What the hell happened to Ice Cube? He was in N.W.A., right? Those born in PG County between about 1970 and 1983 should be largely aware that N.W.A stands for N*s With Attitude and includes seminal gansta rap artists Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince and Ice Cube.
If you drove past Ice Cube in 1990 you would roll up your windows and lock your doors. I’m not sure why you were in Compton, but that's not important. If I drove past Ice Cube, a.k.a. O’Shea Jackson, today I would probably throw an egg at him and laugh, with no fear of retribution.
To say he sold out, or went soft, would be an understatement. Eazy-E is turning over in his grave. Let’s explore:
O’Shea made the expected leap from music to movies. His street cred stayed intact with roles like Doughboy in Boyz in the Hood. His acting career teetered after his supporting role to a snake and JLo's butt in in Anaconda. His acting career really jumped the shark when he starred as Nick Persons in 2005’s Are We There Yet?
If his career jumped the shark with Are We There Yet? (or the sequel Are We Done Yet? Answer: I Hope So!) then his career has recently imploded with his agreement to play the title role in the remake of the 70s TV show Welcome Back Kotter.
For those that are unaware, Gable Kaplan played the original Mr. Kotter, and here is what he looked like. For shame Ice Cube. For shame.
I know that Kotter’s haircut isn’t far off from the Jheri Curl’s that Cube used to sport,
But if he is going to go for the Jheri Curl I really think he should reprise the role from Coming to America of Randy Watson, the lead singer of Sexual Chocolate.