Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Highest Rated: 96% Boyz N the Hood (1991)

Lowest Rated: 8% Dangerous Ground (1997)

Birthday: Jun 15, 1969

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Ice Cube helped pioneer the gangster rap movement as both a solo artist and a member of seminal hip-hop crew N.W.A. before forging a successful Hollywood career thanks to franchise-spawning hits such as "Friday" (1995), "Barbershop" (2002) and "Ride Along" (2014). Born O'Shea Jackson in the South Central Los Angeles area of Baldwin Hills in 1969, Ice Cube developed a passion for hip-hop at high school where he adopted a stage name inspired by a threat issued by his older brother. After studying architectural drafting at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, Cube resumed his musical ambitions, forming The C.I.A. with Sir Jinx and collaborating with Dr. Dre on side project Stereo Crew. Dre was so impressed with Cube's talents that he was invited to join MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and himself in the line-up of N.W.A., the controversial Compton-based crew credited with popularizing the sound of gangster rap. Cube reportedly wrote half of their seminal 1988 sophomore Straight Outta Compton but just a year later left the group following a contract dispute with manager Jerry Heller. Cube proved to be just as uncompromising on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, the 1990 solo debut which drew accusations of racism and misogyny. 1991 sophomore Death Certificate continued to court controversy in the same way before Cube showcased his acting talents for the first time as Crip gang member Doughboy in John Singleton's ground-breaking "Boyz n the Hood" (1991). Spawning his first Top 20 single, "It Was a Good Day," 1992's The Predator topped the Billboard 200 on its way to domestic sales of three million. And after joining fellow gangster rapper Ice T in neo-noir "Trespass" (1992), Cube embraced the burgeoning G-funk scene on 1993's Lethal Injection. Over the next five years, Cube put his solo career on hold, teaming up with WC and Mack 10 to form Westside Connection, guiding the careers of Da Lench Mob and Mr. Short Khop and contributing to tracks by Tupac, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kan. He also further established his acting credentials, appearing as a crime suspect in "The Glass Shield" (1994), reuniting with Singleton to play an Afrocentric student in "Higher Learning" (1995) and impressively writing, producing and starring alongside Chris Tucker in stoner classic "Friday" (1995). After starring as a South African exile in thriller "Dangerous Ground" (1997) and cameraman in creature feature "Anaconda" (1997), Cube added director to his list of talents with the dark comedy "The Players Club" (1998). That same year he returned to the music fold with fifth studio effort War & Peace Vol 1. (The War Disc), with a second volume featuring ex-bandmates Dr. Dre and MC Ren arriving in 2000. By this point, Cube had also added co-starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in Gulf war drama "Three Kings" (1999), joined various other rappers in gang rivalry tale "Thicker than Water" (1999) and reprised his role of Craig Jones in sequel "Next Friday" (2000). Cube once again took a lengthy solo hiatus to concentrate on Hollywood, playing a prisoner in John Carpenter's sci-fi horror "Ghosts of Mars" (2001), sharing top billing with Mike Epps in bounty hunter comedy "All About the Benjamins" (2002) and starring as salon owner Calvin Palmer in "Barbershop" (2002), a role he would reprise for its 2004 and 2016 sequels. After showing up as rival biker gang leader Trey in "Torque" (2004), Cube took over from Vin Diesel as the leading man in sequel "XXX: State of the Union" (2005) and made a surprising detour into family-friendly territory with the part of reluctant babysitter Nick Parsons in "Are We There Yet" (2005). In 2006, Cube dropped his seventh solo LP, Laugh Now, Cry Later, following it up two years later with Raw Footage. But he continued to rack up the film credits, too, appearing alongside Tracy Morgan in petty crime comedy "First Sunday" (2008), starring as an amateur baseball coach in Fred Durst's sports dramedy "The Longshots" (2008) and joining forces with Epps once more in "The Janky Promoters" (2009). In 2010, Cube added I Am the West to his discography, explored his passion for both gangster rap and the Oakland Raiders for the "30 for 30" (ESPN, 2009-) documentary series, played a reclusive former boxer in "The Lottery Ticket" (2010) and produced and co-starred in "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010-13), a small screen spin-off from his hit same-named movie. After playing an investigator in corrupt cop drama "Rampart" (2011), Cube bagged the role of foul-mouthed police captain Dickson in "21 Jump Street" (2012), shared the screen with Kevin Hart in another franchise-spinning comedy "Ride Along" (2014) and voiced The Candle Maker in hit animation "The Book of Life" (2014). Cube then served as producer on "Straight Outta Compton" (2015), the N.W.A. biopic in which he was portrayed by his own son O'Shea Jackson Jr, before starring as a warring teacher in broad comedy "Fist Fight" (2017) and releasing his long-awaited 2018 tenth album, Everythang's Corrupt. Cube then joined the cast of Los Angeles music drama "Covers" (2020) and returned with a fourth installment of his stoner comedy series, "Last Friday" (2020).

