O’Shea Jackson Sr, better known as Ice Cube, was born in Los Angeles on June 15, 1969. Rapper, actor, filmmaker, and record producer, Ice Cube net worth in 2017 is $140 million, according to Forbes magazine. How did the rapper make his fortune? O’Shea started his music career as a member of the hip-hop band C.I.A and then joined the rap group N.W.A. In 1989, he embarked on a solo career and also started playing in various movies. He has also toyed with producing different Showtime TV shows and has earned himself the reputation of a blunt rapper and lyricist.
Ice Cube’s brutal honesty seems to have paid off. The rapper is known for his socio-political lyrics that not seldom are very aggressive. Some even consider Ice Cube to be one of the founders of gangsta rap. MTV entitled him the eight greatest MC of all times. However, according to Snoop Dog, Ice Cube deserves to be number one in that top.
Ice Cube Net Worth: $140 million
A controversial artist, O’Shea Jackson comes from a modest family. The son of a hospital clerk and groundskeeper, he has a brother and also had a sister that was killed when he was a boy. Ice Cube’s interest for hip-hop developed early. He started writing songs when he was still in prep school. Not many people know that Ice Cube actually went to the Phoenix Institute of Technology where the rapper studied architectural drafting.
Ice Cube created C.I.A with his friend, Sir Jinx. The two of them used to perform at Dr. Dre’s parties. It was here that O’Shea’s talent was first noticed. Dr. Dre prompted his help for a new hit track and asked him to join a side partnership. In the late ‘80s, Ice Cube’s works focused on parodying other rappers of the time, including Run DMC.
Shortly after, Ice Cube joined N.W.A that comprised Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. The aspiring rapper wrote lyrics for Eazy-E and Dr. Dre for almost two years before he became dissatisfied with his role in the crew. Since his contract did not acknowledge him as a proper member of N.W.A and he only received $32,000 for writing an entire album for Eazy-E, he decided to leave the group. He also opened a lawsuit against the manager, which ended up being settled in private.
Ice Cube’s solo career
1989 marked the beginning of Ice Cube’s solo career. He was ambitious, a great lyricist and driven by the desire to speak up his mind. His debut solo album was entitled “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” and it hit the shelves in May 1990. An instant hit with the listeners, the solo album did not only manage to bring Ice Cube in the public attention, it also managed to make rap more popular and well received.
However, not everyone received the album with great praise. “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” was dismissed as being racist and misogynistic. Ice Cube released a second album only a year later. “Death Certificate” appeared in 1991 and received mixed reviews. The rapper was accused of antisemitism and misogyny once again.
Ice Cube net worth and popularity increased with the release of the following album. “The Predator” was released in November 1992 and sold more than three million copies in the United States alone. It remains the most popular and successful release of Ice Cube to this day.
Unfortunately, “The Predator” also marked a downfall in fame for O’Shea. His fourth album didn’t get good reviews from critics. This is the reason why in 1994 Ice Cube decided to take a hiatus from his music career. Instead of releasing new albums, he wanted to focus on movies and helping out other rappers.
It was only in 1998 that Ice Cube returned with another solo album. “War & Peace Vol. 1” was followed by Volume two much later, in 2000. The two releases disappointed old fans who claimed Ice Cube’s work didn’t rise to their expectations. However, this didn’t stop the rapper to embark on a tour in 2000 alongside Snoop Dog, Eminem, and Dr. Dre.
Six years later, O’Shea created a new solo album entitled “Laugh now, cry later” with which he debuted on the fourth place on the Billboard Charts. Ice Cube’s eighth album was released in August 2008 and was followed by his ninth solo album two years later. None of these were particularly successful, with fans still claiming the rapper was not up to par.
TV and movie career
No stranger to the small screen, Ice Cube begun his ventures in acting back in 1992. He debuted in “Boyz n the Hood” as Doughboy. Shortly after, he also appeared in “Trespass” by Walter Hill and “The Glass Shield”.
Encouraged by John Singleton, Ice Cube took a shot at screenwriting. He wrote the screenplay for “Friday”, the 1995 comedy. The movie had a budget of $3.5 million and managed to earn $28 million all around the world. Ice Cube’s debut in screenwriting was so good, he actually had to write two more sequels: “Next Friday” and “Friday after next”.
In 1997, the rapper appeared in “Dangerous ground”, a thriller in which he played an exiled South African. He also played in “Anaconda” in the same year. In the following years he was busy writing, playing and producing several movies, including “Three Kings” (in which he appeared alongside Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney), “Barbershop”, “All about the Benjamins” and “Torque”. Ice Cube net worth kept increasing with each role and screenplay he took care of. However, it will never exceed the fortune of Julia Louis-Dreyfus who played Elain in “Seinfeld”.
In 2005, Ice Cube starred in “XXX: State of the Union”, an action movie, and two family comedies: “Are we done yet?” and “Are we there yet?” Together with comedian Kevin Hart, O’Shea starred in “Ride Along” in 2014. The movie turned out to be a box office hit, which prompted a sequel. “Ride along 2” is expected to hit the screens in 2017.
What else helped the American rapper increase his net worth? Ice Cube branched out and created a clothing line called Solo by Cube. This comprises sweatshirts with hoods that boast built-in headphones. O’Shea is no stranger to endorsements either. The commercials for Coors Light beer and acting as a representative for St Ides malt liquor helped Ice Cube net worth skyrocket and reach $140 million in 2017.
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