Happy 46th Birthday O’Shea Jackson, Sr. AKA ICE CUBE
(born June 15, 1969)
Ice cube is a timeless rapper, record producer, respected actor and filmmaker, but there was a time when he was solely on a mission to feed ‘Street Knowledge’ to the world. He had built a name for himself early on, but his real talents weren’t really recognized being a part of a group setting with NWA. Due to a falling out with the group, it allowed Ice Cube to create and grow to his full potential. After the break up, He released his debut album that would not only influence hip hop in a major way but also be the catalyst of who ICE CUBE is today.
Lets take a moment to look into the creation of the 25 year old ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’
Ice Cube began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined N.W.A
After leaving N.W.A in December 1989 after a very publicized and heated riff over contracts with Ruthless Records, He linked up with Sir Jinx, Dr. Dre’s cousin and Cube made use of pre-written notebooks of songs meant for N.W.A. member/Ruthless co-founder Eazy- E and released his debut album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted .
“So when I went solo, I was like I wanted Dr. Dre to do AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, but Jerry Heller vetoed that…and I’m pretty sure Eazy didn’t want Dre to do it, But Dre did want to do it; we gotta put that on record. Dre wanted to do my record, but it was just too crazy with the break-up of N.W.A.” —Ice Cube, “Ice Cube, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted Retrospective [20 Years Later]”, XXL
Ice Cube continued to release more albums speaking on social times and controversial subject matter and is known as one of the G.O.A.Ts and Founding Fathers of Gangsta Rap.