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!!!
Like in the criminal world where there's a big difference between being a hustler and being a boss, the music biz sets galactic space between the role of an artist and that of a label head. The fans unknowingly segregate artists who try to gain street credibility from those who get credited by the streets. The latter for each of the past comparisons represent what Brad Jordan, known to most as Scarface, is to the universe that is hip-hop.
What Scarface is a hip-hop ambassador. He represents mastered skill, preserved integrity, immense respect, quiet leadership and vocal tutelage. But ask the average fan and you'll probably get a simple summary statement like "Face is a dope MC!" Since stepping on the scene with his Houston, Texas cohorts, Geto Boys back in '90, then waking the world a year later with his arctic delivery on the classic single "Minds Playing Tricks On Me" he's been putting it down for the south. There wasn't any other rapper who brought across such dark images so vividly, spoke about the fiery bottoms of hell with such a frozen tongue, yet warm voice. Hip-hop never saw him coming and now they keep coming back.
Fans flock to him and his new releases. The only difference is many of his fans are his peers. You'd be hard pressed to find a rhyme heavyweight who hasn't graced a Face album. To name a few: Ice Cube, Tupac, Jay-Z, Too Short, Daz, Kurupt, Redman and UGK all leaped at the opportunity to share a track with Mr. Face. This has allowed him to extend his status from H-town diplomat to global ambassador for rap. He brought the world to the American Geto. "I didn't put up a boundary on my music," Scarface says. "Though I rep my hood and rep my city, my music was for everybody from California to Cleveland to Chicago to Washington DC to New York to Mississippi to Atlanta. I didn't want to put no boundaries on my music, no Houston boundary."
But that's Face's worth in the rap sector of notepads and vocal booths. His living legacy surpasses that. On rap music's flip side, Brad Jordan is a boss in hip-hop label juggernaut that is Def Jam Records. Three years ago he was anointed as president of their southern division, Def Jam South. And in alignment with the success of his recording career, Scarface scored big from the start of his exec tenure. His first signee, the rambunctiously engaging ATL representer, Ludacris sold three million copies of his debut Back For The First Time and is threatening to outdo his freshman outing with his sophomore LP Word Of Mouf, which has been blazing charts with hits like the Jazze Phae orchestrated "Area Codes" and the Organized Noize produced "Saturday." Not only has Def Jam allowed Face the opportunity to exercise his muscle in nurturing artists, they've allowed him to add to his rhyme resume by relocating Face from his former label Virgin and making the house that Rush built his new home--as an artist. The result: Face's seventh solo album, The Fix. "My destiny is in my hands now. It's not in nobody else's hands," he states. "I make the final decision on my product. I'm not obligated to nothing and I know that with Def Jam behind me, I know I'm a give them a different look."
With The Fix, Scarface did not only keep his solo streak of either gold or platinum achievements alive, but he also got the recognition for the reason his albums have been such canvases of perfectly woven rhymes to music----his production. The music has always complemented Scarface's sharp oratorical because he's always had a huge role in his LP's production. Check the past Scarface album credits and you'll see Skinny Gangsta, Face's production company since he entered the rap game. "I had outside producers doing music but I ultimately produced my whole album myself," he informs.
Scarface is a true legend in the Hip-Hop game and having blazed many trails with his music, he is now ready to move into film and television on a very serious level.
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.