O’Shea Jackson Sr., known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and filmmaker. 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. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. Ice Cube is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap. He was ranked number 8 on MTV’s list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time. AllMusic has called him one of hip-hop’s best and most controversial artists,as well as “one of rap’s greatest storytellers”.
For Me Rappers And Dancers Are Poets And Artists And Often Times The Most Interesting Performances Are Given By Them.
There's Never Really Been A Real Hood Christmas Movie.
Doing It Your Own Way, Not Having To Go Exactly By The Book To Be Successful.
I Have A Really Beautiful Life Right Now, So There Is No Reason To Be Hostile. I'm A Husband, A Father And A Man Who Tries To Do The Right Thing In Life And In My Work.
I Think I'm Unique To The Game 'Cause Of My Versatility.
I Think, To Me, Reality Is Better Than Being Fake.
Don't Worry About Being A Star, Worry About Doing Good Work, And All That Will Come To You.
I Have A Lot Of Milestones That I'm Proud Of When It Comes To Music, 'Amerikkka's Most Wanted,' I'm Extremely Proud Of That. Just Because Of What I Had To Go Through To Get That Music Produced, That Album Produced.
I Think Rap Music Is Brought Up, Gangster Rap In Particular, As Well As Video Games, Every Other Thing They Try To Hang The Ills Of Society On As A Scapegoat.
What I Learned From Architectural Drafting Is That Everything Has To Have A Plan To Work. You Just Can't Wing It. I Can't Get All The Materials I Need For A House And Just Start Building. Whether It's A Career, Family, Life - You Have To Plan It Out.
I Used To Game A Lot, You Know, Back In The Day. My Gaming Time Done Got So Short That My Skills Ain't Where They Need To Be To Be Online, You Know What I'm Saying? I Just Got That Xbox One. I Gotta Get My Skills Back, Up The Par To Call Myself A Gamer.
You Don't Wanna Mess Up What You've Done. It's Like Jordan Coming Back: You're Scared To Mess Up The Legacy.
I Never Was In The Nation Of Islam... I Mean, What I Call Myself Is A Natural Muslim, 'Cause It's Just Me And God. You Know, Going To The Mosque, The Ritual And The Tradition, It's Just Not In Me To Do. So I Don't Do It.
But With Rap Music - Not Just N.w.a. - But Rap Music In General, Seeing These Artists Wearing These Team Logos All The Time Started Bringing A Synergy And Energy About Having To Rep Your City, Your Team, Everywhere And All The Time.
I Think Reading Is Important In Any Form. I Think A Person Who's Trying To Learn To Like Reading Should Start Off Reading About A Topic They Are Interested In, Or A Person They Are Interested In.
I Have Great People, Smart People That Are Around Me And We Love The Challenge. I Guess It's Like Climbing A Mountain Or Building A Building. It's A Challenge But You Love Every Challenge That It Brings Or Presents Itself.
Music Is Where I Have The Most Creative Freedom, But I Love Producing. To Me, That's Kind Of Where All The Action Is. You Get A Chance To Have Your Hands In Every Aspect Of A Film. From Picking A Director, Sometimes Picking A Writer, To The Actors, The Wardrobe, Set Design, Editing, Music, And Marketing.
The Thing Is With Hip-hop, It Has Its Waves And The Waves Crash Against The Beach And The New Waves Come In. So To Stay Relevant You Have To Roll With That.
I Used To Love To Draw. I Didn't Want To Go To Art Class Because I Felt That Would Be Too Corny When I Was Young, But Architectural Drafting Was The Cool Thing To Do Because There Was More Precision. It Taught Me A Lot About Building And Structures And Doorways And Frames And Windowsills.
Anything That Got To Do With A Pig, I Ain't Eatin'.
I Make A Mean Cup Of Coffee, If You Give Me The Right Ingredients.
Obama Reminds Me Of The Black Kid At A White School That Don't Nobody Want To Play With.
Truth Is The Ultimate Power. When The Truth Comes Around, All The Lies Have To Run And Hide.
I'm Trying To Cut Down A Little On Eating, On Sodium, Keep My Blood Pressure Down, Which Is Tough. Because I Love Food! I Do, But It's Unfair How Everything That's Bad For You Tastes So Good, And All The Good Stuff, Veggies And Green Things, Doesn't Match Up.
If It Was All About Me, I'd Do A Whole Lot Of Pop Records, Make A Whole Lot Of Money, Just Rake In The Dough. But It's Never Been All About Me. It's All About Being A Voice For The Voiceless. People Who Can't Speak For Themselves, Who Don't Have A Mic, Don't Have A Say.
Gangsta To Us Didn't Have Anything To Do With Al Capone And Stuff Like That. It's Just About Living Your Life The Way You Want To Live It. And You're Not Going To Let Nothing Stop You.
