If you've seen any of the Friday movies (which I hope you have and if you haven't, you're missing out,) then you are quite familiar with Ice Cube. Ice Cube was the lead singer and co-founder of the hip-hop group N.W.A (Niggaz With Attitude) in the 1980s. If you aren't familiar with N.W.A you should definitely consider checking out their first album Straight Outta Compton. It is considered to be one of the most influential rap albums of all time. They were the start of "Gangsta Rap". N.W.A consisted of many rappers that you may be familiar with such as Dr. Dre (Who helped discover the controversial Caucasian rapper Eminem) and Ice-T who also is also a rapper turned actor. You can catch him on an episode of Law & Order : SVU .
Later on Ice Cube put out some of his own solo albums, which were just as successful as any of N.W.A's. ( Amerikka's Most Wanted, Lethal Injection and War & Peace, vols. 1 and 2)
However Ice Cube searched for a little taste of something else when he stepped into the acting world in his debut film, Boyz N the Hood. This film focuses on the troubles in inner-city Los Angeles socially and as three friends with different dreams grow up together and try to reach their goals.
Boyz N the Hood was just the start of Ice Cubes acting career and began to be his main focus of a career. Ever since the release of Boyz N the Hood Ice Cube has starred in over two dozen films. However Ice Cube is one of the very many rappers to step foot into the acting world.
In a later blog, I'll tell you all about Ice T.
Ice Cubes Career : Rap singer, producer, actor. Member of and writer for rap group N.W.A., 1986-89; solo artist, 1989-; solo albums include: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, 1990; Death Certificate, 1991; The Predator, 1992; Lethal Injection, 1993; War & Peace, Vol. 1 (The War Disc), 1998; War & Peace, Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc), 2000; formed record production company, Street Knowledge, 1990; produced for rapper Yo Yo; formed record production company, Lynch Mob, 1992; directed music videos, 1993; films include: Boyz N' the Hood, 1991; Trespass, 1993; CB4, 1993; Higher Learning, 1994; Friday, (also writer) 1995; Dangerous Ground, (also executive producer) 1997; Anaconda, 1997; Players Club, (also writer and director) 1998; I Got the Hook Up, 1998; Three Kings, 1999; Next Friday, (also writer) 2000; Shadow Man, 2000; Ghost of Mars, 2001; All About the Benjamins, 2001; formed movie production company, CubeVision.
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