ICE CUBE (Kyle Timkins) is unquestionably one of the most dynamic forces in both
film and music. Starting his career in the ground breaking and controversial rap
group NWA and breaking out as the group's first platinum selling solo artist,
Ice Cube seamlessly transitioned to movie star status with his debut in the 1991
film Boyz n the Hood. To date, his films have generated over a billion dollars
at the box office - his albums have sold over 10 million copies.
He recently starred opposite Keke Palmer in The Longshots, based on the true
story of 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer, honor student and national wrestling
champion who became the first female to play quarterback in the Pop Warner
football tournament in 2003.
The film debuted the same week as the release of his eighth solo album, Raw
Footage, which debuted #1 on the US Rap and R&B charts. These releases also came
within days of completion of Janky Promoters, which Cube not only starred in,
but also wrote the screenplay and produced. Earlier in 2008, he produced and
starred with Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan in the hit comedy, First Sunday,
directed by David E. Talbert for Screen Gems.
An acclaimed actor, Cube began his transition to the other side of the camera
when he wrote, produced and starred in the 1995 cult hit Friday. The now classic
comedy spawned a successful franchise with the release of Next Friday in 2000
and Friday After Next in 2002. The Friday franchise has generated around $200
million with combined theatrical, home video, soundtrack and DVD revenues to
Another acting coup came for Cube with the critically acclaimed Three Kings in
which he starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. He received excellent
reviews for his performance in the film, which was picked as one of the Ten Best
Films of 1999 by Time, Newsweek and the National Board of Review. Other film
credits include xXx 2: The Next Level, Joseph Kahn's Torqu,;Anaconda, Trespass,
The Glass Shield, Higher Learning and Dangerous Ground.
Cube heads his own production company, Cube Vision, through which he has
produced or executive produced nine films. In addition to the Friday series,
they include Barbershop 2: Back To Business, the sequel to the original film
Barbershop, both of which he starred in for MGM, as well as Beauty Shop,
starring Queen Latifah. Cube Vision also produced The Players Club, which marked
Cube's directorial debut.
In 2003, Cube Vision signed a deal with Revolution Studios (and Columbia
Pictures) with its first release being the family comedy Are We There Yet?, in
which Cube produced and starred. The film grossed over $80 million domestically
followed by the 2007 release of Are We Done Yet?, which grossed over $50
million. In 2010, the television series Are We There Yet? began airing on TBS,
with Cube as the executive producer.
As his presence in the film world has increased, Ice Cube has remained prolific
in the music realm. His thriving music career includes the double-platinum
success of Volumes 1 and 2 of his double album, "War and Peace." As a solo
artist, Cube has recorded such hit albums as "Lethal Injection," "Bootlegs &
B-Sides," "The Predator," and "Amerikkka's Most Wanted." The blockbuster release
of Laugh Now, Cry Later, the first album Ice Cube released on his own Lench Mob
Records, was the most successful independent hip-hop release of 2006.
As if Cube's film and music career does not keep him busy enough, in 2007 he
partnered with the prestigious McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul,
Minnesota to establish an annual music scholarship. The Ice Cube Scholarship is
awarded to one student annually in the music technology department. Ice Cube
personally selects each winner based on the creativity, talent and skill in
developing a song based on elements he provides them with. 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.
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