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Who is Ice Cube?

by Ratan Srivastava
Ice Cube

Ice Cube is indeed an American rapper, actor, as well as filmmaker whose real name is O’Shea Jackson Sr. His lyrics on N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988, helped to popularise gangsta rap, as well as his political rap solo albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990), Death Certificate (1991), as well as the Predator, were critically and financially successful. Ever since the early 1990s, he too has pursued a cinematic career. As a member of N.W.A, he got inducted into the Rock as well as Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jackson, a Los Angeles native, created his first rap group, C.I.A., in 1986. Ice Cube created the groundbreaking gangsta rap group N.W.A. alongside Eazy-E and Dr Dre in 1987. He wrote some of Dre’s and most of Eazy’s lyrics on Straight Outta Compton, a seminal album that helped define West Coast hip hop’s early identity and distinguished it from East Coast rap.

N.W.A was indeed notorious for its menacing songs, which threatened to harm both aggressive cops and innocent bystanders, causing controversy. Cube departed N.W.A in late 1989, joining up with New York musicians and establishing a solo rap career, following a monetary disagreement between Eazy-E and Jerry Heller so over the group’s administration.

Ice Cube made his film debut as Doughboy in director John Singleton’s feature debut, Boyz n the Hood, a 1991 drama based on such an Ice Cube-penned rap song from 1987. Ice Cube also acted in there and co-wrote the 1995 comedy picture Friday, which launched a profitable series and transformed his image into a bankable movie star. The Players Club, which he directed in 1998, was his directorial debut. He has appeared in approximately 40 movies since about 2020, such as the 1999 military comedy Three Kings, family comedies such as the Barbershop series, and buddy cop comedies 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street.

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