Ice Cube - Rotten Tomatoes

Ice Cube

Highest Rated:   96% Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Lowest Rated:   8% Are We Done Yet? (2007)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
One of the most powerful and uncompromising artists in rap music, Ice Cube enjoyed a surprisingly smooth transition into a career in motion pictures, first distinguishing himself as an actor and later branching out into writing, producing, and directing. Born O'Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles on June 15, 1969, Ice Cube came from a working class family, with both his father and mother employed by U.C.L.A. Ice Cube began writing lyrics when he was in ninth grade; a friend in a high school typing class challenged him to see who could come up with a better rap, and when he won the contest, Cube began honing his hip-hop skills in earnest. Before long, Ice Cube had formed a rap group called CIA with a friend, a DJ known as Sir Jinx. CIA began playing parties organized by Dr. Dre (born Andre Young), a member of a popular local hip-hop group called The World Class Wrecking Cru, and Cube and Dre both got to know Eazy-E (born Eric Wright), a rapper with a group called HBO who had started his own record company, financed by his successful career as a drug dealer. In time, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E joined forces with DJ Yella (born Antoine Carraby) and MC Ren (born Lorenzo Patterson) to form the group N.W.A. With their 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.'s profane and provocative lyrics (particularly the infamous "F -- -- Tha Police") made them one of the most controversial groups in the history of rap music, and if they weren't the first gangsta rappers, they certainly brought the sound to a mass audience for the first time. In 1989, Cube, dissatisfied with N.W.A.'s management (and the fact he had been paid a mere 30,000 dollars for writing and performing on an album which sold three million copies), decided to leave the group and strike out on his own. He released his first solo album, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, in 1990, and the disc's blunt, forceful sound and aggressive blend of street life and political commentary proved there was life for the rapper after N.W.A.. The following year, after releasing the follow-up EP Kill at Will, and a second album, Death Certificate, Cube made his acting debut in John Singleton's gritty look at life in South Central Los Angeles, Boyz N The Hood, which drew its name from an early N.W.A. track. Cube received strong reviews for his performance as ex-con Doughboy, and a year later starred opposite fellow rap trailblazer Ice-T in Walter Hill's Trespass. In 1995, Cube reunited with Singleton for the drama Higher Learning, and, later that year, expanded his repertoire by starring in Friday, a comedy he also wrote and produced. With his career in the movies on the rise, Cube spent less and less time in the recording studio, although he often contributed to the soundtracks of the films in which he appeared, and recorded with the L.A. all-star group Westside Connection. In 1998, Cube added directing to his list of accomplishments with The Players Club, for which he also served as screenwriter and executive producer, as well as played a supporting role as Reggie. The same year, he released his first solo album in four years, War and Peace, Vol. One: The War Disc. Cube went on to write and produce sequels to both Friday and All About the Benjamins, which co-starred his Friday sidekick, Mike Epps. He also continued to work in films for other writers and filmmakers, including Three Kings, Ghosts of Mars, and the extremely successful urban comedy Barbershop.In 2004, Cube's career continued to pick up steam. He appeared in the motor-cycle action thriller Torque, as well as Barbershop 2: Back in Business. By the next year, he was taking over for Vin Diesel, starring in XXX: State of the Union, as well as branching into the realm of family comedy with Are We There Yet?. Both were box office gold, and Cube went on to follow up the latter with 2007's sequel Are We Done Yet?.He tried his hand at an inspirational sports drama producing and starring in The Longshots in 2008. His love of sports found full

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
27% Fist Fight
  • Executive Producer
  • Ron Strickland
$32.2M 2017
No Score Yet G-Funk
  • Actor
2017
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • Calvin Palmer
  • Producer
$54.1M 2016
14% Ride Along 2
  • Producer
  • James Payton
2016
87% Straight Outta Compton
  • Producer
$129.5M 2015
No Score Yet Friday 20th Anniversary
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton
  • Actor
2015
82% The Book of Life
  • Candle Maker
2014
84% 22 Jump Street
  • Captain Dickson
$154.3M 2014
19% Ride Along
  • Producer
  • James
$110.4M 2014
89% Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
  • Ice Cube
$0.3M 2012
85% 21 Jump Street
  • Captain Dickson
$134.1M 2012
74% Rampart
  • Kyle Timkins
$1M 2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots
  • Actor
2012
34% Lottery Ticket
  • Executive Producer
  • Mr. Washington
$24.8M 2010
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Janky Promoters
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Russell Redds
2009
41% The Longshots
  • Producer
  • Curtis Plummer
$11.4M 2008
13% First Sunday
  • Durell
  • Producer
$38M 2008
8% Are We Done Yet?
  • Nick Persons
$50M 2007
No Score Yet Street Bangaz
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Laws of Success
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet All Access - DVD Magazine Team Invasion Edition: This Ain't No Greezy Talk
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Drugs on Music: Cocaine City 5
  • Actor
2006
16% xXx: State of the Union
  • XXX/Darius Stone
$26.1M 2005
37% Beauty Shop
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
$36.4M 2005
11% Are We There Yet?
  • Producer
  • Nick Persons
$82.4M 2005
No Score Yet Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
  • Executive Producer
2005
No Score Yet Hip Hop Story, Vol. 3: Coast To Coast
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Donnie's Story: The Life of Donald Goines
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Westside Connection: Gangsta Nation Live
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Beef II
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The N-Word
  • Actor
2004
68% Barbershop 2: Back in Business
  • Calvin Palmer
  • Executive Producer
$65M 2004
23% Torque
  • Trey
$21.1M 2004
No Score Yet WC: Bandana Swangin: All That Glitters Ain't Gold
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Ice Cube: Making of a Don
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Chuck D's Hip Hop Hall of Fame
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Tha Westside
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Rap Rules
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Story: The Movie
  • Actor
2002
26% Friday After Next
  • Craig
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$33M 2002
No Score Yet Tough Love
  • Actor
2002
82% Barbershop
  • Calvin Palmer
$75.1M 2002
30% All About the Benjamins
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Bucum
$25.5M 2002
21% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
  • James `Desolation' Williams
$7.4M 2001
No Score Yet The Up in Smoke Tour
  • Actor
2000
20% Next Friday
  • Craig Jones
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
2000
No Score Yet Family Values Tour '98
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Thicker Than Water
  • Slink
1999
94% Three Kings
  • Chief
1999
No Score Yet Straight from the Streets
  • Actor
1999
17% I Got The Hook-Up
  • Gun Runner
1998
31% The Players Club
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Reggie
  • Screenwriter
1998
38% Anaconda
  • Danny Rich
1997
8% Dangerous Ground
  • Vusi
  • Executive Producer
1997
77% Friday
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Craig
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet Snoop Doggy Dogg: Murder Was the Case
  • Actor
1994
64% The Glass Shield
  • Teddy Woods
1994
50% Higher Learning
  • Fudge
1994
52% CB4
  • Himself
1993
68% Trespass
  • Savon
1992
96% Boyz n the Hood
  • Doughboy
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Narrator
  • 2017
  • 2010
100% Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Bachelor
2002
  • Appearing
  • 2016
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
  • 2014
No Score Yet Charlamagne & Friends
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Performer
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Jim Rome on Showtime
2012-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Are We There Yet?
2010-2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Rebels
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer

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