Concluded Myers Briggs Personality Type -ESTP
Net Worth: $25 million – 2018
I’m just basically spillin’ out my emotions to the world. ‘Cause rap is about emotion. And I want you to feel what I’m feelin’, ’cause that’s what it’s all about.
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Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), known professionally as Ludacris (/ˈluːdəkrɪs/), is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris is the founder of Disturbing tha Peace. Ludacris has won Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards. Along with fellow Atlanta-based rappers Big Boi and André 3000 of OutKast, Ludacris was one of the first and most influential “Dirty South” rappers to achieve mainstream success during the early 2000s. In 2014, Ludacris was featured in Forbes list titled “Hip-Hop Cash Kings”, as he earned $8 million.
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta at age nine, where he began rapping. After a brief stint as a DJ, he released his first album Incognegro in 1999, followed by Back for the First Time also in 2000, which contained the singles “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy”. In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003 and The Red Light District in 2004. He took a more serious approach with his next two albums, Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008). His next record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010 and featured the tone of his previous albums. Ludaversal was released on March 31, 2015. As an actor, he has appeared in films including Crash (2004), Gamer (2009), and New Year’s Eve (2011). He is best known for playing Tej Parker in The Fast and the Furious film series.
- 1Early life
- 2Music career
- 2.11998–2000: Incognegro and Back for the First Time
- 2.22001–2003: Word of Mouf and Chicken-n-Beer
- 2.32004–2007: The Red Light District and Release Therapy
- 2.42008–2010: Theater of the Mind and Battle of the Sexes
- 2.52012–2015: Ludaversal
- 2.62017–present: Upcoming tenth studio album/Super Bowl LII/2018 Winter Oplymics Game/Cry Pretty (Album)
- 3Personal life
- 4Business ventures
- 6.2Bill O’Reilly and Pepsi
- 6.32008 presidential election
- 9See also
- 11External links
Christopher Brian Bridges was born in Champaign, Illinois, the only child of Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. He later moved to the Chicago area, where he attended Emerson Middle School in Oak Park and Oak Park & River Forest High School for one year. He then moved to Centreville, Virginia and attended Centreville High School for one year. He attended Banneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1995. From 1998 to 1999, he studied music management at Georgia State University. Bridges is of African American, English, and Native American ancestry. He is a distant cousin of late comedian Richard Pryor. Bridges wrote his first rap song at age nine when moving to Atlanta, and joined an amateur rap group three years later.
1998–2000: Incognegro and Back for the First Time
Bridges served as an intern and then a DJ at Atlanta’s Hot 97.5 (now Hot 107.9) under the name “Chris Lova Lova”. He was also known for DJ’ing during Freaknik at one point. Ludacris collaborated with Timbaland on the track “Phat Rabbit” from his album Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment. This song was a hit in many countries. In Ludacris’ early music career he collaborated with Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri.
In 1998, Ludacris began to record his debut album “Incognegro”. This album was the defining example of Ludacris’ fast, wild, and comedic flow, a unique style for southern rappers. Timbaland handled part of the production. Despite its poor sales, it was never deleted and is still sold today. Ludacris also appeared on Timbaland’s 1998 debut on “Phat Rabbit,” a track that would later be used on his re-issue of “Incognegro” called “Back for the First Time”. In 2000, Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time. The album reached number four on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was a major success. Ludacris made his mark on the industry with singles such as “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy”, along with his first ever single the “Phat Rabbit”, from two years prior. Guest appearances included 4-Ize, I-20, Shawnna, Pastor Troy, Timbaland, Trina, Foxy Brown, UGK, and others. Ludacris stated in an interview on MTV’s hip hop program Direct Effect that he came up with his stage name based on his “split personality” that he considered “ridiculous” and “ludicrous”.
2001–2003: Word of Mouf and Chicken-n-Beer
Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf and released it at the end of 2001. The video for the lead single, “Rollout (My Business)”, was nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award, and Ludacris performed it live at the awards’ pre-show. He released singles “Saturday (Oooh Oooh)” with Sleepy Brown, “Move Bitch” with Mystikal and I-20, and “Area Codes” with Nate Dogg.
During the spring of 2003, Ludacris returned to the music scene after a brief hiatus with a new single, “Act a Fool”, from the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack. At around the same time, he released the lead single from his album Chicken-n-Beer, called “P-Poppin” (short for “Pussy Poppin'”). Neither of his new singles were as well received by either the urban or pop audiences as his previous songs had been, and both music videos received only limited airplay. Chicken-N-Beer opened strongly, but without a popular single, the album fell quickly. Guest appearances include Playaz Circle, Chingy, Snoop Dogg, 8Ball & MJG, Lil’ Flip, I-20, Lil Fate, and Shawnna.
In the fall of 2003, Ludacris rebounded with his next single, “Stand Up”, which appeared on both Chicken-n-Beer as well as the soundtrack for the teen hip hop/dance movie, You Got Served. Produced by Kanye West, “Stand Up” went on to become one of Ludacris’ biggest mainstream hits to date, hitting the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 garnering heavy airplay on mainstream pop, rhythmic, and urban radio stations, as well as on MTV, MTV2, and BET. Ludacris was sued by a New Jersey group called I.O.F. who claimed that “Stand Up” used a hook from one of their songs, but in June 2006, a jury found that the song did not violate copyrights. “I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame,” Ludacris said after the verdict.
The album’s next single, “Splash Waterfalls”, was released in early 2004. A huge pop hit (despite its steamy video and explicit, adult-oriented lyrical content and themes), it subsequently became a success at urban radio and BET, and is the only time he has produced two consecutive top 10 singles from a solo album, except for Release Therapy (an unedited version of the video could only be viewed on BET’s Uncut program). It was Ludacris’ most sexual video yet, an R&B remix that featured Raphael Saadiq and sampled Tony! Toni! Tone!’s “Whatever You Want”. Ludacris received his first Grammy Award with Usher and Lil Jon for their hit single “Yeah!”. Ludacris next released “Blow It Out”, which was accompanied by a low-budget music video.
