known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet? both of which are based upon films in which he portrayed the main character.
Ice Cube is noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper; his lyrics are often political or socio-political, as well as violent and aggressive, and he is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap. He was ranked #8 on MTV's list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, while fellow rapper Snoop Dogg ranked Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time. AllMusic has called him one of hip-hop's best and most controversial artists, as well as "one of rap's greatest storytellers". In 2012, The Source ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. In 2014, About.com ranked him No. 11 on their list of the "50 Greatest MCs of All Time".
O'Shea Jackson was born on June 15, 1969 in Los Angeles, in the South Central area, the son of Doris, a hospital clerk and custodian, and Hosea Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at UCLA. He has an elder brother, as well as a half-sister who was killed when Ice Cube was 12. His cousin is Teren Delvon Jones, also known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien, who is a part of the rap group Hieroglyphics and who has also worked with Gorillaz; and Kam of rap group The Warzone. In his early teens, Ice Cube developed an interest in hip hop music, and began writing raps in George Washington Preparatory High School's Los Angeles keyboarding class. He attended the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987, and studied architectural drafting. With friend Sir Jinx, Ice Cube formed the C.I.A., and they performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. Dre soon entered the recording industry as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru. Dre saw Cube's potential as a writer and had him assist with writing Wreckin Cru's big L.A. hit track, "Cabbage Patch" as well as joining Cube on a side partnership which the duo called Stereo Crew. Stereo Crew produced a twelve-inch record, "She's a Skag" released on Epic Records in 1986.
Whilst Dr. Dre was DJing at L.A. dance club Eve After Dark, Ice Cube would rap over his music, often parodying songs by other artists. One such example of this was the song "My Penis," a parody of Run-DMC's "My Adidas." In a 2015 interview, club-owner Alonzo Williams said that he felt that this song damaged his reputation and asked for it not to be performed.
On April 26, 1992, he married Kimberly Woodruff, with whom he has four children: O'Shea, Jr. (b. February 24, 1991), Darrell (b. December 29, 1992), Kareema (b. February 17, 1994), and Shareef (b. November 27, 1995).
A father of four, Ice Cube was asked in January 2005 on NPR by Fresh Air's Terry Gross if he allowed his children to listen to his music, he responded: "What's worked for me is instilling in my kids a level of self-respect," helping them to understand the content of not just music but the violence found on the evening news. When asked what he tells his children about profanity, he recalled telling his kids that there are "appropriate times to use any kind of language... Adults should never hear you use these words. If you want to use these words around your friends, that's really on you."
Two of his sons (O'Shea, Jr. and Darrell) are also rappers under the names OMG and Doughboy and were featured on his album I Am the West.
Jackson is also the cousin of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien who started his career writing for Jackson's group Da Lench Mob. With Cube's help Del released his debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here when he was only 18.
In the mid-1990s, Ice Cube converted to Islam, and was associated at that time with the Nation of Islam, though he disputes ever being a part of it. He does not regularly attend services at a mosque.
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