Ice Cube June 15, 1969

1969-1988

Ice Cube as a teenager

O'Shea Jackson also known as Ice Cube, was born on June 15, 1969, in South Central Los Angeles, California. Ice Cube would easily learn his neighborhood as he got older, which became increasingly shaped by drugs, guns, and violence. Cube was a good student in school and was passionate about football and music.

When Ice Cube reached his teen years his parents pulled him out of local school and took him to a suburban high school in San Fernando Vally. As he watched his hometown he saw more of his friends get killed or go to jail, Cube became determined to create a better life for himself. After high school, he enrolled at Phoenix Institute of Technology, where he earned a two year degree in drafting in 1988.

Ice Cube in high school

1988-1989

After Ice Cube got his degree in college he continued to be involved in music. Ice Cube was writing raps while he was still in high school, and in the mid-1980s started a group with two others called CIA. The group, and Cube in particular, soon caught the attention of another up-and-coming rapper, Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre. Together, the two teamed up with a small group of young rappers (Dj Yella, Eazy-E and MC Ren) to form N.W.A.

After Ice Cube got his degree in college he continued to be involved in music. Ice Cube was writing raps while he was still in high school, and in the mid-1980s started a group with two others called CIA. The group, and Cube in particular, soon caught the attention of another up-and-coming rapper, Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre. Together, the two teamed up with a small group of young rappers (Dj Yella, Eazy-E and MC Ren) to form N.W.A.

Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Yella, and MC Ren

1989-

Cube's affiliation with N.W.A came to a screeching halt in 1989. Angered over how little he'd been paid, he bolted the group and went solo. A year later, he released the first of several critically acclaimed albums, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted". Around the time of his departure from N.W.A, Cube launched his movie career with a highly praised performance in the John Singleton directed coming-of-age 'hood film, "Boyz n the Hood"(1992). After this he went on major roles in other successful films, including "Friday"(1995), "Three Kings"(1999) and "Barbershop"(2002).

Ice Cube's solo album, and the successful movies Ice Cube starred in

From the time he made these movies he had realized that he was a good actor and went on to make more projects such as "21 Jump Street"(2012), "22 Jump Street"(2015), "Ride Along"(2014), "Ride Along 2"(2016) and many other movies.

In 2015 his son starred in a movie called "Straight Outta Compton" that show his life in N.W.A and after he left N.W.A and went solo.

Ice Cube today is still well and living and he still does movies. He doesn't do music anymore though. He now has a family, Kimberly Woodruff(wife), O'Shea Jackson(son), Karima Jackson(daughter), Darrel Jackson(son), Deja Jackson(daughter), Shareef Jackson(son). His mother and father are also still alive.

Ice Cube's family

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