2004–2007: The Red Light District and Release Therapy
Ludacris took a more mature approach to his fourth album, The Red Light District. Sohail Khalid helped produce this album with various artists such as T.I., Lil Flip and Bun B. Ludacris openly boasted that he may be the only rapper able to keep the Def Jam label afloat on the opening track. Ludacris filmed and recorded the single “Get Back” in which he was featured as a muscle-bound hulk who was being annoyed by the media and warned critics to leave him alone. He first appeared on Saturday Night Live as a special guest performing with musical guest Sum 41 on a season 30 episode hosted by Paul Giamatti. He then recorded “Get Back” with Sum 41 to make a rock crossover single. The follow-up single was the Austin Powers-inspired “Number One Spot”. It was produced by New York City’s Hot 97 personality DJ Green Lantern. It used the Quincy Jones sample of “Soul Bossa Nova” and sped it up to the tempo of Ludacris’ rap flow. Featured artists on the album include Nas, DJ Quik, DMX, Trick Daddy, Sleepy Brown and Disturbing tha Peace newcomers Bobby Valentino, Dolla Boi and Small World. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.
In an issue of XXL, Ludacris was placed in the number nine spot for the most anticipated albums of 2006, for Release Therapy. The album Release Therapy was released on September 26, 2006. Ludacris formatted the CD to have two sides: a Release side and a Therapy side on a single CD. Guest appearances include Pharrell Williams, R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Field Mob, Bobby Valentino, Pimp C, C-Murder and Beanie Sigel. The first single, “Money Maker”, which features Williams, was released to U.S. radio outlets on July 17, 2006. “Money Maker” reached number one on the BET program 106 & Park. It then went to become the rapper’s second number-one single after 6 years. His second single, “Grew Up a Screw Up”, featuring Young Jeezy, dispels rumors that the two are or ever were in a dispute. His third single, “Runaway Love”, soon peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and won Best Collaboration in the 2007 BET Awards. Release Therapy won the Best Rap Album award at the 2007 Grammy Awards. His album then reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts with sales of 309,000 in its first week. With the release of this album, Ludacris marked a change in style in his career with his musical style. The new album itself features a departure of the lighthearted mood of his previous albums, and introduces a darker side. A change of hair accompanied this as he cut off his trademark braids for a more conventional “fade” cut. To promote the album, Ludacris returned to Saturday Night Live (as both host and musical guest) on November 18, 2006.
2008–2010: Theater of the Mind and Battle of the Sexes
The Preview, a mixtape to preview the album was released on July 28, 2008. Theater of the Mind, released on November 24, 2008 and in April 2008, the single “Let’s Stay Together” appeared on xxlmag.com; supposedly from the new album (“Let’s Stay Together” was expected to but was released as a bonus track on the CD). A song with Small World called “Pinky Shinin” was expected to be on the album, but it was dropped. In an interview with Complex Magazine he stated that Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Plies, Common, T-Pain, Jay-Z, Nas and The Game will be on the album; Game is featured in a track with Willy Northpole titled “Call Up the Homies”. T.I. was on the album on a track called “Wish You Would” squashing the long feud between them. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 with 213,493 sold first week. The album was released the same day as Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, which took the number-one spot. His first single “What Them Girls Like”, featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett, peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 100. His second single, “One More Drink”, featuring T-Pain, peaked at number 24 on the Billboard 100. The third official single is “Nasty Girl”, featuring Plies. He confirmed a “sequel” titled Ludaversal due to be released September 11, 2012.
Ludacris’ eighth studio album was released on March 9, 2010, with his first promotional single for the album being “Everybody Drunk” which features Callum Smith, originally featuring Shawnna. The first concept idea of the album was to have Ludacris and Shawnna battle it out on the album back–to–back, but this was later axed upon Shawnna’s departure from Disturbing tha Peace, ending her contract on Ludacris’ label and joining T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment label. The first official single released from Battle of the Sexes was “How Low”, which was released on December 8, 2009. The follow–up single was “My Chick Bad”, released on February 23, 2010. The third single is “Sex Room”, peaking at number 69 on the Billboard 100. Ludacris’s Battle of the Sexes entered the chart at number one, with 137,000 sales in the first week. The album is currently certified gold.
Throughout 2012, Ludacris released 3 singles “Stairway To Heaven “, Representin and Rest of My Life, all of which were scrapped after the songs underperformed and the recording process for his upcoming album Ludaversal stalled.
On May 24, 2013, Ludacris released a mixtape entitled #IDGAF. He had been releasing a new song on Fridays as he is calling these releases IDGAF Fridays. These songs, in order of release, were “Raised in the South” featuring rapper Young Jeezy, released on April 19. That release was followed by “If I Ain’t Fucked Up” on April 26, “9 Times Out of 10” featuring rappers French Montana & Que on May 3, “Speak into The Mic” on May 10, and “I Don’t Give A Fuck” on May 17. The last song was released a week before the release of the mixtape. The mixtape had almost 60,000 downloads via datpiff.com within the first day. Ludacris reprised his role as Tej in the blockbuster movie Fast & Furious 6, which opened during Memorial Day Weekend, May 2013. Ludacris had this to say about his upcoming new album: “I think every album is like a progression, I’m working with different producers. Usher, We definitely have this album which is a great thing. Ne-Yo is also on the album and I have producers like David Guetta, we have Stargate, have trainees. [The] Kelly Rowland single just came out that you need to check out. It’s called ‘Representing'”.
