Today is the birthday of one of the most influential and legendary pioneers of the the hip hop game, Ice Cube. He turns 47 today.
Ice Cube started his rap career with a group called C.I.A (Cru In Action) with Dr. Dre. He later then joined the iconic group N.W.A (N****s Wit Attitude) along with Dre in 1986. In 1987, thats when Cube wrote “Boyz -n-The-Hood” and showed it to Eazy E. That’s when the group go thrusted to the forefront.
Ice Cube went on to write most of the lyrics for Dr. Dre and Eazy E’s verses for the iconic album “Straight Outta Compton” which was released in 1988 along with some of Eazy’s verses on “Eazy Duz It”. After the success of that first N.W.A. album, Ice Cube butted heads with manager Jerry Heller because he felt like the himself along with the group weren’t getting compensated the proper amounts for their work. That resulted in him leaving the group in 1989 and marked the beginning of his solo career.
In 1990 he then dropped his debut solo project “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” which did well, going platinum in about a year. He also dropped an EP that same year in 1990 called “Kill At Will”, which is the first Hip Hop EP to go platinum.
He followed that effort up with his second studio album and his most controversial album; Death Certificate. That album was headlined by “No Vaseline”, the diss song to N.W.A and their manager Jerry Heller. That song was pretty much telling them that they were being robbed blind by their manager.
He even went on to be in some classic hip-hop movies such as “Boyz in The Hood”, and “Friday”. He’s now starting his Big 3 basketball league. It’s a 3 on 3 basketball league for retired basketball players that can still play at somewhat of a high level. He also just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which is huge!
We can go on and on about his albums, commercial success, accomplishments, filmography, and even classic records like “It was a good day”, but we’re just here to wish Oshea Jackson Sr. aka Ice Cube a Happy Birthday!