Today, we’re going to be looking at rap, acting, and money.
Specifically, we’ll be looking at Ice Cube net worth.
Ice Cube, and no, we aren’t talking about the cubes of frozen water used to make your drinks cold and delicious, is one of the most famous musicians and actors on the face of the earth.
He has entertained fans for many decades now and is still going strong to this day.
For aspiring rappers, musicians, actors, and entrepreneurs in general, Ice Cube is a man who can definitely be considered a role model.
In terms of Ice Cube’s net worth, we’ll be looking at how much he is currently believed to be worth, how he became one of the most famous rappers, musicians, and actors in the world, and exactly how he makes his money.
So, without any further ado, let’s find out a little more about who Ice Cube really is and what is Ice Cube net worth.
Who Is Ice Cube?
Ice Cube is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur who is one of the most famous celebrities on the face of the earth.
Having been in the eye of the mainstream public since the 1980s, Ice Cube is still considered to be one of the most famous people in the world.
Born O’Shea Jackson Snr, he rose to fame in the 80s, as part of the revolutionary, and ground-breaking hip hop bands N.W.A.
Before the N.W.A he was part of the C.I.A. No, not the Central Intelligence Agency, but rather, the Hip Hop group.
Whereas he started his career as a musician, namely a rapper, he is now better known as an actor.
His notable appearances on film include his roles in the Barbershop movies, 21 and 22 Jump Street, and the Ride Along with series.
We’ll be looking at his music and movie career in more detail a little later on.
For now, though, let’s take a look at precisely where Ice Cube came from.
Like many successful rappers, Ice Cube’s rise to fame is very much a rags to riches story.
He was born O’Shea Jackson Snr, on the 15th of June, 1969.
He was born in Baldwin Hills, South Central L.A.
Because of where he was born and raised, Ice Cube found himself getting into trouble as a youngster, though nothing too serious.
He was perhaps best described as being ‘mischievous’ as a youngster.
He was interested in music from a young age, and he began penning raps at school, and in his free time.
During a keyboard class, one of his classmates in the 9th grade challenged him to pen a rap.
He did, and subsequently, the classmate, known as ‘kiddo’ lost the pseudo rap battle.
When he was 16 years of age, Ice Cube sold his very first rap to Eazy-E, who himself would become a member of the N.W.
Along with Ice Cube, later down the line.
Despite being interested in music, he also showed a real passion for architecture and enrolled in school to study architectural drafting.
In just one year he had completed his diploma before heading back to L.A to pursue a career in rap once more.
He had a plan in place for if his music career didn’t work out, as he intended to work as an architect.
Rap, however, remained his main goal.
Origins Of His Name:
Many people often wonder why Jackson decided to name himself Ice Cube.
After all, it wasn’t particularly intimidating, or inventive, and it certainly wasn’t something that was associated with rap or hip hop. Well, it’s actually quite a humorous story.
Basically, Jackson was quoted as saying he called himself Ice Cube because, after getting into an argument with his brother as a child, his brother threatened to lock him in a freezer, and not let him out until he’d turned into an ice cube.
The name just stuck from there.
Before we get to the net worth facts, we’ll first look at Ice Cube’s music career and how he got started.
After returning to LA, Ice Cube, along with his friend Sir Jinx, formed a Hip Hop band by the name of C.I.A.
The band actually performed at parties hosted by none other than Dr. Dre himself.
Dre was just breaking into the business, and he started out as part of World Class Wreckin’ Cru.
Dre saw that it was Ice Cube who was putting most of the creativity into creating the tracks, and so he had Cube assist him in writing a number of tracks for the band, including their hit ‘Cabbage Patch’.
He and Dre became good buddies and would collaborate.
In fact, when Dre was DJ’ing at clubs, Ice Cube would often rap over Dre’s music.
In 1987, things really started to take off for Ice Cube. He released a single entitled My Posse.
The track was well received and ultimately Cube showed Eazy-E the lyrics to Boys-N-The-Hood.
Eazy-E initially wasn’t impressed but allowed Cube to perform the single with the N.W.
As a collaboration.
Ice Cube was initially a guest in the N.W.
And as he was the only member of the group not from Compton.
He, however, would go on to become a full-time member of the group a year later.
Ice Cube primarily worked as a lyricist for the group, and he wrote the lyrics for the group’s smash hit album ‘Straight Outta’ Compton’.
In 1989, though, Ice Cube and the group’s manager Jeffrey Heller were at odds because of a contractual dispute.
