A founding member of the controversial hardcore rap group N.W.A., Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) branched out beyond hip hop to become an actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. After leaving N.W.A. in 1990 he enjoyed a successful solo career with albums like AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted and Death Certificate. Ice Cube made his film debut in Boyz n the Hood. The 1995 comedy Friday launched Ice Cube’s career as a screenwriter, and he made his directorial debut with The Players Club in 1998. Cube is currently executive producer of the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? based on the 2005 film of the same name in which he starred. Cube also starred in the hit comedy 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and is in talks to make a fourth installment of his Friday franchise with Chris Tucker and Mike Epps.