Our Top 10 Ice Cube Songs list takes a look at one of the most famous rap artists who was a pioneer in the rap and hip hop music business as a founding member of N.W.A. Ice Cube has also celebrated a very successful career in the motion picture industry. His Friday films as well as his Barbershop films were much loved and a hit at the box office. He has also starred in many box office hits such as Three Kings, Anaconda, Trespass and many more.
Ice Cube rose to fame in the late 1980s when he was still a member of N.W.A. before becoming a solo artist and an actor later in his career. While at N.W.A., Ice Cube worked on some successful recordings.
During his early life, Ice Cube lived with both of his biological parents Doris and Hosea. With the help of his parents, Ice Cube was able to grow up and navigate the challenging landscape of his neighborhood which at that time was known for guns, drugs, and violence. In fact, Ice Cube was considered an amazing student who loved music and football. As a teen, his parents took him out of the local school and took him to a suburban high school in San Fernando Valley. While here, he noticed that drugs and violence that were causing havoc in his hometown were no longer generating attention.
He saw more and more of his friends getting killed or jailed; this propelled him to becoming a better person. And after high school, Ice Cube joined Phoenix Institute of Technology; while here, in 1988, he graduated with a degree in drafting.
Around this period, Ice Cube continued with his love for music, with his focus being on the emerging hip-hop music genre. It was in high school that he first wrote his first rap music, and it was not until the mid-1980s that he, along with two others, came up with a group known as C.I.A. (Cru’ in Action). He sold his first song to Eazy-E and Ruthless Records.
The group, particularly Ice Cube, grabs the attention of then-upcoming rapper Andre Romelle, famously known as Dr. Dre. The two went ahead and teamed up along with other upcoming rappers (MC Ren, Eazy-E, and Dj Yella) to create N.W.A.
N.W.A went to become the pioneers of gangster rap after producing some hard-hitting lyrics and songs that took gangster rap mainstream. Together, the group sold millions of records. And their second album titled Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988, propelled them to fame.
This album saw them making one of the biggest and most influential groups in the music industry while delving into the division between law enforcement and Black youth. Ice Cube had full or partial writing credits on 9 out of 13 original tracks on the N.W.A. album Straight Outta Compton. In addition to that, Cube performed vocally six of those songs, which made him an indispensable voice on this transformative hip-hop album.
However, despite the success of the album Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube was not happy. This is because, after having played a major role in the creation of this album, he felt the group was cheating him out of royalties by Jerry Heller, N.W.A’s manager. As a result, he left the group in December 1989. However, the issue was settled out in 1990 in a court of law.
Upon leaving N.W.A, Ice Cube worked on a long and very successful career as an actor and a solo artist. In 1990, he released AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted; it was his first album as a solo artist. The majority of the songs in this album were produced by a rap group known as Public Enemy’s production team and The Bomb Squad. The member from his new group Da Lench Mob worked on vocal appearances on his album.
Like his previous works, this album was a success. The album was certified platinum, and it was viewed as vital and a classic hip=hop album by most individuals.
In 1993, his role in Lethal Injection ended, and this propelled his career as an actor. Through his filmography career, he has worked on over 30 movies including, Friday Series in 1995, 2000, and 2002, Boyz N the Hood in 1991, and Three Kings in 1999, to name a few. In addition to releasing some of the best films, he acted alongside prominent actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Vin Diesel, among others.
With that in mind, let’s have a look at the top 10 Ice Cube Songs.
Top 10 Ice Cube Songs
# 10 – It Was A Good Day
Opening up our Top 10 Ice Cube songs list is the fantastic recording “It Was A Good Day.” Released in 1992, It Was A Good Day tops our list as the overall best song by Ice Cube. This is a feel-good anthem, and is one the best songs in hip-hop. From its lyrics to beats, this song has everything that a hip-hop song has to offer.
# 9 – Dead Homiez
This is a heartfelt song to Ice Cube homies that were gunned down. This song shows the other side of gangsta rap that glorified violence. However, it is another top-notch track by Ice Cube.
# 8 – Color Blind
Although the album Death Certificate was underrated, this song stood out as one of the dopest tracks ever and stands as one of Ice Cube’s favorite songs.
# 7 – Check Yo Self
This song was Ice Cube’s second hit song in his album The Predator. The track incorporates a sleek instrumental that saw Das E.F.X. bring his own unique flavor to the track.
# 6 – Gangsta Rap Made Do It
It was Ice Cube’s first single in his 8th album titled Raw Footage in 2008. In this song, Cube addressed individuals who were criticizing gangsta rap.
# 5 – You Can’t Fade Me
This song is based on a harsh tale of unwanted pregnancy; in this song, Ice Cube managed to flex his storytelling ability once again; however, it is the track’s dope beats that made it a bang back in 1990.
# 4 – Steady Mobbin’
This was Ice Cube’s first single in the album Death Certificate, and it is one of his stories about living in South Central Los Angeles.
# 3 – Wicked
Wicked features a fantastic energy level that, combined with Ice Cube’s lyrics, made this song Wicked! The song was a hit for Ice.
# 2 – Once Upon A Time
This song is the best example of his ability to tell stories through music. In fact, this track was one of the successful songs in Cube’s debut album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.
# 1 – You Know How We Do It
This is a classic definition of rap music. The song features sleek lyrics and outstanding beats, making it one of the best of Ice Cube’s projects.
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