O'Shea Jackson (b. 1969), better known by his stage name as Ice Cube is an American Rapper, Actor and Filmmaker, who started with the group N.W.A. As a member of N.W.A., him and the group were known for their often controversial gangsta rap lyrics. He launched a solo career, with much of the same lyrical content, while also adding more conscious lyrics to his repertoire.
He would eventually also launch an acting career which would include the films Friday and it's sequels, and make his directorial debut with the 1998 film The Players Club.