Reported by Ashley Naples
Rapper/filmmaker Ice Cube is known as the pioneer of “gangsta rap,” i.e. an uncensored form of expression through music, but he’s managed to drastically change his image in entertainment over the years. He’s grown from a member of the controversial N*ggas With Attitudes (NWA) gangsta rap trio to being one of the leading creators of Black films centered around family and community.
The drastic change in his brand hasn’t completely gone over well with fans of his gangsta rap persona, who are used to hearing him discuss violence and other explicit things. As a married man and father of five children, it should be understood as to why he’d choose to change his image.
In his latest collaboration on the TV screen, Ice Cube has partnered with the classic children’s show “Sesame Street” to expand the youth’s vocabulary with the show’s famous character Elmo. The duo explain the definition of the word “astounding” and provide examples via magic tricks. Ice Cube starts off by making a penny disappear at the wave of a wand. He later makes a dinosaur appear in a hat and then changes himself into an actual ice cube.
Comments on the clip, posted onto YouTube, range between people accusing him of being a sellout and others complimenting him for being able to mature into a family man after holding the image of a gangsta rapper.