Ice Cube has been looking at untouched topics since his emergence with N.W.A in the late 1980s. As the lyrical mastermind behind N.W.A., the group’s "Straight Outta Compton" launched the gangster rap revolution; and Ice Cube’s solo material, including undeniably early 1990s classic albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and Death Certificate, solidified his place as rap’s most important and socially aware artist.
Soon after, Ice Cube became a major Hollywood force. He is the star, producer and catalyst for the Friday and Barbershop film franchises. He has become one of the most bankable actors, thanks to his charismatic turns in box-office hits such as First Sunday, Are We There Yet?, Are We Done Yet?, Boyz’N the Hood and Three Kings, to name a few.
As his stature in the film world increased, Ice Cube has remained prolific in music, with 14 releases as a solo artist and as a member of the group Da Lench Mob, Westside Connection. His hits include the blockbuster 2006 release Laugh Now, Cry Later, the first album Ice Cube released on his own Lench Mob Records and the most successful independent hip-hop release of 2006.
In 2007, Ice Cube partnered with the prestigious McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., to establish an annual music scholarship. The Ice Cube Scholarship will be awarded to one student annually in the music technology department. Ice Cube will personally select each winner judged on the creativity, talent and skill in developing a song based on elements he provides. Also in 2007, Ice Cube and long-time collaborator DJ Pooh announced the launch of UVNTV.com, the world’s first real-time streaming television network online.