On this day, June 15, in hip-hop history…
1969: Ice Cube celebrates his 44th birthday.
The rapper, songwriter, producer, director, and screenplay writer first made his debut in the entertainment world in the politically controversial west-side rap group, N.W.A. Dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Group,” Ice Cube, along with his N.W.A members, gave the world a style of music that represented the political struggles of young men growing up in urban communities. Ice Cube continued his hard core political gangster rap into his solo career with his debut solo album, AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted. He proceeded to make his stamp in the hip-hop hall of fame with classic albums such as Death Certificate, The Predator, Lethal Injection, and many others.
Ice Cube dove into the acting world with his role in the movie Boyz N Da Hood, a movie representing the political and socioeconomic struggles that African American youth were facing during the 1990s. From Boyz N Da Hood, Ice Cube continued acting in movies such as Trespass, Higher Learning, Player’s Club, All About The Benjamins and the classic Friday series, which he co-wrote. Ice Cube dabbled in day time television series with the shows Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, which are based off of movies he starred in.
Still making music today, with songs such as “Everythang’s Corrupt,” Ice Cube has proven to the world that one can venture out and be successful in different fields of work and still remain gangster.
Happy Birthday Ice Cube!—Raven Irabor