Perhaps one of the most unsung heroes of the African American community is Oshea Jackson professionally known as IceCube. Ice Cube, born June 15, 1969, is an African American rapper, actor, and filmmaker. The 52-year-old has been a foundational part of hip hop since shortly after its inception in the Bronx, NY.
The Embodiment of Hip Hop: IceCube
IceCube has been making rap music since the ‘80s and was pivotal in the emergence of gangster rap. The handsome cuddly patriarch was not always seen as a family man in movies rated PG. He was a young man full of passion, a rebel with plenty of cause. It is hard to praise IceCube as he ought to be praised in a single article, but here are some of his accomplishments in terms of filmography and discography:
1986: Rap group called C.I.A.
1986–1989: Rap Crew called N.W.A.
1989–1993: Early solo career, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Death Certificate, and The Predator
1993–1998: Lethal Injection and forming Westside Connection
1998–2006: War & Peace Vol. 1 & 2 and Westside Connection reunion
2006–2012: Laugh Now, Cry Later, Raw Footage, and I Am the West
2012–present: Everythang’s Corrupt and forming Mount Westmore
If Hip Hop Were a Person
This timeline is like an artery flowing through the body of Hip Hop. IceCube is the artist that never sold out, that never gave in, that went in and out with integrity. Icecube is known in the Nation of Islam for his communal engagement. He is a philanthropist as well as an activist as evidenced during the trump administration. He has been accused of being anti-semitic for calling out the oppression of the music industry and the specific handlers of the group that gave us “ F*** the police.”
If Hip Hop were a person they would have these experiences
The alphabet community (LAPD, CIA, FBI, COINTELPRO, etc.) wanted IceCube in the worst way until around 1999 his film career went from Friday and the Player’s Club to family comedies proving that he was not a thug without morality, but rather an All-American patriarch seeking the self-realization we call The American Dream.
Oshea ” IceCube” Jackson
His brother threatened him as a child saying he would slam him into the freezer refusing to let him out until he became an IceCube, the name stuck. Icecube has been here for almost every part of hip hop. The growing pains, its rewards and is still here living in its uncertain future. He is our cultural treasure; as an embodiment of African American manhood, he is our honor. If Hip Hop was a person it would look like a man who can rap, hustle, scare politicians with the sharpness of his mind, and have his own son star as himself in an iconic movie emblematic of the culture: Straight outta Compton.