Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He began his career as a member of the rap group N.W.A along with group leader Eazy-E, and later launched a successful solo career in music and cinema.
He married Kimberly Woodruff, with whom he has four children, in 1992. From the mid-1990s onwards, Jackson focused on acting, and his musical output has slowed down considerably. He remains one of the most visible West Coast rappers, having helped originate gangsta rap.
Ice Cube was born O'Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles, California, the son of Doris Jackson (née Benjamin), a hospital clerk and custodian, and Andrew Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at UCLA. His cousins are Teren Delvon Jones, also known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien, of Deltron 3030, Gorillaz and Hieroglyphics, and Kam of rap group The Warzone. At age sixteen, Ice Cube developed an interest in hip hop music, and began writing raps in Taft High School's keyboarding class. He attended the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987, and studied Architectural Drafting. With friend Sir Jinx, Cube formed the C.I.A., and they performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre.
In an interview with well-known British broadsheet newspaper, The Guardian, Ice Cube stated that he is a Muslim, having converted sometime in the 1990s. He was believed to be a member of the Nation of Islam, the controversial Islamic group lead by Louis Farrakhan. He was quoted as saying that the organization is "the best place for any young black male". He denied ever being a member during the interview.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film xXx: State of the Union (2005). He failed to receive a nomination, however.
Was considered for the role of Max in Collateral (2004).
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