Ice Cube Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Ice Cube is an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and film producer born on June 15, 1969. He gained fame for his lyrics on N.W.A’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton which helped popularize gangsta rap. His solo albums like AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990), Death Certificate (1991), and The Predator (1992) were both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. In 2016, Ice Cube was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of N.W.A.

Originally from Los Angeles Ice Cube started his first rap group called C.I.A. in 1986. The following year he joined forces with Eazy-E and Dr. Dre to form N.W.A. where he played a significant role in shaping their music and image. Known for their controversial lyrics N.W.A. addressed issues like police brutality sparking debate and attention.

In 1989, Ice Cube left N.W.A. due to financial disputes and began his solo career collaborating with artists from New York. Alongside his music, he ventured into acting in the early 1990s. His breakthrough role was as Doughboy in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood which he also contributed to by writing its title track originally a rap song from 1987.

Ice Cube’s involvement in film expanded with the 1995 comedy Friday which he co-wrote and starred in spawning a successful movie series. He later directed his first film “The Players Club” (1998) and continued to act in various genres including comedy and action films. As of 2020, he had appeared in approximately 40 films often serving as an executive producer.

Full NameO’Shea Jackson Sr.
Date of BirthJune 15, 1969
Place of BirthLos Angeles, California, USA
OccupationRapper, Actor, Producer
Height5’7″ (172 cm)
SpouseKimberly Woodruff
ChildrenDarrell Jackson, Shareef Jackson
O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karima Jackson
Net Worth$160 million

Ice Cube’s Early Life and Education

Ice Cube Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

O’Shea Jackson was born in Los Angeles on June 15, 1969. His parents were Doris who worked at a hospital and Hosea Jackson a machinist and UCLA groundskeeper. He grew up with an older brother and had a half-sister who tragically passed away when he was 12 years old. He’s related to fellow rappers Del tha Funky Homosapien and Kam. They lived on Van Wick Street in South Los Angeles.

During ninth grade at George Washington Preparatory High School a friend named “Kiddo” challenged Cube to write raps in typewriting class which sparked his interest in rap. His stage name Ice Cube came from his older brother jokingly threatening to freeze him.

Cube also attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills a long commute from his neighborhood known for its high crime rates. Despite this, he traveled 40 miles daily to attend school there.

In 1987, Ice Cube started making local rap songs with N.W.A. and briefly studied at Phoenix Institute of Technology in Arizona for architectural drafting. He returned to Los Angeles in 1988 and continued with N.W.A. while keeping architectural drafting as a backup career.

Music career

Ice Cube Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In 1986 when Ice Cube was just 16 years old he started rapping with the group C.I.A. Shortly after he joined the new rap group N.W.A. where he became the lead rapper and wrote many of their songs, especially on their first album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988. However, due to money disagreements, he left the group in early 1990. During that year he released his first solo album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” and also helped develop another rapper named Yo-Yo.

Before all this Ice Cube and his friend Sir Jinx formed C.I.A. and performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. Dre was already part of a DJ crew called the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and Cube even helped write one of their hit songs. Together Cube and Dre also worked on a side project called Stereo Crew. Later Cube’s talent caught the attention of Eazy-E who was forming N.W.A. in Compton California.

After Cube wrote the song “Boyz-n-the-Hood” which became a hit for N.W.A. Eazy-E focused on building the group’s success. Cube was instrumental in writing lyrics for Dr. Dre and Eazy-E on N.W.A.’s debut album. But by late 1989 Cube had concerns about how much he was getting paid and how the group was being managed. This led to a legal dispute with their manager Jerry Heller which was eventually settled out of court.

In early 1990, Ice Cube launched his solo career with “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” produced by Public Enemy’s team. The album was controversial but hugely successful marking his stance on black empowerment and struggles. Cube also started his record label and helped produce Yo Yo’s debut album.

His second album “Death Certificate” released in 1991 continued to stir controversy with its strong political and social commentary. Despite the controversy, the album was a critical success and expanded Cube’s audience. His third album “The Predator” released in 1992 debuted at number one on both R&B/hip-hop and pop charts making it his most commercially successful album.

After this peak Cube’s popularity in the rap scene began to decline though he continued to collaborate with other artists throughout the early 1990s.

