HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Rapper, producer, and actor Ice Cube, known for his roles in the films “Barbershop” and “Are We There Yet?” received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, June 12, at 11:30 a.m.
“Toast to all my Day 1 Riders!” the rapper announced on Twitter. “If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
Ice Cube, 47, spoke at the ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. His star is the 2,614th since the Walk of Fame’s completion in 1961, with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony occurred three days after the release of the 25th anniversary edition of his second album, “Death Certificate,” which was originally released in 1991.
“I had to catch the 210 bus down Crenshaw, then you would change buses in Hollywood,” Cube said in an interview with Variety. “And it’s dope, because I walked through Hollywood as a kid, trying to catch a bus to the Valley on my way to football practice. Now I’m gonna have a star there, and some kid like me, on his way to practice or whatever, is gonna see my name down there, and have hopes and dreams of getting theirs down there too.”
Ice Cube, whose birth name is O’Shea Jackson, is considered one of the most controversial rap artists, and one of the best MCs and lyricists of all time. He began his career as a member of the Compton-based rap group N.W.A. in 1986, alongside rappers including Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. N.W.A. was considered one of the most significant and influential groups of gangsta rap.
In 1990, Ice Cube released his debut solo album, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” which contributed to the rising popularity of rap. He released his second album, “Death Certificate,” in 1991, which was regarded as controversial. He joined rappers Mack 10 and WC to form Westside Connection in 1996, and they released an album called “Bow Down,” which was certified Platinum by the end of the year.
Ice Cube has also ventured into acting and filming. In 1991, he starred as Doughboy in director John Singleton’s drama film “Boyz n the Hood,” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut. He wrote and starred in the 1995 comedy “Friday,” alongside comedian Chris Tucker, and its sequels, “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.” He appeared in “Barbershop” (2002) and “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” (2004), with Cedric the Entertainer and Sean Patrick Thomas. In 2005, Ice Cube and director R.J. Cutler created “Black. White,” an FX reality series that followed two families of three. He also produced and appeared in the family comedy “Are We There Yet?” that year. In 2015, he helped produce a biopic “Straight Outta Compton” about N.W.A., with his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., portraying Ice Cube.