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Ice Cube –

Ice Cube in Barbershop.

About Ice Cube (1969 – )

O'Shea Jackson was born on June 15, 1969 in South Central Los Angeles, the son of Doris, a hospital clerk and custodian, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He has an elder brother, and had a half-sister who was killed when he 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 became interested in hip hop music, and began writing raps at 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 his cousin 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 brought him in to help 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.

While Dr. Dre was DJing at a dance club in Los Angeles called Eve After Dark, Ice Cube rapped over Dre's music, often by parodying other raps of the time (most notoriously with the rap My Penis as a parody of Run DMC's My Adidas). In a 2015 interview, club-owner Alonzo Williams said that he felt this song damaged his reputation and asked for it not to be performed.

Following his role as Doughboy in Boyz n the Hood, in 1992 he starred alongside Ice-T, and Bill Paxton in Walter Hill's action film, Trespass, and then in The Glass Shield.

Ice Cube was offered a co-starring role with Janet Jackson in the 1993 romantic film Poetic Justice, but turned it down. The role ended up going to Tupac Shakur instead.

John Singleton encouraged Ice Cube to try out his screenwriting chops, telling him, "If you can write a record, you can write a movie." Ice Cube threw himself into a screenplay for what became the 1995 comedy Friday, in which he also starred, alongside then up-and-coming comedian Chris Tucker. Friday was a big success, earning $28 million worldwide on a $3.5 million budget, and spawned two sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next, as well as a TV series. Ice Cube also starred in his second collaboration with John Singleton, Higher Learning, as university student Fudge; a role for which he earned award nominations.

In 1997, Ice Cube starred in the action thriller Dangerous Ground as a South African exiled to America who returns to his home country 15 years later. He also had a supporting role in the film Anaconda that same year. He wrote, executive produced, and made his directorial debut in The Players Club in 1998, and in 1999 starred alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the critically acclaimed Three Kings. In 2000, he wrote, produced and acted in the Friday sequel Next Friday. In 2002, he starred in the commercially successful movie Barbershop, as well as All About the Benjamins and the third film in the Friday trilogy, Friday After Next. In 2004, he appeared in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Torque; in 2005 he starred in the action movie XXX: State of the Union, as well as the family comedies Are We There Yet? and Are We Done Yet?, co-starring Nia Long. Ice Cube also starred in 2014 in the box office hit "Ride Along" with comedian Kevin Hart. "Ride Along 2" is planned for release in 2016.

Ice Cube's Are We There Yet? TV series, based on the 2005 film, premiered on TBS in June 2010, and revolves around a family getting used to the matriarch's new husband (played by Terry Crews) and trying to deal with normal family life. He also had roles in 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump Street. In 2014 he appeared with Elmo as a guest on Sesame Street.

Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff in April 1992. The couple has four children: O'Shea, Jr., Darrell, Kareema, and Shareef.

As a father, Ice Cube has been asked if he allows his children to listen to his music. His answer: "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. Asked what he tells his children about profanity, he says he tells 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 rappers now, performing under the names OMG and Doughboy, and were featured on his album I Am the West.

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 specifically. He does not regularly attend services at a mosque.

Ice Cube's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1991 Boyz n the Hood Darin "Doughboy" Baker
1992 Trespass Savon
1993 CB4 Himself (cameo)
1994 The Glass Shield Teddy Woods
1995 Higher Learning Fudge
1995 Friday Craig Jones
1997 Dangerous Ground Vusi Madlazi
1997 Anaconda Danny Rich
1998 The Players Club Reggie (Also Directed)
1998 I Got the Hook Up Gun runner
1999 Three Kings Sgt. Chief Elgin
1999 Thicker Than Water Slink
2000 Next Friday Craig Jones
2001 Ghosts of Mars James 'Desolation' Williams
2002 All About The Benjamins Bucum
2002 Barbershop Calvin Palmer
2002 Friday After Next Craig Jones
2004 Torque Trey Wallace
2004 The N-Word Himself
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Calvin Palmer
2005 Are We There Yet? Nick Persons
2005 Beauty Shop
2005 Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
2005 XXX: State of the Union Darius Stone
2007 Are We Done Yet? Nick Persons
2008 First Sunday Durell Washington
2008 The Longshots Curtis Plummer
2009 Janky Promoters Russell Redds
2010 Lottery Ticket Jerome "Thump" Washington
2011 Rampart Kyle Timkins
2012 21 Jump Street Capt. Dickson
2014 Ride Along Detective James Payton
2014 22 Jump Street Capt. Dickson

Ice Cube's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1994 The Sinbad Show Himself
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Himself
2005 BarberShop: The Series
2005 WrestleMania 21 Himself
2006 Black. White.
2007 Friday: The Animated Series
2010 30 for 30
Are We There Yet? Terrence Kingston
2014 The Rebels

Memorable Quotes

“I'm not the type of actor who is trying to do a whole bunch of different shit, you know what I mean?”

“I think reading is important in any form. I think a person who's trying to learn to like reading should start off reading about a topic they are interested in, or a person they are interested in.”

“If you think about stuff that happened when you were young, it stays with you forever. South Central is just who I am. Even though I have a nice house, nice family, the rest of my generation is still in South Central L.A. My cousins, my brothers, my sisters, they don't wanna move out. They don't want to and they don't have the means to sustain it. That's where my heart is and that's what I think about all the time.”

“[on hip-hop] The Beastie Boys broke all the walls for me. They were the introduction of "rap is for everybody." You know, it's not just a black thing. When we came out, it was already a foregone conclusion that all types of life listen to rap. All cultures. But we never knew that "Straight Outta Compton" would blow up like it did.”

Did You Know

Ice Cube has appeared on Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Kings" list, with $13 million in earnings.

He told Mark S. Allen on the GoodDay Sacramento morning show that his favorite movie is Jaws. He mentioned that someone added Pretty Woman down as his favorite on IMDb as a joke.

He owns and operates his own record label, Lench Mob Records; and his own production company, Cube Vision.

Ice Cube is a supporter of the Oakland Raiders, and has performed their anthem 'Come and get it'.

Ice Cube in 21 Jump Street (2012).
Ice Cube in Anaconda (1997).
Ice Cube in Are We Done Yet? (2007).
In Are We There Yet? (2005).
Ice Cube in Barbershop 2 (2004).
Ice Cube in Boyz In da Hood (1991).
As Fudge in Higher Learning (1995).
With Jamie Foxx in The Players Club (1998).
With Mike Epps in All About the Benjamins (2002).
Opposite Natasha Henstridge in Ghosts of Mars (2001).
Ice Cube in Ride Along (2014).
In Trespass (1992).
In XXX: State of the Union (2005).