Highest rated movies

Boyz N the Hood
Three Kings
Barbershop: The Next Cut 21 Jump Street 22 Jump Street Barbershop
Friday
Rampart

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The DOC Self - 2022
71% 72% The High Note Jack Robertson (Character) - 2020
25% 40% Fist Fight Strickland (Character),
Executive Producer
$32.2M 2017
45% 37% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Darius Stone (Character) $44.9M 2017
90% 66% Barbershop: The Next Cut Calvin (Character),
Producer
$54.0M 2016
14% 48% Ride Along 2 James Payton (Character),
Producer
$90.8M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet N.W.A & Easy-E: Kings of Compton Self - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hip-Hop Evolution Self - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton Unknown (Character) - 2015
89% 91% Straight Outta Compton Producer $161.0M 2015
83% 77% The Book of Life The Candle Maker (Voice) $50.1M 2014
84% 77% 22 Jump Street Captain Dickson (Character) $191.7M 2014
18% 58% Ride Along James Payton (Character),
Producer
$134.1M 2014
85% 82% 21 Jump Street Capt. Dickson (Character) $138.4M 2012
74% 35% Rampart Kyle Timkins (Character) $969.2K 2011
34% 44% Lottery Ticket Mr. Washington (Character),
Executive Producer
$24.7M 2010
No Score Yet 43% The Janky Promoters Russell Redds (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One With a Bullet Unknown (Character) - 2008
41% 61% The Longshots Uncle Curtis (Character),
Producer
$11.5M 2008
12% 56% First Sunday Durell (Character),
Producer
$37.9M 2008
8% 31% Are We Done Yet? Nick (Character),
Producer
$49.6M 2007
17% 32% XXX: State of the Union Darius Stone (Character) $26.0M 2005
12% 45% Are We There Yet? Nick Persons (Character),
Producer,
Screenwriter
$82.3M 2005
69% 48% Barbershop 2: Back in Business Calvin Palmer (Character),
Executive Producer
$65.0M 2004
22% 41% Torque Trey (Character) $21.2M 2004
No Score Yet 67% The N-Word Unknown (Character) - 2004
26% 75% Friday After Next Craig Jones (Character),
Writer,
Writer,
Producer
$33.0M 2002
83% 62% Barbershop Calvin (Character) $75.1M 2002
30% 77% All About the Benjamins Bucum Jackson (Character),
Producer,
Screenwriter
$25.5M 2002
23% 24% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars James "Desolation" Williams (Character) $8.4M 2001
21% 76% Next Friday Craig Jones (Character),
Writer,
Writer,
Executive Producer,
Producer
$57.2M 2000
No Score Yet 72% Thicker Than Water Slink (Character) $79.8K 1999
94% 77% Three Kings SSgt. Chief Elgin (Character) $60.7M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Straight from the Streets Unknown (Character) - 1999
17% 64% I Got the Hook-Up Gun Runner (Character) $10.3M 1998
31% 85% The Players Club Reggie (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Executive Producer
$23.0M 1998
8% 35% Dangerous Ground Vusi Madlazi (Character),
Executive Producer,
Original Music
$5.1M 1997
38% 24% Anaconda Danny Rich (Character) $65.9M 1997
45% 74% Higher Learning Fudge (Character),
Original Music
$36.8M 1995
76% 91% Friday Craig Jones (Character),
Writer,
Executive Producer
$27.4M 1995
68% 40% The Glass Shield Teddy Woods (Character) $2.5M 1994
84% 93% Menace II Society Original Music $27.7M 1993
71% 47% Trespass Savon (Character) $12.5M 1992
96% 93% Boyz N the Hood Doughboy (Darin) (Character) $55.1M 1991

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Heart Guest 2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017 2020
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2014-2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Untold Stories of Hip Hop Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hip Hop Squares Unknown (Guest Star),
Executive Producer,
Guest
2017-2019
No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2015-2019
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild Guest 2019
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
Guest
2016-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010 2014 2016-2018
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011 2014-2015 2017
100% 91% The Defiant Ones Self 2017
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2014-2015 2017
No Score Yet 25% 30 for 30 Narrator 2017
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011-2012 2014 2016-2017
No Score Yet 81% Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party Guest 2016
No Score Yet 91% Hip Hop Evolution Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind The... Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet 21% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2008 2010-2012 2014 2016
No Score Yet 37% The Bachelor Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character),
Guest
2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
Guest
2010-2011 2013-2014
No Score Yet 100% Are We There Yet? Terrence (Character),
Executive Producer
2010-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Music Performer,
Guest
2010-2011
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1997