Ice Cube’s massive net worth is estimated to be around $160 million, as of 2020.
This rapper, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur has made a great fortune by embracing a diversified career path along the years.
Born O’Shea Jackson, he is one of those rappers from humble beginnings who eventually used sheer effort and determination to become celebrities.
Ice Cube came to limelight when his solo album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” made instant hit and commercial success.
He has also released a lot of other albums that made instant hits as well. Apart from music he is also associated with many movies that have made huge success as well.
|Net Worth:||$160 Million (USD)|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Rapping, Acting, Writing, Producer, Director|
|Full Name:||O’Shea Jackson|
|Also known as:||Ice Cube|
|Date of Birth:||June 15, 1969|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Height:||5ft 8in (173 cm)|
|Years Active:||1986 to present|
Source of Wealth
Ice Cube’s source of wealth is mainly from the sale of his songs and albums. He also made a lot of money from the various musical tours he has embarked around the world.
He has also made a lot of money from his acting career. He has appeared in many blockbuster movies along the years.
Apart from the above, he is an entrepreneur and has been running successful business ventures.
For example, he runs Cube Visions, a television and film production company. He is also one of the founders of the BIG3 Basketball League.
According to Forbes, he recently made a part bid of a $10 billion stake of Disney to acquire over twenty Regional Sports Networks (RSN) and start airing original content from celebrities.
Other partners include Carolyn Rafaelian, Magic Johnson, and Will Smith.
Ice Cube also has a clothing line called Solo by Cube.
This top performer also makes money from brand endorsements and deals with businesses and companies.
Ice Cube’s real name is O’Shea Jackson. He was born on the 15th of June, 1969. He was born in Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles.
His father’s name is Hosea Jackson, a groundskeeper, and machinist who worked at UCLA. His mother’s name is Doris. She was a hospital clerk and custodian.
Ice has an older brother. His half-sister was murdered when he was 12 years old. He has cousins who are also into music.
One is Teren Delvon Jones with the stage name of Del Tha Funky Homosapien, a member of the rap group “Hieroglyphics”. The other is known as Kam who is a member of the music group “The Warzone”.
He attended George Washington Preparatory High School in the Westmont section of unincorporated Los Angeles County, California.
He won a songwriting contest against a friend named “Kiddo” when he was in the ninth grade. He also attended William Howard Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California.
After his high school education, Ice Cube enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology to study architectural drafting. He obtained a diploma after one year from the institution.
He returned to Los Angeles after his education in Arizona to start a career in rap while still working an architectural draftsman as a career backup.
1986: Ice Cube alongside his friend Sir Jinx formed a musical group known as the C.I.A (Cru’ In Action!). This group performed and worked at nightclubs and parties hosted by Dr. Dre.
Following the outstanding performance of Ice Cube and his group, Dr. Dre employed him to assist with writing songs for his “World Class Wreckin’ Cru”.
1987: Ice Cube and C.I.A collaborated with Dr. Dre to produce “My Posse”. The track was under his group C.I.A. Dr.Dre produced this song.
He also joined the N.W.A. other members include Dr.Dre and MC Ren.
1988: “Straight Outta Compton” the landmark album of the N.W.A was released.
1989: Ice Cube left the N.W.A group after Jerry Keller, the group’s manager, underpaid him and claimed that Ice Cube was not an official member of the group.
1990: Ice Cube released his first solo album after leaving the N.W.A group. This album is “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”. The album was an instant hit and increased Ice Cube’s popularity. However, the album was criticized for misogyny and racism content.
This year he also released an EP titled “Kill At Will”. This EP was also an instant hit and it became the first EP to go Platinum.
1991: Ice Cube released his second album titled “Death Certificate”. This album was also controversial as critics labeled it misogynist and anti-Semitic. However, this album also increased Ice Cube’s popularity.
1992: This year, Ice Cube toured with Lollapalooza to widen his fan base. He also released his third album titled “The Predator”. This album debuted at number one on both the pop and R&B Charts.
It made history as the first album to top both charts. Above all, this album became Ice Cube’s most commercially successful albums. It actually sold over three million copies.
1993: The fourth album of Ice Cube titled “Lethal Injection” was released this year. Songs like “Really Doe”, “Bop Gun (One Nation)”, “You Know How We Do It” & “What Can I Do?” were very successful.
1994: Ice Cubes took a hiatus from music this year. However, he concentrated his energy and talent in acting and film work. He also helped upcoming artists like Da Lench Mob, Kausion, Mack 10, and Mr. Short Khop to develop their music careers.
Ice Cube also reunited with Dr. Dre who has left N.W.A and now part of Death Row Records. Both artists did a duet titled “Natural Born Killaz”.
1996: Ice Cube alongside Mack 10 and WC formed the Westside Connection. They released an album called Bow Down.
1998: His fifth album titled “War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc)” was released this year.
2000: Ice Cube released his sixth album “Volume 2″ this year. “Volume 2” featured the reunion of fellow N.W.A. members like Dr. Dre and MC Ren and appearances from Westside Connection. He also joined Dr. Dre, Eminem & Snoop Dogg for the Up in Smoke Tour
2006: Ice Cube released his seventh album titled “Laugh Now, Cry Later”. This album was released under Lench Mob Records Label.
It was a success as it sold 144,000 units in the first week, and it debuted at number four on the Billboard Charts.
2008: The eighth studio album from Ice Cube was released this year. The album “Raw Footage” was released on August 2008. This album featured a controversial single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It”.
2009: As a tribute to the Oakland Raiders, Ice Cube released a non-album track titled “Raider Nation”.
2010: He was voted the “greatest emcees of all time.” This year he also released a “30 for 30” documentary titled “Straight Outta L.A.”. This documentary was about the relationship between the gangsta rap in Los Angeles and the tenure of the Raiders in L.A.
Ice Cube’s ninth album titled “I Am the West” was released in September of this year. The album featured a single called “I Rep That West”. This single sold more than 22,000 copies in its first week. It also debuted at number 22 on the Billboard 200.
2012: As part of Pepsi’s NFL Anthems campaign, Ice Cube released his second anthem titled “Come and Get it” for the Oakland Raiders.
2018: The tenth studio album titled “Everythang’s Corrupt” was released on December 2018.
Ice Cube is married with four children. In 1992, he married Kimberly Woodruff.
The couple have two sons and two daughters. Their sons’ names and birthdate are O’Shea Jr. (born in 1991) and Darrell (born in 1992). The daughters are Kareema (born in 1994) and Shareef (born in 1995).
Ice Cube is a Muslim as he converted to Islam in the mid-1990s when he was associated with the Nation of Islam. However, in an interview, he was quoted as saying that religion is stupid, and he might change religions three or four times before he dies.
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