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Insightful Ice Cube Quotes about People, Power, and Life

Insightful Ice Cube Quotes about People, Power, and Life

Born O’Shea Jackson on June 15th, 1969, this American rapper and actor is more popularly known as Ice Cube. He started writing rap music as a friendly challenge in high school but never stopped. When he attended William Howard Taft High School, he recorded successful local songs with N.W.A., an American hip hop group. One of his most notable works with N.W.A. is Straight Outta Compton, a piece that contributed to the rise of the gangsta rap genre.

He had a solo career after leading N.W.A. and also dabbled in acting. Some of his fans know him from Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop franchise, and Next Friday. Ice Cube’s success is the result of his hard work and perseverance. Here are some Ice Cube quotes if you are seeking inspiration.

Thought-Provoking Ice Cube Quotes

1. “For me, rappers and dancers are poets and artists and oftentimes the most interesting performances are given by them.” – Ice Cube

2. “The moral is that a career can be gone in an instant. And all you have in this world are the people you love.” – Ice Cube

3. “I know that there are obstacles; I know that there are hills to climb, I know there were people before me that made my journey easier and there are people behind me that I have made the journey easier for.” — Ice Cube

4. “I really appreciate family. I really can’t imagine life without them!” – Ice Cube

5. “Stay creative. And just because somebody starts to pay you, that doesn’t mean all your creativity goes to that, and you don’t save none for yourself to be able to do other, bigger and better things and still follow your dreams even if you start off inside of a box.” – Ice Cube

6. “I’m a husband, a father and a man who tries to do the right thing in life and in my work.” – Ice Cube

7.“The worst thing you can do about a situation is nothing.” – Ice Cube

8. “I think reading is important in any form. I think a person who’s trying to learn to like reading should start off reading about a topic they are interested in, or a person they are interested in.” – Ice Cube

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9. “I have a really beautiful life right now, so there is no reason to be hostile.” – Ice Cube

Ice Cube saying about truth

10. “Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide.” – Ice Cube

11. “We’re in this entertainment business really to give the audience what they want.” – Ice Cube

12. “There’s a lot of potential that goes unused in places like South Central L.A., a lot of brilliant, smart people who just don’t have that chance to show it.” – Ice Cube

13. “Everybody who wants to be successful should always be careful of what they wish for. A lot of artists and entertainers want to put the genie back in the bottle and wish they could go back to being what they were.” – Ice Cube

14. “I’ve never really taken myself seriously. That’s everybody else, listening to the music or whatever. I’ve always said what I’ve felt, said what I thought was right, but I’ve always had a comedic bone.” – Ice Cube

15. “Don’t worry about being a star, worry about doing good work, and all that will come to you.” – Ice Cube

16. “Our records, if you have a dark sense of humor, were funny, but our records weren’t about comedy. They were about protests, fantasy, confrontation and all that.” – Ice Cube

17. “The best thing I’ve done with my money is buy a house for my family. You wake up to a house you love and you feel like somebody.” – Ice Cube

18. “I wake up at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, but don’t head into the office right away. I like to hang out with my wife, talk about things, get some coffee, you know.” – Ice Cube

19. “Drink some coffee, put some gangsta rap on, and handle it.” – Ice Cube

Ice Cube saying music is freedom

20. “I love music. It’s freedom, a way to deal with pent-up frustration.” – Ice Cube

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21. “If you think about stuff that happened when you were young, it stays with you forever.” – Ice Cube

22. “You better check yourself before you wreck yourself.” — Ice Cube

23. “‘Boyz-n-the-Hood’ was actually supposed to be written for Eazy’s group. He had a group out in New York called Home Boys Only, HBO. So, when I wrote it, it was too West Coast for them.” – Ice Cube

24. “Usually, people who attack the rap are people who aren’t even fans.” – Ice Cube

25. “People associate clothes with actual behavior… It’s not the clothes. It’s always the people.” – Ice Cube

26. “If you love what you do, and you believe in your talent, there’s nothing better than breaking through.” – Ice Cube

27. “I was ready to get out of the box and play something a little different than what everybody has seen.” – Ice Cube

28. “I think, to me, reality is better than being fake.” – Ice Cube

29. “You can do anything in the world if you say ‘Hey man, don’t blame me, the devil made me do it.’” – Ice Cube

30. “I go light on breakfast. Sometimes it’s a yogurt, but a lot of times its leftovers from one of my wife’s dinners.” – Ice Cube

31. “My gaming time got so short that my skills aren’t where they need to be to be online.” – Ice Cube

32. “I’ve done movies for certain reasons” – Ice Cube

Inspiring Ice Cube quote

33. “I love any time you can enlighten people to mistakes, that’s how I started my career.” – Ice Cube

34. “I have great people, smart people that are around me and we love the challenge. I guess it’s like climbing a mountain or building a building. It’s a challenge but you love every challenge that it brings or presents itself.” – Ice Cube

35. “The thing is with hip-hop, it has its waves and the waves crash against the beach and the new waves come in. So, to stay relevant you have to roll with that.” – Ice Cube

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36. “Sometimes when you’re relegated to your neighborhood, you forget that there’s more important things than your neighborhood going on out in the world.” – Ice Cube

37. “If it was all about me, I’d do a whole lot of pop records, make a whole lot of money, just rake in the dough. But it’s never been all about me. It’s all about being a voice for the voiceless. People who can’t speak for themselves, who don’t have a mic, don’t have a say.” – Ice Cube

38. “Don’t get a movie confused with real life. I’m a well-rounded human being like everyone else.” – Ice Cube

39. “Ice Cube is the piece of me that I give away to the public.” – Ice Cube

Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop (Official Video)

Check out the official music video for “Good Cop Bad Cop” by Ice Cube.


Ice Cube is a rapper and actor who motivates young musicians through his career and insightful words. His quotes, similar to his songs, are thought-provoking and uplifting.

Ice Cube has lived through challenging experiences and written songs about issues that others refrain from discussing. His success is inspiring to all, not just amateur musicians.

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