Ice Cube started a rap revolution as a teenager when his rap group, N.W.A., took the world by storm with Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. After embarking on a solo career, Ice Cube has become a Platinum recording star and one of Hollywood's most in-demand actors and producers. He launched an even more successful movie career at the turn of the millennium and continues to rap, record, and produce. Currently on the road, Ice Cube tour dates are scheduled throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Ice Cube concert calendar (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Ice Cube tour dates and venue information.
Born in the gritty area of South Central, Ice Cube and N.W.A. caused a stir in the late '80s with their description of Compton life. In 1989, Ice Cube embarked on a solo career and released his Platinum debut in 1990. In the mid-90s, Ice Cube formed the rap supergroup, Westside Connection, with Mack 10 and WC. In 1991, Ice Cube plunged into an acting career after being asked by John Singleton to star in Boyz n the Hood, which chronicled a life similar to Ice Cube's own upbringing. The hit film spurred further movie roles with Ice Cube becoming a Hollywood titan. He wrote and produced the hit film, Friday, and its various sequels.
In total, Ice Cube has sold over ten million albums, recorded nine studio efforts, and starred in over twenty hit films. As a writer/producer he is responsible for the Friday, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet?, francishes. Ice Cube is truly "America's Most Wanted", in terms of his Hollywood cache. Upcoming projects include his starring role in the film, 21 Jump Street and Last Friday, both scheduled for release in 2012. In the meantime, you can catch Ice Cube on the road. He is currently promoting his latest album, I Am The West, which was released in 2010. Ice Cube tour dates are currently scheduled across the nation throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Ice Cube concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Ice Cube tour dates and venue information.
THIS IS THE REAL DJ QUIK FROM COMPTON CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When rap music first emerged in the mid 1970s, it connected with listeners immediately by addressing all aspects of urban life with its unique freedom of self-expression. As the music evolved into a global cultural force, at least one rap icon remains true to the music's heritage. That man is DJ Quik. With four gold and platinum albums and production work with 2Pac, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to his credit, DJ Quik stands as one of hip-hop's most consistent artists and musicians. To his credit he has over 100 million soundscanned recordings!
Since debuting in the early 1990s as a talented rapper, producer and talent scout, he has four albums that have been certified either gold or platinum, and a production resume that includes acclaimed work with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Janet Jackson, Rick James, Chingy, Ludacris, and 8 Ball & MJG, among many others. But as DJ Quik became one of the West Coast rap scene's most revered figures, he was riddled with a series of personal and professional setbacks, including the passings of several friends and a number of disappointing business ventures with recent and long-time associates. Nevertheless he continues to LIVE to please his fans, NO MATTER WHAT!!!
The term “legend” is not loosely thrown around in hip-hip and for good reason. There are not many rappers that fit the bill. But E-40, “The Ambassador of the Bay,” is one that definitely does. After 12 albums and 15 years, three gold and one platinum album (one with his group The Click) 40 Water is ready to unleash his patented slang and unforgettable flow to a new generation of fans with his debut album for BME Recordings/Sik Wid It/Reprise, My Ghetto Report Card.
It’s no secret why 40 has remained current, he stays on top of the streets, “I stays woke. “I like to put a new twist to what I do,” says 40. “Every now and then you got to reinvent yourself by getting with these young cats, that way I stay fresh in the game. That’s the secret to my longevity.”
With his latest album My Ghetto Report Card, E-40 once again re-invents himself by introducing the nation to a movement that has been bubbling in his native Bay Area for the past few years - Hyphy. Like Crunk in Atlanta or Screw Music in Houston, Hyphy music is the sonic component of the new Bay Area youth culture.
The energy of the youth created a power so strong that the music coming out of the bay was forced to follow suit, giving the streets a soundtrack to the movement. Hyphy has a dance component, where dancers compete with each other for dominance of the crowd – as displayed by the award-winning Bay Area dance group, The Animaniaks, in E-40’s hit video “Tell Me When To Go.” This ultra-intense form of freestyle dancing is called going dumb. The customary fashion for Hyphy is jeans, white tees, dreads and big sunglasses called “stunna shades.”
Another major component of Hyphy is the car culture. The ride of choice right now in the Bay is the scraper, the classic 4-door American sedan (Buick LaSabres, Park Avenues, et al) with a hood twist. A pimped out scraper is not complete without colored tint, whistling pipes, oversized rims or spinning hubcaps and a stereo system powerful enough to knock pictures off the wall. It’s not just about how the car looks though, being able to gas, brake and dip, do figure 8’s, donuts and ghost ride the whip (driving a car hanging out the door making it appear as if the car is driving itself) is a major part of just how Hyphy Bay youth get.