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O’Shea Jackson Sr. (born June 15, 1969), known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker.
Cube was born on June 15, 1969 in South Central Los Angeles, the son of Doris, a hospital clerk and custodian, and Hosea Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at UCLA and a machinist.
He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal rap group N.W.A.
He’s noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper.
He’s Ice Cube and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.
FUN FACT: Ice Cube is also the cousin of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien who started his career writing for Cubes group Da Lench Mob
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1. Respect what you’re doing
In his early teens, he developed an interest in hip hop music, and began writing raps.
2. Be proactive
He penned his first rap song in the ninth grade after a friend challenged him to write a song during the middle of keyboarding class.
3. Be yourself
At the age of 16, he sold his first song to future N.W.A. member Eazy-E.
4. Deliver your message
Being passionate about architecture, he majored in architectural drafting.
5. Care about your core fans
With friend Sir Jinx, Ice Cube formed the C.I.A., and they performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre.
6. Be real
He was the only member of N.W.A who is not from Compton, California (where it was formed).
7. Make your life better
After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films.
8. Do the unexpected
He’s considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap.
9. Create your own path
He was ranked #8 on MTV’s list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time.
10. Have fun
In 2012, The Source ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
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