O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson knew it was rare for any kid to dream beyond the streets of Compton, California and even rarer for anyone to pursue that dream. Like his fellow N.W.A rappers, he dreamed of making it in the music industry, but he also had a back-up plan. He earned a degree in architectural draughtmanship from the Phoenix Institute of Technology in Arizona. "You can't rap forever," he said in 1989. "If it ends tomorrow, I still gotta do something to survive."
Ice Cube met Dr. Dre while performing with the Hip-Hop group C.I.A. Dre was a member of another local group, The World Class Wreckin' Cru, and would organize parties with both bands in attendance. Dre and Cube hit it off and were soon collaborating on songs like Wreckin' Cru's hit "Cabbage Patch." Both rappers joined Eazy-E's N.W.A, along with MC Ren, Arabian Prince and DJ Yella.
Cube is a family man; he has four children with his wife Kim, who he married in 1992. His fellow N.W.A rappers were far more promiscuous: Eazy-E admitted to seven children by six different women, Dr. Dre has at least five kids by at least three different women.
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