On August 3, 2013, Ludacris confirmed to VIBE.com he will be working with Anita Baker. “I don’t know if the cat’s out the bag. Yeah, Anita Baker is definitely on the album,” admitted Luda. “She’s on that particular song. [It] is really about my father and growing up and me being a kid and trying to get him to stop and me dealing with that.”
After a lengthy hiatus, Ludacris returned to the music on January 30, 2014, with the release of a single “Party Girls” featuring Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa and Cashmere Cat. The song takes a cue from Aqua’s 1997 song “Barbie Girl”, however, the single did not appear on the new album. On October 9, 2014, Ludacris announced that Ludaversal would be released on March 31, 2015; which will be preceded by an EP titled Burning Bridges due for release on December 16, 2014. On October 31, 2014 Ludacris premiered the first single from the “Burning Bridges” EP titled “Good Lovin'” featuring American singer Miguel.
Due to its moderate success, “Good Lovin” would go on to serve as the first single from Ludaversal. On March 3, 2015 Ludacris held a listening party for Ludaversal with Def Jam. The tracks “Intro”, “Not For Long” featuring Usher and “Come N See Me” featuring Big K.R.I.T. were revealed to the public After 3 years worth of delays, Ludaversal was released March 31, 2015 to generally positive reviews and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.
2017–present: Upcoming tenth studio album/Super Bowl LII/2018 Winter Oplymics Game/Cry Pretty (Album)
In March 2017, Ludacris confirmed that he was working on his tenth studio album in an interview with Complex magazine. On March 31, 2017, Ludacris released a new single called “Vitamin D” featuring Ty Dolla Sign.
In 2017, Ludacris will hosted YouTube’s Best.Cover.Ever show.
In 2018, he was featured on country singer Carrie Underwood’s single “The Champion”. The song peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the opening song for Super Bowl LII and 2018 Winter Olympics and Cry Pretty. on May 8, 2018 Ludacris received three nominations and one win for the 2018 CMT Music Awards.
Ludacris has a daughter named Karma Bridges (born August 2001) from a relationship with an attorney from Atlanta.[better source needed] Since 2009 he has been dating model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue. He has a daughter, Cai Bella Bridges (born December 2013), with Tamika Fuller, a longtime friend. In Costa Rica on December 26, 2014,Ludacris became engaged to Mbouguiengue, and the two married later that same day. In early June 2015, Eudoxie announced that the couple had welcomed a baby girl.
Ludacris is the founder of his own record label, Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. He is the co-owner of Conjure Cognac liquor. In 2011 Ludacris released his own line of headphones called “Soul By Ludacris” manufactured by Soul Electronics.He also has various real estate holdings.
In 2006, Ludacris appeared in a television and print advertising campaign for Puma, which released 3 limited edition models of a “Clyde x Luda” Puma Clyde sneaker, with Ludacris’ image on the heel of the insole and “DTP” (for Disturbing tha Peace) on the heel window.
In November 2016, Ludacris opened up a restaurant named “Chicken N Beer” at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
In 2011, Ludacris joined a joint effort between Do Something and Better World Books to collect books to help restock library shelves in New Orleans. He filmed a public service announcement in support of the Epic Book Drive.
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges also started the Ludacris Foundation at the beginning of his music career in 2002. The aim of the foundation is to inspire the youth through education, memorable experiences and helping the youth help themselves. The focus is what Ludacris calls the “3Ls”: Leadership and Education, Living Healthy Lifestyles, and LudaCares.
Tensions began when T.I. saw Disturbing tha Peace rapper I-20’s video in which a man wearing a shirt with the words “Trap House,” was being beaten. T.I. believed the man’s shirt actually said “Trap Muzik,” perhaps interpreting this to be a reference to his album of the same name. Later, G-Unit artist Young Buck asked these two fellow Southern rappers to appear on his new record on the track “Stomp”. T.I. recorded a verse which contained a line that Young Buck considered to be an insult towards Ludacris, “Me gettin’ beat down?/That’s ludicrous”. Young Buck spoke to Ludacris about his interpretation of the event. Ludacris then later recorded a verse that can be found on the album, “Straight Outta Cashville”. T.I’s record company wanted Ludacris to change his verse before they sanctioned it but Ludacris refused and T.I. was therefore replaced by Game on the album version.
On June 24, 2007, at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, California, T.I. was involved in a physical altercation. During a luncheon held by Kevin Liles of Warner Music Group (parent company of T.I.’s label, Atlantic Records), the MC got into a fight with Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu. According to witnesses, T.I. punched Zulu in the face and choked him and a small, brief melee ensued.
T.I. was awarded honors for Best Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards, and took the opportunity to apologize for his scuffle with Disturbing tha Peace executive Chaka Zulu earlier in the week. While accepting his award, he expressed regret over the situation. “They say it’s a fine line between brilliance and insanity,” he said, in an apparent reference to his troublesome alter ego, T.I.P. During the broadcast, cameras showed his onetime rival Ludacris smiling in the audience.
The two rappers have resolved their disagreement and have collaborated on four songs: “Wish You Would” off Ludacris’s sixth studio album, Theater of the Mind, “On Top of the World” off T.I.’s sixth studio album, Paper Trail and “We in This Bitch” off DJ Drama’s album, Quality Street Music. The original version of the latter had Kanye West. The two have also collaborated on Big Boi’s song called “In The A,” released on the 2012 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
Bill O’Reilly and Pepsi
On August 27, 2002, political pundit Bill O’Reilly called for all Americans to boycott Pepsi products. The next day, O’Reilly reported that Pepsi had fired Ludacris. Six months later, Russell Simmons and his hip hop action summit threatened a boycott of all PepsiCo products on the grounds that Pepsi had subsequently hired Ozzy Osbourne for a commercial even though Osbourne is notable for use of profanity and explicit lyrics. Eventually an agreement was reached which resulted in PepsiCo donating $3 million to Ludacris’ foundation and other inner city charities.
