Who is Ice Cube?
Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor, filmmaker, writer and businessman. He is popularly known for being a part of the rap group, “N. W. A” alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy E.
Ice Cube’s lyrics on the N. W. A album, “Straight Outta Compton” contributed immensely to the widespread popularity of gangsta rap. As an actor and filmmaker, Ice Cube has worked on films like the Barbershop series, “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”, “XXX: State of the Union” and “The Book of Life.” Ice Cube is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.
Ice Cube’s real name is O’Shea Jackson. He was born on June 15, 1969, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to his parents – Doris Jackson (mother) and Hosea Jackson (father). As of January 2023, Ice Cube is 53 years old.
About Ice Cube’s parents
Ice Cube’s father, Hosea Jackson was a machinist and a groundskeeper at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Not much information is currently available about him.
Ice Cube’s mother, Doris Jackson (née Benjamin) was a hospital clerk and custodian. She is from Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, the United States. Not much information is currently available about her. However, in an interview, Ice Cube revealed that his mother kept him off the streets when he was in his teens.
About Ice Cube’s siblings
Ice Cube has two siblings; an older brother from his parents’ marriage and a half-sister.
a. Beverly Jean Brown
Ice Cube’s older sister, Beverly Jean Brown was gruesomely murdered by her husband in 1981. At the time of her death, Beverly Jean Brown was 22 years old and Ice Cube was 12 years old. After a domestic dispute, Beverly Jean Brown’s 27-year-old husband, Carl Clifford Brown, reportedly took her hostage and barricaded them both inside the house. He then shot her. Beverly Jean Brown died from her injury while Carl Clifford Brown was only injured. However, Carl Clifford Brown passed away a month later, leaving behind their toddler son.
Speaking about the gruesome murder of his sister, Ice Cube said:
“I think about my sister a lot. I think about the turn of events that triggered that situation … America is built on the gun. America is in love with the gun. It’s a sick love affair. But it’s just hard to break.”
b. Clyde Ray Jackson
Ice Cube’s older brother is Clyde Ray Jackson. He has been credited for inventing the rapper’s stage name. Clyde Ray Jackson reportedly called his brother “Ice Cube” because he was too cool with girls at a young age.
About Ice Cube’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (January 2023), Ice Cube is married to his wife Kimberly Woodruff. Ice Cube and Woodruff have been married for 30 years (since 1992).
List of Ice Cube’s past girlfriends
Interestingly, Ice Cube has not been publicly associated with any woman other than his wife, Kimberly Woodruff.
About Ice Cube’s marriage to Kimberly Woodruff
Kimberly Woodruff-Jackson is Ice Cube’s wife. She was born on September 23, 1970, in California, the United States and is currently 52 years old.
Kimberly Woodruff and Ice Cube first met when they were both students at the Phoenix Institute of Technology. At the time, Woodruff was in a relationship with another boy.
Speaking about their first meeting, Ice Cube said:
“The first time I saw her, the first thing that went through my head was ‘Wow, that could be your woman.’ That was the first thought in my head and I didn’t know her.”
Ice Cube then approached Woodruff but she didn’t agree to date him. Luckily for Cube, she accepted after some time and the couple started dating in 1988. They dated for two years before Ice Cube proposed to her in 1991, the same year Woodruff gave birth to their first son O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff tied the knot on April 26, 1992. In December of that year (1992), their second son Darrell Jackson was born. Two years after (1994), Woodruff had a set of twins (Deja and Karima Jackson). In 1995, the couple had their last kid – Shareef Jackson. Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff have five children together in total.
In 2022, Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, making them one of the longest-lasting marriages in Hollywood.
Speaking about the key to his long-lasting marriage to Kimberly Woodruff, Ice Cube said:
“I respect my wife and she respects me.”
About Ice Cube’s kids
Ice Cube has five children from his marriage to Kimberly Woodruff.
List of Ice Cube’s children
- O’Shea Jackson Jr.
- Darrell Jackson
- Deja Jackson
- Karima Jackson
- Shareef Jackson
a. O’Shea Jackson Jr.
O’Shea Jackson Jr, better known by his stage name – OMG, is the oldest son of American rapper, Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff. O’Shea Jackson Jr was born on February 24, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is popularly known for his work in movies like, “Straight Outta Compton,” in which he portrayed his father and “Den Of Thieves,” which also starred 50 Cent. As of January 2023, O’Shea Jackson Jr is 31 years old.
b. Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson is Ice Cube’s second son. He was born on December 29, 1992, to Ice Cube and his wife, Kimberly Woodruff. He is currently 30 years old. Darrell Jackson raps under the moniker, Doughboy.
c. Deja Jackson
Deja Jackson is Ice Cube’s daughter. She was born on February 17, 1994, to Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff. She has a twin sister named Karima Jackson. She is currently 28 years old. Deja leads a quiet life and likes to stay away from media attention.
d. Karima Jackson
Karima Jackson is Ice Cube’s daughter. She is Deja Jackson’s twin. He was born on February 17, 1994, to Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff. She is currently 28 years old.
e. Shareef Jackson
Shareef Jackson is Ice Cube’s last child. He was born on November 17, 1995, to Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff and he is currently 27 years old. He is the founder of the maths and physics tutoring service, Math Looks Good LLC.