American rapperO’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube, is a famous hip hop artist and a pioneer of the rap genre with an estimated net worth of $140 million, earned mostly from his album sales and concerts, coupled with the success from acting in hit movies and producing TV shows. Coined as one of the most brutally honest rappers on the scene, Ice Cube is profoundly known as an MC of the iconic hip hop group N.W.A (“Niggaz Wit Attitudes), which formed back in 1986.
Ice Cube was born in the Compton neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, where he grew up rapping. Being a part of rap groups like C.I.A (Cru’ In Action) and N.W.A., Ice Cube released landmark albums, like Straight Outta Compton, which eventually led to him making his way to the top as a respected hip hop artist. Today, he sits at #14 on the list of the 100 richest rappers, according to TheRichest.com, with $140 million net worth to his name.
Once he conquered the music scene, Ice Cube set his sights on even greater success, so he went on to produce and act in movies that tasted mainstream success. His list of box offices successes includes Friday (1995), Three Kings (1999), Are We There Yet (2005), XXX: State of the Union (2005), 21 Jump Street (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014), and Ride Along (2014). He also served as a producer for the television series Are We There Yet and Barbershop, both based on his successful films of the same names.
His most recent project is the sequel Ride Along 2 alongside funnyman Kevin Hart—the film was released in theaters on January 15 and raked in $41 million domestically in the first four days, dethroning Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the number one box office spot. He’s also got two films lined up for release in 2016: the highly anticipated sequel Barbershop: The Next Cut and the comedy Fist Fight.
As far as movies go, Ice Cube can also thank the 2015 biographical blockbuster Straight Outta Compton for some of his success. The film, about the rise and fall of N.W.A., earned $200.4 in worldwide box office sales, which is remarkable considering the film’s production budget was only $28 million. Straight Outta Compton, which Ice Cube co-produced (his son played him in the movie), has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
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Since making it big in Hollywood, Ice Cube has splurged his wealth on buying lavish homes, cars, and much more. His multimillion-dollar mansion in Los Angeles has a swimming pool, private spa area, and what looks like a basketball court. The rapper lives in the house with his wife, Kimberly Woodruff, and the couple’s four children: daughters Deja and Karima, and sons Darrel and O’Shea, Jr. The house also presumably has a garage for Ice Cube’s array of cars, which reportedly include a V8 Vantage Roadster by Aston Martin and a Lincoln Navigator Ultimate SUV.
Looking at his recent box office success, as well as towering record sales, music productions, and collaborations with Dr. Dre, and for putting out new hip hop talent across America, it’s no wonder how Ice Cube’s net worth of $140 million came about. And on top of all this, he also has his connection with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders—he put out their 2009 anthem “Raider Nation.”
Ice Cube has been truly seminal for inspiring rap artists of today’s generation. As of 2016, Ice Cube’s net worth is estimated to grow even bigger.