By: Symone Daniels
HOLLYWOOD — A huge congratulations is in order for rapper and actor O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, who received a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Monday. During his acceptance speech, Ice Cube dedicated the star to everyone who has helped him get to the next level.
“You don’t get here by yourself. When you’re coming up doing music, movies, just trying to be creative, you never figure you will be on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame one day so, today really isn’t about Ice Cube, it’s about all the people who helped me get here.”
Ice Cube received his star just three days shy of his 48th birthday. During a recent appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Ice Cube announced that a fourth part for his movie, “Friday,” is in the works.
Ice Cube began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal rap group N.W.A . After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and starred in John Singleton’s films “Boyz n the Hood” and “Higher Learning,” then went on to star alongside Jennifer Lopez in the thriller, “Anaconda.”
Ice Cube moved on up and started creating his own projects, gaining mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money with his successful “Friday” and “Barbershop” franchises, and received critical acclaim for the record-breaking “Straight Out Of Compton,” which starred his doppelganger son, Oshea Jackson Jr.
Adding to his credits, Ice Cube was ranked number 8 on MTV‘s list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, and All Music named him one of hip-hop’s best and most controversial artists, as well as “one of rap’s greatest storytellers.” In 2012, The Source ranked him number 14 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time.
How’s that for a “boy” from the hood?