O'Shea Jackson, Sr., better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker.
He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined N.W.A.
After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films.
Additionally, he has served as one of the producers of the Showtime television series Barbershop and the TBS series Are We There Yet?, both of which are based upon the films in which he portrayed the lead character.
As of July 2014, Ice Cube has sold over 38 million records in the United States of America and more than 55 million records wordwide.
Ice Cube is noted as a proficient lyricist and storyteller and is regarded as a brutally honest rapper; his lyrics are often political as well as violent, and he is considered one of the founding artists in gangsta rap.
He was ranked #8 on MTV's list of the 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, while fellow rapper Snoop Dogg ranked Ice Cube as the greatest MC of all time.
About.com ranked him #11 on its list of the "Top 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time".