Ice Cube Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Ice Cube’s fourth album “Lethal Injection” came out in late 1993. He adopted the popular G-funk style made famous by Dr. Dre at the time. Critics didn’t like it much but it did well with songs like “Really Doe” “Bop Gun (One Nation)” “You Know How We Do It” and “What Can I Do?” After this album, Ice Cube saw a decline in his rap fanbase.

After “Lethal Injection” Ice Cube focused more on making movies and producing albums for other rappers like Da Lench Mob Mack 10 Mr. Short Khop and Kausion. In 1994 he reunited with Dr. Dre from their N.W.A days for the song “Natural Born Killaz” on the “Murder Was The Case” soundtrack.

In 1995, Ice Cube along with Mack 10 and WC formed the Westside Connection. They aimed to boost pride in West Coast rap feeling overlooked by the East Coast media during the rap rivalry of that time. Their first album “Bow Down” (1996) was a hit with tracks like “Bow Down” and “Gangstas Make the World Go ‘Round” going Platinum by the end of the year. There was a brief feud with rapper Common but they settled things in 1997.

Around this period Ice Cube started working with artists outside of rap. He collaborated with David Bowie and Trent Reznor on a remix of Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” in 1997. He also joined Korn for their song “Children of the Korn” and their Family Values Tour in 1998.

From 1998 to 2006, Ice Cube released his fifth and sixth albums “War & Peace Vol. 1 & 2” which featured collaborations with Dr. Dre and MC Ren. He also toured with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg on the Up in Smoke Tour in 2000.

In 2002, Ice Cube appeared on British DJ Paul Oakenfold’s album. The Westside Connection released their second album “Terrorist Threats” in 2003 which got good reviews but didn’t sell as well. The group disbanded in 2005 due to tensions over Ice Cube’s film commitments.

Net Worth

Ice Cube has an estimated net worth of $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Ice Cube’s net worth comes from his work in entertainment, particularly in music and movies. He first became famous as a rapper with the group N.W.A and then had a successful solo music career. He also earns a lot of money from acting in and producing movies. Additionally, he makes money from other business ventures, like his Big3 basketball league.

Personal life

Ice Cube Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In 1990, Ice Cube was introduced to the Nation of Islam by a colleague from his rap group Public Enemy. Although he converted to Islam he clarified that he wasn’t officially part of the Nation of Islam due to their views against white people and Jews which are considered extreme by some. However he embraced their beliefs in black nationalism a concept familiar in hip hop. Cube has described himself as a “natural Muslim” following his conscience in spiritual matters.

Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff in 1992 and they have five children together. His eldest son O’Shea Jackson Jr. portrayed him in the movie Straight Outta Compton. As a father Cube emphasizes teaching his kids to question violence in media not just in music lyrics. Through O’Shea, Ice Cube is now a grandfather.

In 2017, Ice Cube launched the Big3 basketball league featuring former NBA players. He’s a well-known fan of the Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers having supported these teams for years notably during the Raiders’ time in Los Angeles.

Regarding controversies in 1991, Cube endorsed a controversial book about the history between blacks and Jews. His album Death Certificate included a song called “No Vaseline” where he used racial slurs against former N.W.A. members and their manager Jerry Heller. Cube faced accusations of racism and anti-Semitism but stated he was focused on promoting black empowerment rather than being against any specific group.

Over the years Cube has reflected on his choices in lyrics expressing regret for using certain terms and clarifying that his criticisms were aimed at individuals, not entire racial or religious groups. Despite criticism, he maintains he’s pro-black and not anti-anyone standing by his truth and dismissing what he calls exaggerated controversy.

In 2006 Ice Cube dropped his seventh solo album “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring the hit “Why We Thugs.” He toured globally and was honored at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors. His eighth album “Raw Footage” came out in 2008 with singles like “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.”

Ice Cube continued to collaborate and perform releasing his ninth solo album “I Am the West” in 2010. The album included the single “I Rep That West” and featured production from DJ Quik and Dr. Dre.

In recent years, Ice Cube has stayed active in music and entertainment including forming the supergroup Mt. Westmore with Snoop Dogg E-40 and Too Short. He’s also touring Canada in early 2024 as part of his Straight Into Canada tour.