Ice Cube (born O’Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969) is an American rapper, actor and film director. Regarded as one of the greatest hip hop artists, he began his career as a founding member of the famously controversial rap group N.W.A., and later launched a successful solo career in music and cinema. In 1992 he married Kim Jackson, with whom he has four children. Later in 1992, he converted to Islam. From the mid-1990s onwards, Cube focused on acting, and his musical output has slowed down considerably. He remains one of the most visible West Coast rappers, having helped originate gangsta rap. He is particularly well-known for his incendiary raps on political and racial topics (such as the treatment of blacks in the United States). He has sold 35 million units in solo worldwide, and is one of the richest people in the hip hop industry, having an estimated net worth of $145 million (According to he was seventh in their “Top Ten Richest People in Hip Hop 2006”).ice-cube