Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson 15.06.1969) Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor and record producer and movie director. He is best known for being considered a founding member of gangsta rap.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Ice Cube has a net worth of 140 million USD.
Childhood: Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, California, to Doris and Hosea Jackson. He studied at William Howard Taft Charter High School in Los Angeles. Inspired by hip hop music from an early age, Ice Cube began writing his own raps during classes at school. When he was 12, his half-sister was killed by her boyfriend in a murder/suicide. Ice Cube met a 19-year-old Dr. Dre in 1984. In 1987, Ice Cube attended Phoenix Institute of Technology where he studied architectural drafting.
Career: In 1987, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre teamed up to make the rap group Cru' in Action! or C.I.A. and released the single 'My Posse'. Ice Cube then wrote the song 'Boyz-n-the-Hood' for rapper Eazy-E, who later joined Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, along with MC Ren and DJ Yella to form the group N.W.A. The group then released their debut studio album, 'Straight Outta Compton', on 8th August, 1988. The album was cited as the birth of the 'gangster rap' genre. Ice Cube fell out with the group's manager and left, although as he had written most of the music for both N.W.A. and Eazy-E's debut solo album, he took legal action against the manager and record label. In 1989, Ice Cube began recording his critically acclaimed debut solo album, 'AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted'. The album was released in May, 1990, as was his 'Kill at Will' EP, which became the first ever hip hop EP to go platinum. The following year, Ice Cube released his second solo album, 'Death Certificate', which was seen by many as a controversial album for it's racist and anti-Semitic messages. In 1992, Ice Cube released his most successful album, 'The Predator', which took cues from the second film in the 'Predator' franchise and the Los Angeles riots from the same year; the album became double platinum. 1994 saw Ice Cube reunite with Dr. Dre for the duet song 'Natural Born Killaz'. In 1996, Ice Cube worked with WC and Mack 10 on the group Westside Connection, and they released the album 'Bow Down' in the same year; 'Bow Down' had become a certified platinum record by 1997. Ice Cube worked on a number of solo projects, including 1998's 'War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)', 2000's 'War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)', 2006's 'Laugh Now, Cry Later', 2008's 'Raw Footage', 2010's 'I Am the West' and 2015's 'Everythang's Corrupt'.
Personal Life: On 26th April, 1992, Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff. The couple had four children: O'Shea, Jr., Darryl, Kareema, and Sharif. : O'Shea, Jr. and Darryl became the rappers OMG and Doughboy, and both featured on Ice Cube's 2010 album, 'I Am the West'.
After winning the Best New Festival Award in 2015, Wild Life was back at Brighton City Airport to now showcase and cement its date in the festival calendar as a major player. To do this, it would need to go one better, bring in something neoteric and exhilarating, whilst also landing some grand-musical heavyweights. They arrived in the form of grime's latest stars Stormzy and Skepta, American vets Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, and pop artists Bastille.
It was the former N.W.A lyricist who had the crowd trembling at his figure tips though. Supported by no more than his son (not O'Shea Jackson who plays his father in Straight Outta Compton), Ice Cube was the penultimate act on Sunday's main stage and stole the show. The set of the weekend, despite co-curators Disclosure and Rudimental headlining the festival for successive years.
With both Stormzy and Skepta having tracks appear ubiquitously over all radio stations, this was their moment to shine, their moment under the spotlight. They appeared on the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively and both seemed to revere their audience from the first moment, with Stormzy indicating it was the biggest and best crowd he had every performed at - it probably was for Skepta too.
Continue reading: Wild Life Festival 2016 - Live Review
Their Coachella reunion took us right back.
In the wake of the first reunion of the surviving members of N.W.A. in more than 25 years at Coachella, it's time to reflect on an album that prominently changed the face of rap forever. You probably saw the 2015 biopic of the same name, but when was the last time you listened to the record?
NWA are rap pioneers
N.W.A. were a group of pioneering Compton rappers including Dr Dre and Ice Cube that may have invoked controversy with the explicit content of their lyrics, but nonetheless became the inspiration for almost every single rapper to come after them despite only ever releasing two albums.
Continue reading: Album Of The Day: 'Straight Outta Compton' By N.W.A.
The hip hop show of the year.
Ice Cube said he had some tricks up his sleeve for Coachella 2016, but no-one was expecting all this. The rapper managed to reunite with all surviving NWA members, including Dr Dre, on stage at the festival in Indio, California as well as introduce some very special additional guests.
NWA are reunited at Coachella 2016
Say what you like about rappers, but there's a tight bond between stars in the hip hop world - be it a bond of beef or a bond of brotherhood, and Ice Cube was certainly displaying the latter at Coachella's second weekend.
Simmons had previously said he was looking forward to the death of rap.
Kiss member Gene Simmons has responded to N.W.A., after he was called out by the rap group during their induction speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The beef between the bassist and the Compton group all started last month when Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine he was ‘looking forward to the death of rap.’