You see, despite Ice Cube having written the lyrics for half of Eazy-E’s solo album, and ‘Straight Outta’ Compton’ Ice Cube received just $32,000 because, in his contract, he wasn’t technically a member of the N.W.A.
Cube left the group and filed a lawsuit against Heller, which was settled outside of court for an undisclosed sum of money.
The rest of the group would subsequently verbally attack cube on their final two albums.
Life After The N.W.A
Now a solo artist, Cube began work on his first solo album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.
The album was produced under the ‘Bomb Squad’ who was Public Enemy’s production team.
It dropped in May of 1990 and was a huge success.
Many consider this album to be a catalyst in the increase in popularity of rap and hip hop.
Ice Cube would go on to form his very own record label.
He also, in the same year, released Kill at Will, which was his second album, and the first to go platinum.
In 1992 he released The Predator, his third album, which also gained huge success because of the fact that he brought race and politics into his lyrics, as he rapped about the recent race riots.
The album debuted at the number 1 spot.
This was huge as it was the first album in history to ever make the number 1 spot in the charts in its debut.
This is still his most successful commercial album, and rightfully so.
In terms of net worth, the success of this album certainly played a huge role in making him his millions, but more on that later.
Back With Dre
In 1994, Ice Cube had buried the hatchet with Dr. Dre, and the two found themselves working together once more.
They worked together on Natural Born Killaz.
For the next few years, his music career to a backseat until 1998, when he released his fifth album War and Peace Vol 1. Vol 2 was released in 2000.
These albums were interesting as they featured appearances by Dr. Dre, and Mc Ren, who were both former members of the N.W.A.
In the year 2000, Ice Cube was named in the Up in Smoke Tour, with Dre Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem.
He would go on to release other albums over the years, though critics agreed that his best work in the music business, was behind him.
Film And TV Career
Now, you might expect Ice Cube to feel down about the fact that his musical talents may have been dwindling, but Ice Cube didn’t have time to worry about such trivial matters, because he was busy carving out a career for himself in the world of TV and film.
This role earned him critical acclaim.
He would go on to appear alongside Bill Paxton, and Ice-T in the action movie Trespass, followed by Glass Shield.
In 1993, he was offered a role to star alongside Janet Jackson in a romantic movie entitled Poetic Justice.
Ice Cube turned down this role, and ultimately it went to Tupac Shakur instead.
By now, Cube was being encouraged to try his hand at screenwriting.
After all, he had a real talent for writing rap songs, so why not write films and TV screenplays?
After encouragement from John Singleton, Ice Cube wrote a screenplay that would ultimately go on to become the 1995 comedy Friday, in which he also starred.
Friday had a $3.5 million budget and earned more than $35 million worldwide, which back then, was a heck of a lot of money.
The movie spawned two sequels ‘Next Friday’ and ‘Friday After Next’ which did okay, but not as great as the first, but then again, not many sequels do.
He would go on to feature in films such as Dangerous Ground, Anaconda, and Three Kings.
In 2002, he went back to comedy and starred in Barbershop and All About the Benjamins.
Shortly after that, the third Friday movie Friday After Next was released.
As the years went by, he featured in action roles and comedy roles, including XXX: State of the Union.
Recently he appeared in comedy roles in movies such as: Are We There Yet?
Ride Along, and 21 Jump Street, as well as Barbershop: The Final Cut, and Fist Fight.
Whilst these movies certainly weren’t academy award-worthy, they were, nonetheless, considered to be good family fun.
How Does He Make His Money?
As we’re looking at the net worth facts, it’s about time we spoke about money.
Well, needless to say, considering he’s been in the public eye since the 1980s and is still going strong, he’s certainly doing okay on the financial front.
Ice Cube made the majority of his money from his music and acting career.
However, he has also worked as a director, producer, screenwriter, and fashion designer.
He has his very own fashion line entitled Solo by Cube, which features a host of fashionable items including hooded sweatshirts which actually feature headphones built into the hood strings.
He also earned a pretty penny from advertisements and endorsements.
Since the year 2011, Ice Cube has appeared in ads for Coors Light Beer.
He also was a spokesperson for St.
Ides Malt Liquor until recently.
Ice Cube Net Worth:
So, the moment of truth, just how much is the rapper/actor/entrepreneur known as Ice Cube, currently worth.
Well, currently, it is believed that he has a net worth of more than $160 Million.
This would make him one of the richest rappers and celebrities in the world.
When you consider the fact that he’s had a nearly four-decade career, and he is still very relevant in the public eye, it’s easy to understand why.
He took a chance when going solo decades ago, and that chance most definitely paid dividends.