This is referenced in the 2003 songs “Hoes in My Room” as well as “Blow It Out” from Chicken n’Beer. Three years later, this would be referenced again in the song “Number One Spot”. During a summer 2003 appearance on MTV’s The New Tom Green Show, Ludacris and host Tom Green launched copies of Bill O’Reilly–authored books into a dumpster using a homemade catapult. In an interview with RadarOnline.com in 2010, Ludacris stated that he and O’Reilly had made amends after having a conversation at a charity event.
2008 presidential election
The song “Politics as Usual” from Ludacris’ mixtape The Preview has stirred controversy due to lyrics in the song criticizing Jesse Jackson; “Now Jesse talkin’ slick and apologizin’ for what? If you said it then you meant it” (in reference to Jackson stating that he would “like to cut Obama’s nuts off”); John McCain “McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed”; President George W. Bush “Yeah I said it, ‘cuz Bush is mentally handicapped/Ball up all of his speeches and throw ’em just like candy wraps/’Cuz what you talkin’ I hear nothin’ even relevant/you the worst of all 43 presidents”; Hillary Clinton “Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant”, in reference to Hillary’s campaign comments against Obama.
Concluded Myers Briggs Personality Type – ESTP
Net Worth: $25 million – 2018
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- First name
- Last name
- Del Piero
- Date of birth
- 9 November 1974
- Country of birth
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- 173 cm
- 73 kg
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|Super Cup||Winner||4x||2003/2004, 2002/2003, 1997/1998, 1995/1996|
|UEFA Champions League||Winner||1x||1995/1996|
|Runner-up||3x||2002/2003, 1997/1998, 1996/1997|
|UEFA Europa League||Runner-up||1x||1994/1995|
|UEFA Super Cup||Winner||1x||1996/1997|
|Inter Continental Cup||Winner||1x||1996|
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Concluded Myers Briggs Personality Type -ESTP
Net Worth: $5million – 2018
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Mario Mims (born May 19, 1981), better known by his stage name Yo Gotti, is an American rapper. In 1996, Gotti released his debut album Youngsta’s On a Come Up under the alias Lil Yo. He went on to release From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), Back 2 da Basics (2006), Live from the Kitchen (2012), I Am (2013), The Art of Hustle (2016) and I Still Am (2017).
- 1.12000–06: Career beginnings
- 1.22009–12: Live from the Kitchen
- 1.32013–present: I Am and The Art of Hustle
- 2Collective Music Group
- 4Awards and nominations
- 4.1BET Hip Hop Awards
- 4.2Soul Train Music Awards
- 6External links
2000–06: Career beginnings
Mims grew up in Ridgecrest Apartments in the Frayser neighborhood located in Memphis, Tennessee . He began his music career around the age of 14, rapping as Lil Yo, affiliated with DJ Sound and his crew. Between 2000 and 2006, Yo Gotti released a string of independent albums: From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game (2000), Self-Explanatory (2001), Life (2003), and Back 2 da Basics(2006).
2009–12: Live from the Kitchen
After several delays, Yo Gotti released his major label debut studio album Live From The Kitchen on January 10, 2012. The album’s original first single was titled “5 Star” and it was released on May 20, 2009. The single peaked at 79 on the Hot 100, 19 on U.S R&B and 11 on U.S Rap. “Women Lie, Men Lie” featuring Lil Wayne the album’s second single was released on December 11, 2009. The song peaked at 81 on 100, 22 on the U.S R&B and 12 on the U.S Rap. “Look In the Mirror” was the third single released 7 months after the second single on July 27, 2010. The song peaked at 97 on the U.S R&B chart.Live From The Kitchen debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, with 16,000 copies sold in its first week of sales in the United States. After three weeks on the chart the album has sold 36,000 copies in the United States. In 2012 due to Gotti’s views of the low sales of his debut album he took his departure from RCA Records & Polo Grounds Music. On October 17, 2012, he released the 7th version of his well-known mixtape series Cocaine Muzik entitled Cocaine Muzik 7: The World Is Yours.
2013–present: I Am and The Art of Hustle
In early 2013, Gotti announced that he and his label CMG had been signed to a distribution deal with Epic Records from longtime business partner L.A. Reid. On May 28, 2013, Yo Gotti announced that his sixth studio album would be titled I Am. The first single from his sixth studio album I Am is titled “Act Right” and features Young Jeezy and YG. The song debuted at #5 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singleschart and at #39 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. As of September 21, it has peaked at #100 on the Hot 100, making it Gotti and YG’s third Hot 100 entry, #33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at #24 on the Rap Songs chart. In July 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on November 19, 2013. On August 22, 2013, he announced the I Am Tour Dates, a tour in promotion of I Am which ran from September 14, 2013, until November 19, 2013, with supporting acts including YG, Zed Zilla, Shy Glizzy and Cash Out. On September 2, 2013, Yo Gotti released the mixtape Nov 19th: The Mixtape in promotion for the album.
On October 7, 2013, the album’s second official single “King Shit” featuring T.I. was sent to mainstream urban radio in the United States. On October 15, 2013, the music video for “King Shit” featuring T.I. was released. “King Shit” has since peaked at five on the US BillboardBubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. On October 27, 2013, Yo Gotti premiered the album’s third single, “Cold Blood” featuring rapper J. Cole and Canei Finch.
On February 1, 2016, Yo Gotti released the official cover art for both the standard and deluxe versions of The Art of Hustle, and the release date of the album. The album released on February 19, 2016, and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single “Down in the DM” (featuring Nicki Minaj on the remix) peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 2016, singer Meghan Trainor released “Better” featuring Gotti, as the third single from her second major-label album, Thank You. Gotti closed out 2016 with the announcement of a deal with Jay Z and his Roc Nation label, in partnership with his own CMG (Collective Music Group) imprint. 
