140+ Best Ice Cube Quotes: Exclusive Selection

O’Shea Jackson, known commonly by his stage name, Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Powerful collection of profoundly inspirational Ice Cube quotes, catchphrase and song lyrics will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Ice Cube Quotes

If you think about stuff that happened when you were young, it stays with you forever. – Ice Cube

I do what I do. You like it, great. You don’t, go listen to somebody else. I’m stickin’ with the people who stuck with me. – Ice Cube

I believe our society has fell into a pyramid system where there’s people relegated to the bottom of that pyramid and there’s people that feel like they’re entitled to the top of that pyramid. – Ice Cube

Anything that got to do with a pig, I ain’t eatin’. – Ice Cube

The hardest period for a writer is the period in-between writing. That’s when you can go crazy if you don’t allow the creative juices to flow. – Ice Cube

I was ready to get out of the box and play something a little different than what everybody has seen. – Ice Cube

I’m not really into the political game as far as paying politicians and stuff like that, I’m not into that. You do your job, and I’ll do mine. – Ice Cube

I have a really beautiful life right now, so there is no reason to be hostile. I’m a husband, a father and a man who tries to do the right thing in life and in my work. – Ice Cube

Nowadays, you can be yourself. You don’t have to put on façade. You can be who you are and still be just as successful as the ones who put on the fake façade. You know, it’s like reality is just as important as fiction. – Ice Cube

I am only 33, I’ve got a lot to do. This is the first half of my career. I’m looking forward to the future and I’m proud about the past. – Ice Cube

I identify with the bottom of the pyramid, because, outside of having money, I am at the bottom of the pyramid. – Ice Cube

That’s always been my approach, to expose what’s going on and what’s not being said. I could go the selfish route, and probably make a whole lot more money, but that’s not what it’s about, it’s about speaking for people who can’t speak for themselves. – Ice Cube

The devil made you a slave. Your waitin’ for the devil to come from the ground. Take a look around. Just look at the cross that the priest is holdin’. A beast, in sheep’s clothin’. You are the prince of darkness. Hell born, demonic. – Ice Cube

There’s rumors in the Twittersphere. If I find out that any of my officer is giving out drug and alcohol I send their ass to prison with a snorkel duct-taped to their mouth and me s***ing down that Snorkel – Ice Cube

As far as producing, once we started shooting, I soon realized where the critical decisions about the movies were really being made, and it wasn’t on the set. They were being made in the production meetings. That’s where producing a movie happens. And that’s where I wanted to be. I didn’t just want to be a piece, a pawn being played. I wanted to take part in the creative process, and that’s how I sort of got introduced to the idea. – Ice Cube

The moral is that a career can be gone in an instant. And all you have in this world are the people you love. – Ice Cube

I love any time you can enlighten people to mistakes, that’s how I started my career. – Ice Cube

I’m always kind of off to the next movie, and focused on making sure that the one I’m currently working on is as good as the one that’s already on TV. – Ice Cube

I’m just an entertainer, man. I don’t like to pigeonhole myself to anything. I love to do it all. – Ice Cube

Cinderella hoein’ for the fellas, Mr. Roger was getting kind of jealous. – Ice Cube

I been all around the world and I haven’t found a city that I’d rather be from or rather come back to than Los Angeles. – Ice Cube

I still want to put together bigger and better programs to work with the community. I still think I could do better on that end. – Ice Cube

I won’t do anything for money. I won’t compromise my manhood. – Ice Cube

I’m not sure if music got a future. We have all these electronic ways to download and steal music and get music, but there’s no money in makin’ music. – Ice Cube

You don’t have to be super clean to be a super star – Ice Cube

You want the industry to finally admit that you’re good. But I’m still good without their admission. – Ice Cube

When you have a good movie, it’s hard to categorize it. It’s everything. It makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think. – Ice Cube

To me, it’s my job not to laugh, no matter what’s said. By the time we shoot, I’m ready for all that’s coming. I probably do most of my breaking in rehearsals, when I know that I can. – Ice Cube

