The craze of hip hop music and rap is increasing rapidly in the world. Gone are the days when people had two or three choices for the music genre. Hip hop music successfully expanded in the West and beyond US.
Today we have hundreds of genre available with the development of electronic music and EDM. People enjoy this music a lot, especially the younger generation kids.
With the coming up of social media platforms, the popularity of rap culture and hip hop culture is at its peak. These singers have a huge fan following on Instagram, Facebook etc. Currently, hip hop is the mainstream sensation.
Every day millions of people stream these songs. Artist with such songs often gets a lot of recognition through nomination under categories of best rap music during award shows. Some of the popular rappers and hip-hop singers are, Eminem, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Cardi B etc.
Ice Cube Net Worth
Ice Cube is an American rapper, Record producer, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Television producer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer, Film director, and voice actor.
Being born and inhabited in a gangsta environment, Ice Cube revamped himself into the most respectable and powerful person of Hollywood. Currently, his Net worth is 130 million dollars.
O’Shea Jackson popularly known as Ice Cube was born in the year 1969 in South Central, Los Angeles, USA. His mother Doris Benjamin was a custodian and hospital clerk and his father Hosea Jackson was UCLA groundskeeper.
Ice Cube had an elder brother and a younger half-sister. Unfortunately, his sister got killed in an accident when Ice Cube was just 12 years old. He inhabited the streets of Los Angeles and started writing raps at the age of 14.
Jackson got the inspiration for his stage name from his brother. His brother once terrorized him that he will put him into the freezer, and take him out of it once he becomes an ice cube. Then he decided to keep ‘Ice Cube’ as his name.
Jackson completed his high school at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, CA. At the age of 16, he tried to sell his first song to future N.W.A member Easy -E. He succeeded in his first attempt.
After completing High School, Jackson went to Arizona for his higher education. He got into the Phoenix institute of technology in the year 1987.
He took admission into the course of Architectural drafting and succeeded in completing the course within a span of one year. He then decided to return back to Los Angeles to follow his passion for rap.
Jackson started his career as a performer. He formed a band with his friend Sir Jinx and named it C.I.A. He used to perform in various events around LA which were hosted by Dr. Dre.
In the year 1987, Jackson released his first track “My Posse” which was produced by Dr. Dre. Later, he revealed his penned rap called “Boyz-n-the-Hood” to.
Eazy-E, which initially Jackson didn’t liked much. But Easy-E resolved this issue of Jackson and decided to record the song “N.W.A and the Posse”, which ultimately came out as the debut album for the group N.W.A.
The members of the band involved, Dr Dre, MC Yen, DJ Yella and Ice Cube. The lyrics part was done by Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy-E put rhymes into the track. The album was a major break for the band.
Regardless, Ice Cube was paid only $32,000 for his assistance. Later Ice Cube parted ways with N.W.A, due to the disputes with the band members and the ending of his contract period. Ice Cube then decided to make his debut as a solo artist.
Ice Cube officially released his first album in the year 1990, titled “AmeriKKK’a Most Wanted”. This track was a big hit. It was regarded as the most popular rap at that time. He released his second track in the same year, titled “Kill at Will”.
The track became the first hip hop track in history to go Platinum. Later Ice Cube tried his luck in acting, in one of the dramas named “Boyz And The Hood”.
He played the role of a doughboy. The performance was acknowledged by all. He released his second album in the year 1991 and named it “Death Certificate”.
The album created controversies among the people. After that he released several albums which promoted and popularized hip hop culture. He also joined Eminem, Dr Dre and Snoop dog for “Up In Snoop tour”, and after six years he released his yet another album “Laugh Now, Cry Later”.
Jackson tie the knot with Kimberly Woodruff in the year 1992. He has four kids and he named them, O’Shea Jr (1991), Darell (1992), Kaereema (1994) and Shreef (1995).
During an interview in the year 2015, when asked about his kids listens to his rap or not, that he replied that he wants his kids to have respect for the music and not just look into the content. He also said that he does not promote cuss languages among his kids.
Ice Cube made contacts with the Mack 10 and WC in the year 1996. Apart from his albums, he also made two collaborations. Within 5 years of his career Ice Cube written, directed, produced, and acted in many films.
Some of his popular films were Friday and its sequel, 21 Jump Street, straight outta Compton XXX: return of Xander Cage. He had his biopic released in the year 2015 titled, Straight Outta Compton.
Ice Cube is also an entrepreneur in the field of clothing. His brand name is Solo by Cube which has a great collection of hoodies and sweatshirts with built built-in headphones. He is also a spokesperson in Coors light beer since 2011.
He also had a basketball based project named Big3, which features former NBA greats. The show began in the year 2017.
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Ice Cube has a full roller coaster life. From being a rapper to becoming an actor, director, and spokesperson.