On June 1, 2017, Gotti released a collaborative mixtape with record producer Mike Will Made It, titled Gotti Made-It. The mixtape’s lead single, “Rake It Up” featuring Nicki Minaj, has so far peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his highest charting single in the country.
Collective Music Group
Collective Music Group also known as CMG, formerly known as Cocaine Muzik Group, is a record label founded by Yo Gotti. He currently is at the labels helm as President and CEO of the company. The label’s first official release was Yo Gotti’s sixth studio album I Am. The label released a collective project featuring the whole roster titled Chapter One in 2014. The labels current president is Yo Gotti’s relative, Brandon Mims
Concluded Myers Briggs Personality Type – ESTP.
Net Worth: $160 million – 2018
Quotes:Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide.I think the worst thing you can do about a situation is nothing.I really appreciate family. I really can’t imagine life without them!
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O’Shea Jackson Sr. (born June 15, 1969), known professionally as Ice Cube, is an American rapper, writer and actor.
Ice Cube initially gained recognition as a member of the hip hop group C.I.A. in 1984, which gained limited commercial success prior to disbanding three years later. Ice Cube, alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy E, then formed the group N.W.A, where he gained extreme notoriety as the group’s primary songwriter and performer, noted for becoming one of the founding artists of gangsta rap, and pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos.
After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, Ice Cube embarked on a successful solo career, releasing the albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991), both of which have attained platinum certification in the United States, while also being classed as defining albums of the 1990s. Much of his musical output has contained harsh socio-political commentary and storytelling, which has earned him several accolades from multiple publications and artists, often being cited as a consistent influence, as well as one of the best rappers of all time.
Following the release of Death Certificate, Ice Cube’s popularity was further enhanced by his role in Boyz n the Hood (1991), where his performance as one of the titular characters was heavily praised. He also wrote and starred in the Friday film series, which contributed to reinventing his public image as a movie star. Ice Cube has also featured in the Barbershop, Ride Along, and XXX film series, while also serving as a producer to several other films, including Straight Outta Compton (2015), a biographical film depicting the career of N.W.A.
As a businessman, Ice Cube has founded his clothing line, Solo by Cube, as well as the 3 on 3 basketball league BIG3, which predominately features retired NBA players.
- 1Early life
- 2Music career
- 2.1N.W.A: 1986–1989
- 2.2Solo career: 1989–present
- 2.3Westside Connection: 1996–2007
- 2.4Collaborations: 1992–present
- 2.6Everythang’s Corrupt: 2012–present
- 3Other ventures
- 3.1Film and television career
- 3.2Clothing line
- 4Personal life
- 5.1Studio albums
- 5.2Collaboration albums
- 5.3Extended plays
- 6.3Video games
- 7Awards and nominations
- 7.1Film award history
- 7.2Music awards
- 8See also
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O’Shea Jackson was born on June 15, 1969, in Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, the son of Doris, a hospital clerk and custodian, and Hosea Jackson, who worked as a groundskeeper at UCLA and a machinist. He has an older brother as well as a half-sister who was murdered when Ice Cube was 12. His cousin is Teren Delvon Jones, also known as Del tha Funky Homosapien, who is a part of the rap group Hieroglyphics and who has also worked with Gorillaz; another cousin is Kam of rap group The Warzone. In his early teens, Ice Cube developed an interest in hip hop music, and began writing raps in Los Angeles George Washington Preparatory High School’s typewriting class. Jackson penned his first rap song in the ninth grade after a friend named “Kiddo”, challenged him to write a song during a typewriting class. Kiddo lost. On the origins of his rapper name, Ice Cube says that it came from his older brother. He is quoted as saying “He threatened to slam me into a freezer and pull me out when I was an ice cube. I just started using that name, and it just caught on.”
At the age of 16, Jackson sold his first song to future N.W.A. member Eazy-E. Jackson also attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. He enrolled at the Phoenix Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987 in Arizona. Being passionate about architecture, he studied architectural drafting. He completed his diploma within one year and returned to Los Angeles to pursue a rap career. Not sure of whether his rap career would work out, he would turn to become an architecture draftsman as a career backup.
With friend Sir Jinx, Ice Cube formed the C.I.A., and they performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. Dre soon entered the recording industry as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Dre saw Cube’s potential as a writer and had him assist with writing Wreckin Cru’s big L.A. hit track, “Cabbage Patch” as well as joining Cube on a side partnership which the duo called Stereo Crew. Stereo Crew produced a twelve-inch record, “She’s a Skag” released on Epic Records in 1986.
While Dr. Dre was DJing at L.A. dance club Eve After Dark, Ice Cube would rap over his music, often parodying songs by other artists. One such example of this was the song “My Penis,” a parody of Run-DMC’s “My Adidas.” In a 2015 interview, club-owner Alonzo Williams said that he felt that this song damaged his reputation and asked for it not to be performed.
In 1987, Ice Cube released the Dr. Dre produced single My Posse under with his group C.I.A. (Cru’ In Action!). After the collaboration, Ice Cube showed Eazy-E the lyrics to “Boyz-n-the-Hood”. Eazy-E, although initially rejecting the lyrics, eventually recorded the song for N.W.A. and the Posse, the debut album for the group N.W.A that also included Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. Ice Cube was the only member of N.W.A who is not from Compton, California (where it was formed).
By this point Ice Cube was a full-time member of N.W.A along with Dr. Dre and MC Ren. Ice Cube wrote Dr. Dre’s and Eazy-E’s rhymes for the group’s landmark album, Straight Outta Compton, released in 1988. However, towards the end of 1989, Ice Cube found himself at odds with the group’s manager, Jerry Heller, after rejecting Heller’s proposed contract terms.
