Ice Cube is an American Rapper. Ice Cube is a rapper turned into an actor. He first started gaining fame and popularity as a member of the legendary rap group “NWA”. He is popularly recognized for his roles in the films Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop, 21 Jump Street, Ride Along, and Are We There Yet? and many more.
Table of Biography
Birth Facts and Education
Ice Cube was born on June 15, 1969, in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, California, the United States of America. He is 52 years old and is under the astrological sign, Gemini. He holds American nationality and his real name is O’Shea Jackson Sr.
His father’s name is Doris Jackson and his mother’s name is Hosea Jackson. Likewise, Cube’s father is a hospital clerk and custodian whereas his mother is a machinist and UCLA groundskeeper. He also has an older brother but his name is unknown and had a half-sister who was murdered when Cube was 12 years old.
Regarding Jackson’s educational background and qualifications, he attended George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles. He then also attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. Likewise, Cube left for Arizona to enroll in the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the year 1987. Moreover, in the year 1988, he came back to the Los Angeles area with a diploma in architectural drafting and rejoined N.W.A. But keeping a career in architecture drafting as a backup plan.
Career and Professional Life
Ice Cube had a keen interest in hip-hop music since his early teenage year. He even wrote rap songs for a keyboarding class at his school in Los Angeles. Cube started writing raps once challenged by a friend, “Kiddo” to do so in typewriting class. Likewise, he started rapping in the trio C.I.A. in the year 1986 when he was 16 years old. However, later he soon was able to join the newly formed rap group NWA. he then was able to become NWA’s lead rapper and main ghostwriter on its official debut album.
His debut solo hip hop album, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” was released on May 16, 1990, and this album was a critical and commercial success. Then in December of the same year, he released a seven-track extended play (EP), “Kill at Will”. This track also turned out to be one of his acclaimed and bestselling works in his career. And, this album also featured the remixed single “Endangered Species”. Likewise, he played in the Academy Award-nominated crime drama film “Boyz n the Hood” in July 1991. John Singleton directed the drama and it was well-received and earned good reviews from film critics.
Moreover, in the same year 1991, his released his second studio album “Death Certificate”. To everyone’s surprise, this album also became one of the bestselling albums and was able to receive an advance sales order of more than one million copies. Then, a year after, he came up with his third studio album “The Predator”. This album too was a commercial success, however, was not able to receive critical acclaim. Likewise, this album featured the hit single “It Was a Good Day”. Moreover, he released his fourth studio album, “Lethal Injection” in the year 1993 and it was a commercial success and featured the hit singles, “You Know How We Do It” and “Bop Gun”.
More About Career
He starred opposite Elizabeth Hurley in the thriller film “Dangerous Ground” in the year 1997 but the film did not receive good reviews. Then after a year in 1998, he released his fifth studio album “War & Peace Vol. 1”, also known as “The War Disc”. The album was also one of his bestselling albums. In the year 2000, he came up with his sixth studio album “War & Peace Volume 2” and that too became one of his most successful albums.
Likewise, he starred in the comedy film “Barbershop” in the year 2002 and the film was a box office hit. Then in the year 2004, he was able to reprise his role as “Calvin Palmer Jr.” in the sequel of “Barbershop”, “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” which was a huge success as well. Moreover, he released its seventh studio album “Laugh Now, Cry Later” in the year 2004. This album was his comeback album as he was concentrating more on his acting career since the year 2000.
Moreover, Cube also starred in the family comedy film “Are We Done Yet”. Then, after some time, he released his eighth studio album “Raw Footage” and his ninth studio album “I Am the West”. he released his next album “Everythang’s Corrupt” in the year 2018. This album is Cube’s first studio album in eight years and the album was able to receive positively by the critics.
He started focusing more on movies in the 2010s. He starred in the critically acclaimed movie “Rampart” in the year 2011. He later appeared as “Captain Dickson” in the blockbuster hit movies, “21 Jump Street” and its sequel “22 Jump Street”. Cube also starred in “Ride Along” and its sequel “Ride Along 2”. Likewise, in the year 2014, he voiced a character in the animated movie “The Book of Life”.
Moreover, he starred as a hot-headed teacher in the comedy film “Fist Fight” and he also played in the action film “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”. Furthermore, he also appeared in the fourth and final installment of the popular “Friday” film series, “Last Friday”.
Ice Cube’s first solo album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” was a super hit, and was able to peak at number six on the “US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” chart. Then, in the year 2007, this album was on the list of “The Guardian” as one of the “1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die”. Likewise, Cube’s second album “Death Certificate” was able to peak at number two on “Billboard 200”. It also was able to reach the number one position on the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart. And, the album ranked eighth on MTV’s list of “Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time” in the year 2005.
Furthermore, in the year 1992, he received the “Chicago Film Critics Association Award” under the “Most Promising Actor” category for the film “Boyz n the Hood”. Cube also receive VH1’s “Annual Hip Hop Honors” and the “BET Hip-Hop Awar” in the year 2006 and 2009 respectively.
Ice Cube tied the knot with Kimberly Woodruff on April 26, 1992. The couple has five children together and their names are Darrel, O’Shea, Shareef, Karima, and Deja. Cube is close to his children and takes good care of them. He has also shared pictures as well as videos of his children and along with them on his social accounts.
Ice Cube has a height of 5 feet 8 inches and his weight is 90 Kg. Talking about Cube’s other body measurements such as his chest size, waist size, and bicep size, their sizes are 42-37-14 inches respectively. Moreover, he has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Ice Cube is pretty active on all of his social accounts. He owns an Instagram account under the name “icecube” and has garnered 21 million followers until now. Cube is active on Twitter and Facebook as well and has 5.6 million and 15 million followers respectively.
According to worthygorilla, he has a net worth of $160 million and his main income sources are his singing career, rapping, and his acting career as well.