Hip hop artist, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director. What a resume! Despite this, a mere six words still can’t fully describe one of hip hop’s most proficient lyricists of all time, Mr. O'Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson
With a career that spans nearly 30 years, The Los Angeles native began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the iconic N.W.A (N****s Wit Attitude), which also included fellow rapper/super producer Dr. Dre. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he established a successful solo career starting with his hit 1990 debut album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. He continued as an actor making his film debut in 1991’s Boyz N the Hood, which depicted life growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
Ice Cube is one of hip hop’s most lyrically gifted and controversial artists. He is also one of the greatest storytellers. His lyrics are entertaining and thought provoking; yet political violent. His brutal honesty has also cemented him as one of the founding artists of gangsta rap. In 2012, The Source ranked him #14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. He was also ranked #8 on MTV's list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time.
In later years, he expanded his prosperous resume with writer and producer credits. His most notable works to date include: Friday(1995), Next Friday(2000),Friday After Next(2002) writer, executive producer, The Players Club (1998) writer, director, executive producer, Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004) executive producer, Barbershop: The Series (2005) executive producer, Are We There Yet? (2005) producer, and Beauty Shop (2005) executive producer.
Fast forward to 2014. Ice Cube is now 44, with countless television and film credits under his belt. Although he has become a notable actor, many hardcore hip hop fans were missing the hip hop version of him. The wait is finally over.
Set for release in May of this year, his 10th album “Everythang’s Corrupt” is packed with the gritty and educational angst that only Cube can deliver. In the title track he commands attention while raising eyebrows in the process, with lyrics like,
“Its fishy, politicians smell like my bowels. Talkin' that s**t, really crampin' my style”
Throughout the song, Cube slams both the government, and polictal systems. He also sheds light on capitalism and showcases his frustration over the fact that the world has gone mad.
In the first verse, Ice Cube makes shocking revelations of how some of the most dependable people in each community; such as, teachers and preachers, can not be relied on nowadays.
“Go to school, the teacher wanna f**k the students
Go to church, my preacher turned to prostitution
The prosecution never read my files
That evil a** judge fell asleep at my trial”.
Despite the explicit language, “Everythang’s Corrupt” paints a vulgar, yet realistic picture of the fact that we can’t fully trust anyone, despite what we are led to believe. Ice Cube is back! Hip hop has truly missed him.