Ice Cube received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday. The 47-year-old rapper-actor, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, posed alongside his honor on Hollywood Boulevard outside the Musicians Institute. He kept it classic in a black Los Angeles Dodgers cap with a short-sleeved button-up Dickies black shirt, black jeans and black leather Nike sneakers. Watch the video and see other photos below
High-profile pals such as John Singleton and rapper WC were in attendance at the unveiling, where the veteran entertainer thanked his parents Doris Benjamin and Hosea Jackson for their support in his showbiz endeavors.
‘Thank you mama for always supporting whatever I wanted to do, whether you was with it or not, you said, “As long as it kept you off the street, you can do it,”‘ he said, according to ABC7. ‘A lot of guys don’t have their fathers around, and if you want to make a man like this, stay around your sons. Stay around your kids.’
WC, Ice Cube’s collaborator in his group Westside Connection, sparked the crowd with a reference to Ice Cube’s 1992 hit It Was A Good Day by asking the audience, ‘Today was a good day, ain’t it y’all?’
WC, whose full name is William Loshawn Calhoun, Jr., praised Ice Cube for the social impact he made with his music both as a solo artist and as one of the members of the rap group N.W.A.
‘One thing I can say that he did better than most was utilize his lyrics to wake up spirits,’ said WC, 47.
Famed filmmaker Singleton credited Ice Cube for his performance in his acclaimed 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, as he said he ‘wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for’ the performer, who played Doughboy in the drama.
The role helped Ice Cube’s career as well, leading to subsequent films such as Friday, Barbershop and Ride Along, and their sequels.
Ice Cube, a producer on the 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, recently re-released his 1992 album Death Certificate in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, adding three new tracks to the record.