If you really think back to the culture or just black America before rap music took off, New York could have been Paris. – Ice Cube

I used to love to draw. I didn’t want to go to art class because I felt that would be too corny when I was young, but architectural drafting was the cool thing to do because there was more precision. It taught me a lot about building and structures and doorways and frames and windowsills. – Ice Cube

The thing is with hip-hop, it has its waves and the waves crash against the beach and the new waves come in. So to stay relevant you have to roll with that. – Ice Cube

What I learned from architectural drafting is that everything has to have a plan to work. You just can’t wing it. I can’t get all the materials I need for a house and just start building. Whether it’s a career, family, life – you have to plan it out. – Ice Cube

I love music. It’s freedom, a way to deal with pent-up frustration. – Ice Cube

I think my fans respect me for bein’ as truthful and honest as you can be and still be Rap music and not be opinion music. It’s still Rap, its still style, flavor, flair, and people just kind of like how I present myself and the things that I do. – Ice Cube

Most of the problems that we have are brought on by the government and not by music. Music is a mirror of what we’re going through, not the cause of what we’re going through. – Ice Cube

Should I peel a cap or should I let him survive? – Ice Cube

A bird in the hand is worth more than a Bush. – Ice Cube

Seeing my son getting roughed up by the police is not fun. It brings back memories of when I got roughed up by them. He grew up totally different than how I grew up, and to me, he shouldn’t have to go through that. – Ice Cube

I don’t get nothing but love. In every ghetto all over the world. Nothing but love. They respect that I came outta there and I’m doing it the right way. You can’t do nothing but respect that. – Ice Cube

The biggest change in the government’s behavior has been because of TV and its ability to show to the world what has happened in this community… that’s the biggest change. But without TV… the separation between the government and the people would be much worse than it is. – Ice Cube

I always want to read the script before I totally commit. – Ice Cube

We should love the fact that we’re not just getting one point of view. That we have this diversity in entertainment, and people are not scared to be themselves, and people are not scared to make people uncomfortable, and that’s all part of it. That’s all part of being free. – Ice Cube

Don’t want to hear my favorite rapper doin’ a love song. If I want to hear something soft, I’ll throw on Luther Vandross. – Ice Cube

Our household is built on love and respect. And we don’t really let negative vibes stay too long. It’s worked out. I got a great family, great kids. – Ice Cube

I want to do more drama. Comedy is the path of least resistance for my company. People know we can do them. People know they get a good response. People want to make them. Who am I to push up against that? – Ice Cube

But with rap music – not just N.W.A. – but rap music in general, seeing these artists wearing these team logos all the time started bringing a synergy and energy about having to rep your city, your team, everywhere and all the time. – Ice Cube

You pay to have a good time, you don’t always want to pay to be schooled or sad or reminded how bad you got it. To me a movie theater ain’t always the place for that. – Ice Cube

I have great people, smart people that are around me and we love the challenge. I guess it’s like climbing a mountain or building a building. It’s a challenge but you love every challenge that it brings or presents itself. – Ice Cube

Create your own path, hone your talent, be ready to show your talent, and don’t doubt yourself. – Ice Cube

Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide. – Ice Cube

Keep doin’ what you’re doin’, fall in love with what you’re creating, and everything else will fall into place. – Ice Cube

Sometimes you got to start somewhere. And it’s cool, as long as where you start is not where you plan on finishing. – Ice Cube

Today I didn’t even have to even use my A.K ! I got to say it was a good day – Ice Cube

I think, to me, reality is better than being fake. – Ice Cube

If you born in the mud, you gonna be dirty, and people don’t understand that. – Ice Cube

Money comes and goes, but your inner feelings, your gut feelings, your manhood, your womanhood, whatever, that stays with you. That don’t go anywhere. So you either proud of who you are and how you handle situations or you not. If you handle a situation wrong, you, it will haunt you. – Ice Cube

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall with a joint, drinking some eight-ball. – Ice Cube

I think the worst thing you can do about a situation is nothing. – Ice Cube

You can’t pussyfoot around. When you’re talking to lions, you can’t meow like a pussycat. – Ice Cube