Ice Cube wrote the lyrics to approximately half of both Straight Outta Compton, and Eazy-E’s solo album, Eazy-Duz-It, but he was only paid $32,000 and his contract did not confirm that he was an official member of N.W.A. This led Ice Cube to leave the group and bring a private lawsuit against Jerry Heller, which was later settled out of court. In response, the remaining N.W.A members attacked him on the EP 100 Miles and Runnin’, and on their next and final album, Niggaz4Life.
Solo career: 1989–present
In 1989, Ice Cube recorded his debut solo album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, in New York with the Bomb Squad (Public Enemy’s production team). It was released in May 1990 and was an instant hit, riding and contributing to the rising tide of rap’s popularity in mainstream society. The album was charged with controversy, and he was accused of misogyny and racism. Subsequently, Ice Cube appointed the female rapper Yo-Yo (who appeared on AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted) to the head of his own record label and helped produce her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode. This was followed by a critically acclaimed role as Doughboy in John Singleton’s violent crime drama, Boyz n the Hood. In the same year as AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Ice Cube released the acclaimed EP, Kill At Will which sold well, becoming the first hip hop EP to go Platinum.
His second album Death Certificate was released in 1991. The album was regarded as more focused, yet even more controversial, and critics accused him again of being anti-white, misogynist, and antisemitic. The album is thematically divided into two sides: the ‘Death Side’ (“a vision of where we are today”) and the ‘Life Side’ (“a vision of where we need to go”). It features “No Vaseline”, a scathing response to N.W.A’s ”100 Miles and Runnin” as well as “Black Korea,” a track regarded by some as prophetic of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, but also interpreted as racist by many. Ice Cube toured with Lollapalooza in 1992, which widened his fan base.
Ice Cube released his third album, The Predator, in November 1992. Referring specifically to that year’s Los Angeles riots, in the first single, “Wicked”, he rapped “April 29 was power to the people, and we might just see a sequel”. The Predator debuted at number one on both the pop and R&B charts, the first album in history to do so. Singles from The Predator included “It Was a Good Day” and “Check Yo Self”, and the songs had a two-part music video. The album was generally well received by critics and remains his most successful release commercially, with over three million copies sold in the US. However, after The Predator, Ice Cube’s rap audience diminished. Cube’s fourth album Lethal Injection, which was released at the end of 1993 and represented Ice Cube’s first attempt at imitating the G-Funk sound of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, was not well received by critics. He had more successful hits from Lethal Injection, including “Really Doe”, “Bop Gun (One Nation)”, “You Know How We Do It” & “What Can I Do?”. After 1994, he took a hiatus from music and concentrated on film work and developing the careers of other rap musicians, Mack 10, Mr. Short Khop, Kausion, and Da Lench Mob.
In 1994, Ice Cube had reunited with former N.W.A member Dr. Dre, who was now part of Death Row Records, in their duet “Natural Born Killaz”. In 1998, he released his long-awaited fifth solo album, War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc). The delayed sixth album, Volume 2, was released in 2000. The albums featured appearances from Westside Connection as well as a reunion with fellow N.W.A members, Dr. Dre and MC Ren, though many fans maintained that the two albums were not on par with his past work, especially the second volume. In 2000, Ice Cube also joined Dr. Dre, Eminem & Snoop Dogg for the Up in Smoke Tour.
In 2006, Ice Cube released his seventh solo album, Laugh Now, Cry Later, on his Lench Mob Records label, debuting at number four on the Billboard Charts and selling 144,000 units in the first week. The album featured production from Lil Jon and Scott Storch, who produced the lead single “Why We Thugs”. He released his eighth studio album, Raw Footage, on August 19, 2008, featuring the controversial single “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It”.
On October 12, 2009, he released a non-album track called ‘Raider Nation’ in tribute to the Oakland Raiders.
On May 11, 2010, Ice Cube released a 30 for 30 documentary, “Straight Outta L.A.”, for ESPN on the relationship between the gangsta rap scene in Los Angeles and the tenure of the Raiders there. He has been voted as eighth of MTV’s “greatest emcees of all time.”
On September 28, 2010, Ice Cube released his ninth solo album, I Am the West. The album featured the single “I Rep That West”. It debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and sold 22,000 copies in its first week.
In September 2012, Ice Cube released his second anthem for the Oakland Raiders, “Come and Get It”, as a part of Pepsi’s NFL Anthems campaign.
Westside Connection: 1996–2007
In 1996, Ice Cube formed Westside Connection with Mack 10 and WC, and together they released an album called Bow Down. Some of the album was used to engage in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry of the 1990s. The album’s eponymous single reached number 21 on the singles charts, and the album itself was certified Platinum by the end of 1996. With Bow Down, Westside Connection brought their own agenda to the hip hop scene. Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC had grown tired of being overlooked by most East Coast media outlets; the album was designed to instil a sense of pride in West Coast hip hop fans and to start a larger movement that some people who felt underappreciated might identify with. Songs like “Bow Down” and “Gangstas Make the World Go ‘Round” make reference to this. Ice Cube would also eventually make amends with Eazy-E shortly before his death in March 1995.
After a seven-year hiatus, Westside Connection returned with their second effort Terrorist Threats in 2003. The album fared well critically, but its sales fell short of Bow Down. “Gangsta Nation” was the only single released from the album, which was produced by Fredwreck and featured Nate Dogg; it was a radio hit. After a rift between Ice Cube and Mack 10 about Ice Cube’s commitments to film work rather than touring with the group, Westside Connection disbanded.
In 1992, Ice Cube assisted on debut albums from Del the Funky Homosapien (I Wish My Brother George Was Here), Da Lench Mob (Guerillas in tha Mist, 1992) and Kam (Neva Again, 1993), all of which enjoyed critical acclaim and some moderate commercial success. He handled most of the production on Guerillas in tha Mist.
