Biography

O’Shea Jackson Sr. (born June 15, 1969) is an American rapper, actor, and filmmaker, who is known internationally by the stage name Ice Cube.

He is one of the leading figures who popularized gangsta rap and political rap in the ’80s and ’90s. He formed the pioneer gangsta rap group, N.W.A and contributed to creating the album Straight Outta Compton in 1988.

Ice Cube has starred in several highly-grossing movies since he appeared in his debut film, Boyz n the Hood (1991). In 2016, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

American rapper

Ice Cube
Ice Cube: History • Bio • Photo
Wiki Facts & About Data
Real Name: O’Shea Jackson Sr.
Stage Name: Ice Cube
Born: 15 June 1969 (age 52 years old)
Place of Birth: Crenshaw, California, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.73 m
Parents: Hosea Jackson, Doris Benjamin
Siblings: Clyde Ray Jackson, Beverly Jean Brown
Wife • Spouse: Kimberly Woodruff (m. 1992)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Shareef Jackson, Karima Jackson, Deja Jackson, Darrell Jackson
Occupation: Rapper • Actor
Net Worth: US$165 million

Early Life

Ice Cube was born on the 15th of June 1969 to the family of Hosea Jackson (father) and Doris Benjamin (mother). The Jacksons gave their son the name O’Shea Jackson Jr. He is an African-American. 

Ice Cube‘s mother worked as a hospital clerk and custodian, while his father held the job of a machinist and a groundskeeper at the University Of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He has an older brother, Clyde Ray Jackson. His half-sister, Beverly Jean Brown, was murdered when he was 12 years old. The Jackson family resided in Van Wick street in Southern Los Angeles’s Westmont neighborhood. 

The nickname “Ice Cube” was coined after his older brother threatened to slam him inside a freezer and remove him when he was an ice cube. 

Education

Ice Cube underwent his elementary and middle school education at top schools in L.A. 

He studied at George Washington Preparatory High School, Los Angeles. He also attended Williams Howard Taft High School, California. 

Career

In 1986, Ice Cube formed his first rap group C.I.A. The following year, he co-founded the gangsta rap group N.W.A with his friends Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. The group was a West Coast Hip Hop act, and he was its lead rapper.

N.W.A released its debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton. In 1989, he decided to launch his solo career. This decision was due to creative differences with other group members.

He has released ten studio albums in the past three decades. They are AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990), Death Certificate (1991), The Predator (1992), Lethal Injection (1993), War & Peace Vol. 1 (1998), War & Peace Vol. 2 (2000), Laugh Now, Cry Later (2006), Raw Footage (2008), I Am the West (2010) and Everything’s Corrupt (2018).

Ice Cube joined Hollywood in 1991 and was cast in the film Boyz n the Hood. The movie was based on a rap song that Ice Cube had written in 1987. He co-wrote and acted in Friday‘s comedy film, which was released in 1995. He made his directorial debut with the film, The Players Club. The movie was released in 1998. 

For over three decades now, Ice Cube has acted in scores of films such as Three Kings, 21 Jump Street, Ride Along, 22 Jump Street, Trespass, Ride Along 2, I Got The Hook-Up, Thicker Than Water, Next Friday, Friday After Next, The N-Word, Torque and Are We There Yet?

He has played a recurring role in the Barbershop Series. He has also appeared in the XXX film series. He was the leading protagonist in XXX: State Of The Union and XXX: Return Of Xander Cage.

He is the co-creator of the documentary Black White. The film was aired on FX. He is also the director of the 2010 documentary, Straight Outta L.A, which was aired on ESPN.  

As a filmmaker, Ice Cube is credited for producing films like Barbershop 2: Back In Business, Beauty Shop, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, First Sunday, The Longshots, Janky Promoters, and Lottery Ticket

Social Media

Ice Cube has over 5.7 million followers on Twitter and over 23.3 million followers on Instagram.

  • Twitter handle: @icecube
  • Instagram handle: @icecube

Personal Life

In April 1992, Ice Cube got married to his longtime girlfriend, Kimberly Woodruff. He and Kimberly Woodruff have four children: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Shareef Jackson, Karima Jackson, Deja Jackson, and Darrell Jackson

Their first son is named O’Shea Jackson Jr. portrayed Ice Cube in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, which was released in 2015. 

In the 1990s, Ice Cube converted to Islam and adopted the ideology of Black Nationalism.

Net Worth

Over the years, Ice Cube has built wealth from his works as a rapper, an actor, and a media entrepreneur.

Ice Cube‘s net worth is estimated to be valued at US$165 million.





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