Ice Cube Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Looks like Monday was a good day for rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube as friends, family, and fans alike gathered as he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the star was unveiled Monday (June 12) outside the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. The star-studded event included speeches from Rapper WC and Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton. There were also appearances by music and movie icons, including Dr.Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella from N.W.A., Big Boi, Russell Simmons, and Martin Lawrence.

“[Ice Cube is] someone who was never scared to go against the grain and willing to sacrifice his career in order to bring about change,” WC said about the rapper per People. “Not just change within our community, but a change in the way that we thought.”

The “Steady Mobbin” rapper also thanked his family, children, and wife of years Kimberly Woodruff. “She’s been everything to me, from a home girl to a muse, to a wife, to a confidante,” Cube said. “She’s been everything. She’s been a great mother to my kids and a great inspiration to the family.”

Cube also sent out a special thanks to everyone who supported him from his early days of rapping.

“The fans have been there from day one. Throughout some of our most controversial projects they’ve always stood with us because they believe what we’re doing is all about being real,” he said per People. “Music is not just about entertainment, but it’s about understanding. It’s about us understanding each other. It’s about us understanding the human condition and how it effects each one of us. And when somebody has the talent to record that and you have the interest to buy that, please look deep into the humanity in that.”

The ceremony took place not to long after the release of the 25th anniversary edition of his album Death Certificate, which featured new music from the rapper.

Ice Cube, now 47, first rose to fame in the late 1980’s as a rapper and songwriter in the West Coast rap group N.W.A. The group churned out several politically charged groundbreaking songs, such as “F*** The Police,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “Express Yourself.” After leaving the group to start a solo career, Cube released his first album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” which was followed by a string of hit albums.

Not long after his success in the music industry, in 1991, Ice Cube kicked off his acting career with a role in the film Boyz n the Hood. Cube, whose birth name is O’Shea Jackson, then starred in several films including Barbershop, 21 Jump Street, Are We There Yet, and, of course, Friday.

Although he was not awarded on his many accomplishments in his acting career, being awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is proof of his fruitful career in the music industry.

Congrats Cube! Be sure to watch the entire ceremony in the video below.

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