The Silver And Black May Have Another Home, But The Raiders Will Always Belong To The People Of Los Angeles.
Even Though I Have A Nice House, Nice Family, The Rest Of My Generation Is Still In South Central L.a. My Cousins, My Brothers, My Sisters, They Don't Wanna Move Out. They Don't Want To And They Don't Have The Means To Sustain It. That's Where My Heart Is And That's What I Think About All The Time.
Quincy Jones' Autobiography 'Q' Is Very Good. Because He's A Master At Music, He's One Of Our Greatest Composers, And Its Good For Him To Have A Book And Tell The Good Ole Days When He Was With Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan And Ray Charles.
There's A Lot Of Talent In South Central L.a., In Compton And Long Beach And Watts, And The City North Of Pico Pretty Much Sits Back And Waits For That Talent To Emerge And Then Steps In.
I Don't Get Nothing But Love. In Every Ghetto All Over The World. Nothing But Love. They Respect That I Came Outta There And I'm Doing It The Right Way. You Can't Do Nothing But Respect That.
My Thing Is, I Know Kids Cuss, They Do Their Thing, But I Tell My Kids, 'Don't Do It In Earshot Of Any Adults, Or You're In Trouble.'
I Never Get Tired Of 'It Was A Good Day' References Or Jokes Or Anything Like That. It's Just, You Know, Keeping My Biggest Hit Alive. Nothing Wrong With That.
My Grandmother Worked At One Of Those Bel-air Mansions, And We Would Go - Not Too Often, But Every Now And Then - To Pick Her Up. Hollywood Was Probably 12 Miles From My House, But It Might As Well Have Been A Million Miles Away. The Only Time I Saw That World Was On Tv. Until I Started Making Records.
I Definitely Support Cop Acting More Than Cops, But All Of Them Ain't Bad, Just Some Of Them.
I Go Light On Breakfast. Sometimes It's A Yogurt, But A Lot Of Times It's Leftovers From One Of My Wife's Dinners.
I Believe How You Measure A Good Movie Is How Many Times You Can See It. With Comedies, I Like To Be A Producer, Because Comedies Can Get Corny And Go Off Track Real Fast. I'm Always The 'Less Is More' Guy When It Comes To A Scene. So I'ma Be The One Who Will Keep It Grounded.
With Film, I Have To Be A Team Player; It's A Whole Different Thing. I Can't Just Be A One-man Show. I Have To Learn How To Use People To The Best Of Their Ability And Motivate Them To Be As Passionate About The Project As I Am.
Some People Have A Taboo About Doing Advertising In The States. You Know, Where They Kind Of Make Their Bread And Butter. But To Me, That's Crazy.
I Was A Very Interested Arts Student, I Was Always Into That Part Of School And When I Got Into High School I Went Into Architectural Drafting. It Gave Me An Understanding Of How To Build Things And It's Really Helped Me Put Things In Perspective. With My Music And My Movies, To Me It's All Art.
I Remember Wishing There Was Snow In L.a. And How Jealous We Used To Get Of Those Christmas Specials With Kids Playing In The Snow.
The Best Thing I've Done With My Money Is Buy A House For My Family. You Wake Up To A House You Love And You Feel Like Somebody.
It's Funny How People Who Ain't Never Been Down There Can Think That America Is So Fair And That We Should Be Alright. It's Funny That The People Who Have Their Foot On Our Neck Are Telling Us, 'Get Up. What's Wrong With You?'
Sometimes When You're Relegated To Your Neighborhood, You Forget That There's More Important Things Than Your Neighborhood Going On Out In The World.
I've Done Movies For Certain Reasons; I Did 'Anaconda' Because The Black Man Lives. Simple. The Black Man Isn't Dead In The First Three Pages, Like Jurassic Park. It's Like, 'The Black Man Kills The Snake With A Latino Girl? Damn! I Got To Do This.'
Rap Is Always Evolving. It's Easy For The Old School To Hate The New School, But It's A Music That Got A Little Stifled I Think, By The Internet A Little Bit.
My Worst Ever Car Was A Green Datsun B210, Back When They Called It 'Datsun' - Now It's 'Nissan.' Very Unsexy, Unattractive. Girls Hated The Car. I Was Embarrassed To Even Be In It... But It Was My Transportation.
I Wake Up At 5:30, 6 In The Morning, But Don't Head Into The Office Right Away. I Like To Hang Out With My Wife, Talk About Things, Get Some Coffee, You Know.
Sports Without Music, It's Nothing But A Game. Music Adds The Emotion.
I Still Enjoy Doing Music. I'm Not Going To Stop Doing It, And Doing It The Way That I Feel It Should Be Done.