Ice Cube has always toed the line between family friendly actor, and snarling West Coast MC. He has been in one of the most influential rap groups in history in NWA, and has gone on to forge himself a nice career as a platinum selling musician and a ticket selling machine. He has co-wrote, produced and starred in franchises like Friday and Barbershop and has melted eardrums with his albums The Predator and Lethal Injection.
Ice Cube has a new comedy coming out opposite Charlie Day called Fist Fight and is set to released a 25th anniversary edition of his seminal record Death Certificate. We honor him and his trademark scowling glory with 5 fast facts you need to know about Ice Cube.
1. His Cousin is Rapper Del the Funky Homosapien
Ice Cube’s cousin just happens to be one of the most underrated underground rappers in America, Del the Funky Homosapien. His first record Wish My Brother George Was Here was released with help from Ice Cube’s group Da Lench Mob. He went on to record with Hieroglyphics, and Gorillaz.
2. Ice Cube Studied Architecture Before Pursuing a Career in Music
Ice Cube enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology in 1987 to pursue a career in architecture. He completed his diploma in architectural drafting after a year.
Ice Cube discusses his love of the field in the documentary Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames where he discusses the influence of Los Angeles architects Charles and Ray Eames.
3. Ice Cube’s The Predator was the First Record to Debut at #1 on Both the R&B and Pop Charts
1992’s The Predator cemented Ice Cube as a force in hip-hop and separated him from his time with NWA. The album was a huge success with the singles “It Was a Good Day” and “Check Yo Self” thrown into the rap canon. Album cuts like “Wicked” have gone on to be covered by metal giants Korn with Ice Cube on the record. The Predator remains Ice Cube’s biggest commercial success.
4. Ice Cube Launched a Family Friendly Television Series
Based on the 2005 movie Are We There Yet? a television series of the same name debuted on TBS in 2010. The show revolved around a family adjusting to the matriarch’s new husband and trying to deal with normal family situations. Ice Cube has always towed the line between West Coast gangsta rap and family man comedies, and he’s really good at it.
5. He Started a Basketball League called BIG3
Ice Cube is an avid basketball fan who wanted to give his favorite players a shot at playing one more time on the big stage. With many of them still having the desire to play, but maybe not on a nightly basis.
The games will be 3 on 3 with eight teams of five players a head coach and an assistant coach. Games will be played once a week on Saturdays with games won by the team who scores 60 point first. Players have lined up to play including Chauncey Billups, Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Mike Bibby, and Rashard Lewis. Gary Payton and George Gervin have signed on to be coaches.