Celebrations are in order for Ice Cube. On Monday, the rapper turned actor and producer, became the latest celebrity to be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the ceremony, the rap icon thanked fans and family, as he was celebrated with kind words from friends and colleagues.
From now on, it’s Ice Cube Day
Monday was a big day for Ice Cube. The day was declared Ice Cube Day in Hollywood before his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was unveiled. The Music icon, actor, and producer, was honored with the 2,6014th star on the Hollywood Boulevard. Thanks to his long and varied career as a performer.
On Twitter ahead of the ceremony, Ice Cube thanked his fans by writing, “Toast to all my Day 1 Riders! If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Ice Cube was then joined by his family and friends at the ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony included speeches from Boyz n the Hood director, John Singleton, and rapper WC. It was attended by music and screen icons including N.W.A. bandmates Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, as well as Xzibit, Big Boi, Russell Simmons and Martin Lawrence.
Speaking to the gathered crowd with Ice Cube by his side, WC called the star “not just a rap icon but a friend, brother, loving father, husband, writer, actor and, oh yeah, a musical genius.”
“[Ice Cube is] someone who was never scared to go against the grain and willing to sacrifice his career in order to bring about change,” said WC, who grew up alongside the rapper. “Not just change within our community, but a change in the way that we thought.”
“The mark of a true man is how many people he influences in his lifetime,” Singleton said. “That’s how I see Cube.”
“You don’t get here by yourself”
The rapper was really thrilled about the special occasion and took a moment to thank those who played a role in his career.
“I’m so honored to be here, you know, it’s a great day… You know you don’t get here by yourself. When you’re coming up doing music, movies, just trying to be creative, you never figure you’ll be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one day,” he said.
Ice Cube then thanked fans who’ve been there from day one, he highlighted their support and understanding even throughout the most controversial projects. He then added the importance of music, “Music is not just about entertainment, but it’s about understanding. It’s about us understanding each other. It’s about us understanding the human condition and how it affects each one of us. ”
He moved on and thanked his individual family members and his children, sons O’Shea Jackson Jr., Darrel and Shareef, and daughters Karima and Deja. ,
Finally, he addressed his wife of 25 years, Kim. “She’s been everything to me, from a home girl to a muse, to a wife, to a confidante,” he said. “She’s been everything. She’s been a great mother to my kids and a great inspiration to the family.”
Long and varied career
Ice Cube, whose birth name is O’Shea Jackson, first attracted attention as a rapper and songwriter with the West Coast gangsta rap group N.W.A. in the late 1980s, writing lyrics for its groundbreaking songs “Straight Outta Compton,” “Gangsta, Gangsta” and “Express Yourself.”
The group made headlines and censor lists for its blunt lyrics about racist police in Los Angeles. He soon left the group for a solo career, releasing his first studio album in 1990, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.”
At the time of his first Hollywood movie role in 1991, Ice Cube already was a controversial hip-hop star. From that moment on, he has enjoyed success in Hollywood with several starring roles. He later appeared in the “Friday,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Ride Along” franchises, which he also produced, and such films as “Three Kings.”
He also appeared in the highly profitable Barbershop franchise, in which he starred and produced.
Ice Cube also was a producer of the 2015 N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” and directed the 1998 film, “The Players Club.”The Hollywood Walk of Fame honor comes at the same time Ice Cube is busy promoting his new hip-hop album, Death Certificate.
Death Certificate it’s his most recent album after ‘I Am The West’, which was released nearly seven years ago. After focusing for a while on his acting career, Ice Cube comes back with new tracks as a part of a 25th-anniversary reissue of his notorious 1991 album Death Certificate.