In 1993, Lench Mob member, J-Dee, was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder, and Ice Cube did not produce their next album, Planet of tha Apes. Around this time in 1993, he also worked with Tupac Shakur on his album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., appearing on the track “Last Wordz” with Ice-T. He also did a song with Dr. Dre for the first time since he left N.W.A: “Natural Born Killaz”, for the Murder Was The Case soundtrack, and also contributed to the Office Space soundtrack. He also featured on Kool G Rap’s song “Two To The Head” from the Kool G Rap & DJ Polo album “Live And Let Die”. He also collaborated with David Bowie and Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails for a remix of Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans”. Ice Cube appeared on the song “Children of the Korn” by the band Korn, joining them on the Family Values Tour 1998, and they also collaborated on ‘Fuck Dying’ from Cube’s fifth album. He also lent his voice to British DJ Paul Oakenfold’s solo debut album, Bunkka, on the track “Get Em Up”. Ice Cube appeared in several songs in WCGuilty by Affiliation like “Keep it 100”, “80’s babies” and “Jack and the bean stalk”. Ice Cube also appeared in D.A.Z. in the song “Iz You Ready to die” and in DJ Quik in the song “Boogie Till You Conk Out” in 2011.
In 2004, he appeared in the Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz song, “Real Nigga Roll Call”. In late 2005, Ice Cube and R. J. Cutler teamed up to create the six-part documentary series titled Black. White., which was broadcast on cable network FX. In May 2006 Ice Cube complained that Oprah Winfrey would not welcome him and other rappers on her show. Ice Cube’s other movie projects include Teacher of the Year, released in 2007, and The Extractors, released in 2008.
He has signed on to star in and produce Welcome Back, Kotter, a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series. Ice Cube will play the title character, originally portrayed by Gabe Kaplan and his film company, Cube Vision Productions, has sealed a deal with Dimension Films to bring the show to the big screen.
In October 2006, Xzibit, Lil Jon and WC from the Westside Connection honored Ice Cube at VH1’s Annual Hip Hop Honors, performing some classic Ice Cube tracks, and Ice Cube also performed “Why We Thugs” and “Go To Church” from his album Laugh Now, Cry Later, where the New York crowd were greeted with Cube’s vintage Cali sound. After launching that comeback album, Ice Cube toured across the world to promote it. The tour is known as “Straight Outta Compton Tour”, and accompanying him is his friend and fellow rapper WC from the Westside Connection. Some places he has recently performed include the Paradiso in Amsterdam and various venues in England. After touring the U.S. and Europe, he performed all around Australia, from Sydney’s Enmore Theatre to The Forum Arena in Melbourne, before heading to Japan.
Ice Cube collaborated with Tech N9ne on the song “Blackboy” that appears on Tech N9ne’s July 2008 album Killer. The eighth Ice Cube studio LP, titled Raw Footage, was released on August 19, 2008, and featured the singles Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It and Do Ya Thang. Ice Cube appeared on a song by rapper The Game titled “State of Emergency” off The Game’s album, L.A.X. In 2009, Ice Cube performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos, and returned to perform at the 2011 festival.
Despite rumors of conflicts with other rappers in 2010, Ice Cube stated in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on Sirius Shade 45 that he has “no beef.”
Ice Cube’s ninth studio album I Am the West was released on September 28, 2010. Ice Cube has stated this album has a different direction than any one of his other albums. He received beats from West coast veteran producers such as DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, E-A-Ski, and Sir Jinx, not having worked on a solo album with the latter in nearly 20 years. The album was released independently under his label Lench Mob. Ice Cube has stated that “being independent is beautiful because we can do things ‘out the box’.” He also signed an upcoming recording artist named 7Tre The Ghost, that record companies would usually frown at. “Instead of working from a ready-made cookie-cutter marketing plan, we can tailor make a marketing plan specifically for me.”
In November 2011, Ice Cube stated via Twitter that he was seven songs into the current album he’s recording. He also stated he “always got an album coming out” which suggests that he isn’t thinking of rap retirement to focus on acting in the near future.
Everythang’s Corrupt: 2012–present
In 2012, Ice Cube recorded a verse for a remix of the Insane Clown Posse song “Chris Benoit”, from ICP’s The Mighty Death Pop! album, appearing on the album Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium. Also in 2012, Ice Cube had released more details on his upcoming tenth studio album titled, Everythang’s Corrupt. A music video for the album’s first single of the same name was released on the day before the 2012 USA Election. Ice Cube explained the inspiration and reason for the song saying, “You know, this record is for the political heads. This to me is more a leak at the right time, in time, to drop it. We could have dropped a more catchier tune, but the time wouldn’t have been right. The time is right for “Everythang’s Corrupt,” so that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to drop it at this point and time, and then come with a visual to highlight what we’re saying in the music.”Everythang’s Corrupt was released on iTunes in January 2013. The second single “Crowded” was released to iTunes on March 29. Ice Cube confirmed on his Twitter account that the album will be released in the fall of 2013 and will also be released via Lench Mob Records. However, the album would be pushed back once again with no release date currently set.
In 2014, Ice Cube appeared on MC Ren’s remix for Rebel Music. This was the first time the duo had worked together since the N.W.A reunion in 2000.
Ice Cube released a new single off Everythang’s Corrupt after a lengthy break since “Crowded.” The new single, which was released on Monday, February 10, 2014, is called Sic Them Youngins On ‘Em and is also available on iTunes. The music video for the new single was released on February 11, 2014. Ice Cube will release a new Music Video for his upcoming single Drop Girl featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz which is directed by Will Kindrick. On July 22, 2014 Ice Cube released the video to his Club Banger Drop Girl featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz. During an interview with Hallway Productionz Ice Cube stated that Everythang’s Corrupt would be pushed back again, because he was focused on completing Straight Outta Compton. In October 2016, Billboard reported that the album would be released in 2017.
