Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube is a hip-hop artist, lyricist, screenwriter, director, and producer, who has an estimated worth of $120 million. Originally a member of the group C.I.A. that included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube moved to N.W. A., but toward the end of 1989, he found himself at odds with the manager of the group over the terms of his contract; therefore, he went out on his own.
With his music, he is known as being "brutally honest" and writes provocatively on political and racial subjects, and has been accused of being anti-white, anti-semitic, and misogynistic. Nevertheless, his recordings have been extremely successful. To date, he has received the following music awards:
- VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, 2006
- BET Hip-Hop Awards, 2009
As a screenwriter/director/producer, Ice Cube has been involved in nearly twenty movies, playing lead roles frequently. Among his better known roles are that of Darin "Doughboy" Baker in Boys N the Hood. He was also a regular for years on the Law and Order television series. To date, he has received the following film awards:
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action Team (Three Kings), 2000
- MECCA Movie Award for Acting, 2006
Ice Cube also has a clothing line, "Solo by Cube"; one item is a hoodie with earphones built into the hood strings.