Gene Simmons has responded to N.W.A.’s Hall of Fame comments.
"I am looking forward to the death of rap,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”
Continue reading: Gene Simmons Hits Back At N.W.A. Over Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Speech
The Kiss bassist had said he was “looking forward to the death of rap.”
The remaining members of group N.W.A. became the newest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, after being inducted by rapper Kendrick Lamar. The group used their speech to thank their fans and pay tribute to the late Eazy-E, but they also took the opportunity to call out Gene Simmons for his recent comments on rap music.
N.W.A. have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Last month the Kiss bassist had told Rolling Stone: "I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”
The film’s marketing team created tailored trailers for Facebook users, depending on their race.
N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton used a unique marketing tactic to promote the movie on Facebook, creating different trailers for different races. Speaking at South by Southwest, Universal’s EVP of digital marketing, Doug Neil, and Facebook’s entertainment head, Jim Underwood, described the ‘customised racial marketing’ they used to promote the biopic, which became a box office hit last year.
Straight Outta Compton used different trailers for different races on Facebook.
Neil said that during the promotion of the film, they embarked on a ‘specialised Facebook marketing effort’ which was led by Universal’s ‘multicultural team’ in conjunction with its Facebook team.
After the success of the inaugural Wild Life Festival last year, it is unsurprisingly back again with a line up boasting some huge names.
Mimicking the variety of 2015, the festival curators have specifically chosen a festival bill that amalgamates all genres of music, appealing to musical fans of all ages and all walks of life.
Joining the headliners will be hip hop heavyweight veterans Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, showcasing how rap is done on the west coast, whilst Stormzy and Skepta will represent the London's rap and grime scene down on the south coast.
Continue reading: Rudimental And Disclosure Return For Wild Life Festival 2016
Hart says there was never any 'bad energy' on set.
When they made the first Ride Along two years ago, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube found an unusual bond as collaborators. "Literally there wasn't a day that we stepped on set with any bad energy," Hart says. "It was a positive vibe: I'm making his day better, he's making my day better. You're really looking at a partnership, two guys who leave all egos at the door and say, 'I got you.' It's a give and take relationship and I think it shows in the movie."
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube team up once again in Ride Along 2
So after the first film became a hit, they had the chance to get together again. "Me and Cube picked up where we left off," Hart says of making Ride Along 2. "With the first film, we made what we set out to do, which was a quality buddy action cop comedy with a hint of romance. So we thought since we had such a great template why not build on it? Why not come back and gain more success off of what we did the first time? And also there's such a good group of people involved - from the studio to the director, producers and actors."
Continue reading: For Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2 Was About Having Fun
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following up their lacklustre 2014 action-comedy with a film that's even lazier. While the first one at least had a sense of pacing, with humour that sometimes tipped from idiotic to mildly funny, this movie wastes its cast and premise on a series of witless action sequences, dopey slapstick and contrived relational touches. It's only watchable because Hart is able to make the most undemanding audience members chuckle now and then.
After proving that his video-gaming skills were useful in police work, Ben (Hart) has completed police academy and is working as a rookie, shadowing tough-guy detective James (Cube), whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is marrying Ben in just a week. But before that happens, James and Ben head to Miami to follow a lead in a drug case they're working on. Alongside local tough-girl detective Maya (Olivia Munn), they track down a hacker (Ken Jeong) who has proof that local philanthropist Antonio (Benjamin Bratt) is actually a notorious global black market dealer. To prove that, they have to dive into a series of car and boat chases, plus heists and shootouts that never seem to go the way anyone expects.
The underlying story is exactly the same as the first film: James is trying to prove that Ben is an idiot, while he is actually softening James' rough edges. The difference here is that they know each other a bit better, so are more effective at getting under each others' skin. This means that they're even less likeable than before, and even Hart's non-stop comical chatter is more annoying than it is amusing. There are moments when Hart adds a tiny detail that elicits a smile from viewers, and some of his physical antics are so ridiculous that it's difficult not to giggle, but most of that is simply because it's unbelievable that the filmmakers thought any of this was genuinely funny.
Continue reading: Ride Along 2 Review
The group's living members will reportedly take the stage at the festival, but will there be an Eazy-E hologram?
N.W.A. are set to reunite at this year’s Coachella festival, according to former member Ice Cube. The rapper is listed as performing at the festival as a solo artist, but has said he’s going to try and bring the members of N.W.A. together, to give the crowd a 'history lesson'.
Ice Cube has said N.W.A. will reunite at Coachella.
"I've got some tricks up my sleeves,” Ice Cube said. “I'm going to try to bring the members of NWA together. Give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and NWA, West Side Connection, everything I've been doing over the years.”
Continue reading: N.W.A To Reunite For This Year's Coachella Festival
Date of birth
15th June, 1973
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