Film and television career
Following his role as Doughboy in Boyz n the Hood in 1991, he then starred alongside Ice-T and Bill Paxton in Walter Hill’s action film, Trespass, and then in The Glass Shield.
Ice Cube was offered a co-star role with Janet Jackson for the 1993 romantic film Poetic Justice, but he refused to play the role, which was given to Tupac Shakur instead.
John Singleton had encouraged Ice Cube to try his hand at screenwriting, telling him, “If you can write a record, you can write a movie.” With this encouragement, Ice Cube wrote the screenplay for what became the 1995 comedy Friday, in which he also starred, alongside then up-and-coming comedian Chris Tucker. Friday earned $28 million worldwide on a $3.5 million budget, and spawned two sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next. In 1995, he also starred in his second collaboration with John Singleton, Higher Learning, as university student Fudge.
In 1997, Ice Cube starred in the action thriller Dangerous Ground as a South African exiled to America who returns 15 years later. He also had a supporting role in the film Anacondathat same year. He wrote, executive produced, and made his directorial debut in The Players Club in 1998, and in 1999 starred alongside George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the critically acclaimed Three Kings. In 2000, he wrote, produced and appeared in the Friday sequel Next Friday. In 2002, Ice Cube starred in the commercially successful movie Barbershop, as well as All About the Benjamins and the third film in the Friday trilogy, Friday After Next (which he again wrote and produced). In 2004, he appeared in Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and Torque; in 2005, he starred in the action movie XXX: State of the Union as well as making a cameo appearance in XXx: Return of Xander Cage and the family comedy Are We There Yet?, a role he reprised in its 2007 sequel, Are We Done Yet?. Ice Cube also starred in the 2014 box office hit Ride Along, alongside comedian Kevin Hart, and reprised his role in the sequel Ride Along 2 (2016). Also in 2016, he returned to his Barbershop role for a 3rd installment called Barbershop: The Next Cut. In 2017, he starred alongside Charlie Day in the comedy film Fist Fight.
In early April 2007, Ice Cube was a guest on Angie Martinez’s Hot97 radio show and stated that he was interested in bringing back Chris Tucker as Smokey in a possible Fridaysequel, but that was only possible “if New Line cuts the check.” In an interview with BlackFilm.com, Ice Cube stated that he would be interested in involving all major characters from the Friday franchise in a possible sequel, but added “I know I’m not going to get Chris [Tucker] back, but I’d love to get everybody else back.” As of December 2011, Chris Tucker has agreed to be in Last Friday.
In the Movies is a compilation album of Ice Cube songs that have appeared in movie soundtracks, which was released on September 4, 2007.
Ice Cube and basketball star LeBron James paired up to pitch a one-hour special to ABC based on James’ life. Ice Cube’s Are We There Yet? television series premiered on TBSon June 2, 2010. Based on the 2005 feature film of the same name, the show revolves around a family adjusting to the matriarch’s new husband (Terry Crews) and trying to deal with normal family situations. On August 16, 2010, Are We There Yet? was renewed for 90 additional episodes. In an August 2010 interview with UrbLife.com, Ice Cube expressed excitement about the show being picked up for the run, which will pan out to around six seasons. He also credits Tyler Perry for opening the door for him at TBS. He also had a role in 21 Jump Street and in its sequel 22 Jump Street. In 2014, he appeared with Elmo as a guest on PBS children’s show Sesame Street.
Ice Cube has licensed a clothing line, Solo by Cube, which features hooded sweatshirts with built-in headphones in the hood strings.
Since 2011, Ice Cube has appeared in advertisements for Coors Light beer. He was previously a spokesman for St. Ides malt liquor.
On January 11, 2017, Ice Cube announced BIG3, a 3-on-3 concept professional basketball league featuring former NBA greats and players. Its first season began in June and featured 8 teams, with an 8-week regular schedule, a playoff system and a championship game.
On April 26, 1992, Ice Cube married Kimberly Woodruff (born September 23, 1970), with whom he has four children, His son O’Shea, Jr. played him in the 2015 N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
- O’Shea Jackson Jr. (born February 24, 1991).
- Darrell Jackson (born December 29, 1992).
- Kareema Jackson (born February 17, 1994).
- Shareef Jackson (born November 17, 1995).
When Ice Cube was asked in January 2005 on NPR by Fresh Air’s Terry Gross whether he allowed his children to listen to his music, he responded: “What’s worked for me is instilling in my kids a level of self-respect”, and helping them to understand the content of not just music but the violence found on the evening news. When asked what he tells his children about profanity, he recalled telling his kids that there are “appropriate times to use any kind of language. … Adults should never hear you use these words. If you want to use these words around your friends, that’s really all on you.”
Jackson is also the cousin of rapper Del the Funky Homosapien who started his career writing for Jackson’s group Da Lench Mob. With Cube’s help Del released his debut album I Wish My Brother George Was Here when he was 18.
In the mid-1990s, Ice Cube converted to Islam, and was associated at that time with the Nation of Islam, although he denies ever being a part of it. He does not regularly attend services at a mosque, and calls himself a “… natural Muslim, ’cause it’s just me and God. You know, going to the mosque, the ritual and the tradition, it’s just not in me to do. So I don’t do it.” When asked in a 2017 interview if he was a practicing Muslim, Ice Cube replied, “Yeah. But, you know, I’m gonna live a long life, and I might change religions three or four times before I die. I’m on the Islam tip—but I’m on the Christian tip, too. I’m on the Buddhist tip as well. Everyone has something to offer to the world, and to be honest, we’re not fighting over religions, man. We’re fighting over resources. That’s just a smokescreen. And it’s not just oil, too—it’s water, it’s land, it’s everything. It’s greed.”