Ice Cube was Born O’Shea Jackson on June 15, 1969 in Los Angeles, CA growing up in south central LA’s Compton neighborhood. åÊIce Cube did officially change his name to Ice Cube. åÊCube’s mother worked as a hospital clerk and his father was a groundskeeper at UCLA. åÊCube began writing raps in high school typing class. åÊHe was also played point guard in high school at Taft High School. åÊThe rapper/actor went on to University of Phoenix Institute of Technology and studied architectural drafting. åÊCube formed a group C.I.A and performed at parties hosted by Dr. Dre. åÊDre recognized cube’s talent and had him help write raps for his new record label. åÊEventually the friendship with Dre let do the formation of the hyper successful rap group N.W.A.