Ice Cube

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Rapper • Actor • Record Producer • Director • Producer

Birth Name: O'Shea Jackson

Birth Date: June 15, 1969

Age: 54 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

Children: O'Shea Jackson

Bands: N.W.A.

Ice Cube helped pioneer the gangster rap movement as both a solo artist and a member of seminal hip-hop crew N.W.A. before forging a successful Hollywood career thanks to franchise-spawning hits such as "Friday" (1995), "Barbershop" (2002) and "Ride Along" (2014). Born O'Shea Jackson in the South Central Los Angeles area of Baldwin Hills in 1969, Ice Cube developed a passion for hip-hop at high school where he adopted a stage name inspired by a threat issued by his older brother. After studying architectural drafting at the Phoenix Institute of Technology, Cube resumed his musical ambitions, forming The C.I.A. with Sir Jinx and collaborating with Dr. Dre on side project Stereo Crew. Dre was so impressed with Cube's talents that he was invited to join MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and himself in the line-up of N.W.A., the controversial Compton-based crew credited with popularizing the sound of gangster rap. Cube reportedly wrote half of their seminal 1988 sophomore Straight Outta Compton but just a year later left the group following a contract dispute with manager Jerry Heller. Cube proved to be just as uncompromising on AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, the 1990 solo debut which drew accusations of racism and misogyny. 1991 sophomore Death Certificate continued to court controversy in the same way before Cube showcased his acting talents for the first time as Crip gang member Doughboy in John Singleton's ground-breaking "Boyz n the Hood" (1991). Spawning his first Top 20 single, "It Was a Good Day," 1992's The Predator topped the Billboard 200 on its way to domestic sales of three million. And after joining fellow gangster rapper Ice T in neo-noir "Trespass" (1992), Cube embraced the burgeoning G-funk scene on 1993's Lethal Injection. Over the next five years, Cube put his solo career on hold, teaming up with WC and Mack 10 to form Westside Connection, guiding the careers of Da Lench Mob and Mr. Short Khop and contributing to tracks by Tupac, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kan. He also further established his acting credentials, appearing as a crime suspect in "The Glass Shield" (1994), reuniting with Singleton to play an Afrocentric student in "Higher Learning" (1995) and impressively writing, producing and starring alongside Chris Tucker in stoner classic "Friday" (1995). After starring as a South African exile in thriller "Dangerous Ground" (1997) and cameraman in creature feature "Anaconda" (1997), Cube added director to his list of talents with the dark comedy "The Players Club" (1998). That same year he returned to the music fold with fifth studio effort War & Peace Vol 1. (The War Disc), with a second volume featuring ex-bandmates Dr. Dre and MC Ren arriving in 2000. By this point, Cube had also added co-starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in Gulf war drama "Three Kings" (1999), joined various other rappers in gang rivalry tale "Thicker than Water" (1999) and reprised his role of Craig Jones in sequel "Next Friday" (2000). Cube once again took a lengthy solo hiatus to concentrate on Hollywood, playing a prisoner in John Carpenter's sci-fi horror "Ghosts of Mars" (2001), sharing top billing with Mike Epps in bounty hunter comedy "All About the Benjamins" (2002) and starring as salon owner Calvin Palmer in "Barbershop" (2002), a role he would reprise for its 2004 and 2016 sequels. After showing up as rival biker gang leader Trey in "Torque" (2004), Cube took over from Vin Diesel as the leading man in sequel "XXX: State of the Union" (2005) and made a surprising detour into family-friendly territory with the part of reluctant babysitter Nick Parsons in "Are We There Yet" (2005). In 2006, Cube dropped his seventh solo LP, Laugh Now, Cry Later, following it up two years later with Raw Footage. But he continued to rack up the film credits, too, appearing alongside Tracy Morgan in petty crime comedy "First Sunday" (2008), starring as an amateur baseball coach in Fred Durst's sports dramedy "The Longshots" (2008) and joining forces with Epps once more in "The Janky Promoters" (2009). In 2010, Cube added I Am the West to his discography, explored his passion for both gangster rap and the Oakland Raiders for the "30 for 30" (ESPN, 2009-) documentary series, played a reclusive former boxer in "The Lottery Ticket" (2010) and produced and co-starred in "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010-13), a small screen spin-off from his hit same-named movie. After playing an investigator in corrupt cop drama "Rampart" (2011), Cube bagged the role of foul-mouthed police captain Dickson in "21 Jump Street" (2012), shared the screen with Kevin Hart in another franchise-spinning comedy "Ride Along" (2014) and voiced The Candle Maker in hit animation "The Book of Life" (2014). Cube then served as producer on "Straight Outta Compton" (2015), the N.W.A. biopic in which he was portrayed by his own son O'Shea Jackson Jr, before starring as a warring teacher in broad comedy "Fist Fight" (2017) and releasing his long-awaited 2018 tenth album, Everythang's Corrupt. Cube then joined the cast of Los Angeles music drama "Covers" (2020) and returned with a fourth installment of his stoner comedy series, "Last Friday" (2020).

