Rap music has always been ingrained in America’s roots, but it has only really taken over the music industry as one of the most popular genres over the last few decades.
One of the trendsetters in rap music during the 1990s was Ice Cube. He was a member of N.W.A. and had great success as a rapper in the late 1990s. But it was not just rapping that led to his fame and fortune. In the 21st century, he has found great success in the movie industry by acting in films such as 21 Jump Street, along with launching his own clothing line.
While rappers often get their start in the music business, that isn’t necessarily what makes them rich. Things like outside ventures in apparel, entertainment, and technology have proven to be very profitable for many rappers.
RapTV stated “Ice Cube is worth $160 million dollars”, and it is no surprise he has followed alongside other successful rappers in creating a brand around his name.
But how did Ice Cube get his name?
Ice Cube was born on June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles with the legal name of O’Shea Jackson. His parents were of a modest life, with his mom Doris being a hospital clerk and custodian and father a UCLA groundskeeper. His childhood was not without heartbreak, as his sister was murdered when he was only 12 years old. As a high school student, Ice Cube began writing rap songs during typewriting class. And this is where the origin of his nickname began. Another student threatened to throw him into a freezer until he was an ice cube, and from that point forward, the name Ice Cube was born. Ice Cube finished school with a diploma in architectural drafting, but ultimately joined the musical group N.W.A.
The rise to stardom:
As part of the musical group N.W.A, Ice Cube was the lead rapper and songwriter for the album Straight Outta Compton, which he partnered with Dr. Dre for. The irony in this was that Ice Cube was the only member of the group who was not born in Compton! In 1990, he debuted his own solo album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, which further drove his popularity as a rap artist. He followed up with eight more albums to his rapping resume. While Ice Cube was a strong lead rapper in several groups, it was his solo career that really skyrocketed him.
What solidified Ice Cube as a legendary rapper was his constant collaborations with other emerging artists. But that was not all that Ice Cube was focused on by the time his fame hit an all time high in the music industry. He had gained a great interest in going into acting and filmed in several multi-million-dollar movies. Like what he would do with collaborating with other successful rappers, Ice Cube partnered with veteran actors such as Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg to help him rises to equal fame as an actor. As a rap artist, he received several honors that include VH1 Hip Hop Honors presented to him by Snoop Dogg, the BET Hip Hop Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With all the success Ice Cube has received under his stage name, one might say that thank goodness a fellow student of his made such a cold threat during that typewriting class. The rap world would certainly not be the same without Ice Cube. And we would also argue that because of Ice Cube, many other rappers were able to make their mark on the industry as well.
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