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Cloudbusting

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2024

StandStream

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2023

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant MayhemStream

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Superfly
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2023
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Access Daily With Mario & Kit

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2022

Hart to HeartStream

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2021

BIG3: Bringing the Fire

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2021

Halloween HHRB

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2021

The Best of All the Smoke

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2020

Cari & Jemele (Won't) Stick to Sports

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2020

Straight From the Streets

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2020

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert

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2020

Ice Cube: Can You Dig It

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2020

The High Note

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Jack Robertson
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2020

Rap Motivation

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2019

Untold Stories of Hip Hop

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2019

Desus & Mero

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2019

Ice Cube Feat. Too Short: Ain't Got No Haters

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2019

Greatest Rappers 3

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2019

Halloween HHRB

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2019

Big Boy's Neighborhood

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2018

Ice Cube: That New Funkadelic

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2018

Access

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2017

Access Live

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2017

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's WildStream

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2017

Sister Circle

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2017

Daily Blast Live

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2017

DailyMailTV

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2017

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2017

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2017

The Hollywood Masters

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2017

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2017
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Hip Hop Squares

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2017

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2017

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2017

Ice Cube: Good Cop Bad Cop

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2017

xXx: Return of Xander CageStream

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2017
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Fist FightStream

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2017
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2017
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2016

Hip Hop Evolution

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2016

Today's Take

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2016

Ice Cube Feat. Mack 10, Miss Toi: You Can Do It

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2016

Behind The...

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2016

Celebrity PageStream

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2016

The Making Of: Ride Along 2

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Barbershop: The Next CutStream

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N.W.A & Easy-E: Kings of Compton

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The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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Ice & Coco

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Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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BET Honors 2015: Extras

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Ice Cube: Sic Them Youngins On 'Em

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2015

Straight Outta ComptonStream

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2015
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NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton

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The Message

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2014

BET Honors 2014: Extras

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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Funkadelic Feat. Ice Cube and Kendrick Lamar: Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

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Ice Cube Feat. 2 Chainz and Redfoo: Drop Girl

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Ride AlongStream

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22 Jump StreetStream

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Captain Dickson
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The Book of Life

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The Queen Latifah Show

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The Arsenio Hall Show

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Bethenny

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The Social

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DJ SKEE Live

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The Real

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2013

SXSW Live: Public Enemy, Ice Cube, LL Cool J

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Ice Cube: Sasquatch

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2013

Steve Harvey

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Entertainment Studios.TV

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Larry King NowStream

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Street Apostle

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21 Jump StreetStream

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2012
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LIVE with Kelly

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Dish Nation

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Rampart

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The Talk

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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Access Hollywood Live

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In Depth With Graham Bensinger

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Are We There Yet?

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Are We There Yet?

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Ice Cube: I Rep That West

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Ice Cube: She Couldn't Make It On Her Own

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Ice Cube: Drink The Kool-Aid

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Lottery Ticket

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Mr. Washington
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Lopez Tonight

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2009

Lopez Tonight

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30 for 30Stream

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2009

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The Mo'Nique Show

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The Project

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Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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The Janky PromotersStream

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Ice Cube: It Was a Good Day

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Straight Stuntin' Hip Hop Countdown

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Studio Spotlight

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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Ice Cube Feat. Musiq Soulchild: Why Me?

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Killer Mike Feat. Ice Cube: Pressure

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Ice Cube: Do Ya Thang

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First SundayStream

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The LongshotsStream

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Number One With a Bullet

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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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The Graham Norton ShowStream

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First Take

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Are We Done Yet?Stream

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Are We Done Yet?Stream

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Anaconda

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Ice Cube: Jackin' For Beats

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etalk

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2006

The Up in Smoke Tour

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2006

Ice Cube: You Know How We Do It

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2006

Dr. Dre Feat. Ice Cube: Natural Born Killaz

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Ice Cube Feat. Snoop Dogg, Lil' Jon: Go to Church

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Made in Hollywood

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Entertainment Tonight Canada

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The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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Are We There Yet?Stream

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Are We There Yet?Stream

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Are We There Yet?Stream

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XXX: State of the UnionStream

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2005
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The Insider

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2004

Lil' Jon Feat. Ice Cube: Roll Call

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TorqueStream

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2004
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Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessStream

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2004
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Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessStream

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Craig Charles

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Real Time With Bill MaherStream

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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The BachelorStream

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BarbershopStream

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2002
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All About the BenjaminsStream

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2002
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All About the BenjaminsStream

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Friday After NextStream

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2002
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The Bernie Mac ShowStream

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Live With Regis and Kelly

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Mack 10 Feat. Ice Cube, WC, Butch Cassidy: Connected For Life

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Ghosts of MarsStream

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2001
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106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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Entertainment Studios.com

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Ice Cube Feat. Krayzie Bone: Until We Rich

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Next FridayStream

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The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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Three KingsStream

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Thicker Than Water

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Kickin' It: With Byron Allen

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The Players ClubStream

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1998
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The Players ClubStream

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1998
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The Players ClubStream

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I Got the Hook-Up

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The View

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AnacondaStream

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1997
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Dangerous Ground

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1997

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Access Hollywood

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The Jamie Foxx ShowStream

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Fox News Sunday

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Higher LearningStream

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1995
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1995
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FridayStream

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1995
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FridayStream

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FridayStream

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1995
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Entertainers: With Byron Allen

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1994

Extra

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1994

Ice Cube: Lil A... Gee

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1994

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1994

The Glass Shield

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Ice Cube: Bop Gun

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1993

Menace II SocietyStream

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1993
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Ice Cube: Check Yo Self

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1992

Trespass

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1992

Ice Cube: Steady Mobbin'

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1991

Ice Cube: True To The Game

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Doughboy (Darin)
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Ice Cube: Dead Homiez

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Ice Cube: Who's the Mack?

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