Don’t worry about being a star, worry about doing good work, and all that will come to you. – Ice Cube

There’s nothing wrong with starting off in a box, but you got to have a plan to come out that box. – Ice Cube

Doing it your own way, not having to go exactly by the book to be successful. – Ice Cube

I wish the world would become what God wanted it to be in the first place, before we tampered with it. – Ice Cube

Sometimes, when you want to laugh, reality steps in. – Ice Cube

I think people, if you really want to be happy, you have to find God yourself, and you’re going to have to have a personal, one-on-one relationship and not look to get through these traditions or these rituals and all this crazy stuff when you could talk to him right here, right now, anytime, anywhere, any place, from any position. And that’s the kind of relationship you want, not a standard. – Ice Cube

Everybody who comes from the gangster life – they want what that man in the suburbs wants. Nice family. Nice house. Nice cars. Bills paid. Kids in school. Food on the table. Nothing more. – Ice Cube

Keep everybody out your business, that’s how you do it. And I mean everybody. It ain’t about having a relationship outside of the house. It’s about having a relationship within each other. When something go down don’t be calling your sister or your mother; I’m not gonna be calling my brother or uncles. We’re gonna work it out. – Ice Cube

For me rappers and dancers are poets and artists and often times the most interesting performances are given by them. – Ice Cube

You don’t wanna mess up what you’ve done. It’s like Jordan coming back: You’re scared to mess up the legacy. – Ice Cube

I’m trying to cut down a little on eating, on sodium, keep my blood pressure down, which is tough. Because I love food! I do, but it’s unfair how everything that’s bad for you tastes so good, and all the good stuff, veggies and green things, doesn’t match up. – Ice Cube

I think reading is important in any form. I think a person who’s trying to learn to like reading should start off reading about a topic they are interested in, or a person they are interested in. – Ice Cube

I’ve done movies for certain reasons; I did ‘Anaconda’ because the black man lives. Simple. The black man isn’t dead in the first three pages, like Jurassic Park. It’s like, ‘The black man kills the snake with a Latino girl? Damn! I got to do this.’ – Ice Cube

I used to game a lot, you know, back in the day. My gaming time done got so short that my skills ain’t where they need to be to be online, you know what I’m saying? I just got that Xbox One. I gotta get my skills back, up the par to call myself a gamer. – Ice Cube

There’s never really been a real hood Christmas movie. – Ice Cube

Music is where I have the most creative freedom, but I love producing. To me, that’s kind of where all the action is. You get a chance to have your hands in every aspect of a film. From picking a director, sometimes picking a writer, to the actors, the wardrobe, set design, editing, music, and marketing. – Ice Cube

If it was all about me, I’d do a whole lot of pop records, make a whole lot of money, just rake in the dough. But it’s never been all about me. It’s all about being a voice for the voiceless. People who can’t speak for themselves, who don’t have a mic, don’t have a say. – Ice Cube

Obama reminds me of the black kid at a white school that don’t nobody want to play with. – Ice Cube

I have a lot of milestones that I’m proud of when it comes to music, ‘Amerikkka’s Most Wanted,’ I’m extremely proud of that. Just because of what I had to go through to get that music produced, that album produced. – Ice Cube

I think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat. – Ice Cube

I make a mean cup of coffee, if you give me the right ingredients. – Ice Cube

I think I’m unique to the game ’cause of my versatility. – Ice Cube

I never get tired of ‘It Was A Good Day’ references or jokes or anything like that. It’s just, you know, keeping my biggest hit alive. Nothing wrong with that. – Ice Cube

The silver and black may have another home, but the Raiders will always belong to the people of Los Angeles. – Ice Cube

My thing is, I know kids cuss, they do their thing, but I tell my kids, ‘Don’t do it in earshot of any adults, or you’re in trouble.’ – Ice Cube

Even though I have a nice house, nice family, the rest of my generation is still in South Central L.A. My cousins, my brothers, my sisters, they don’t wanna move out. They don’t want to and they don’t have the means to sustain it. That’s where my heart is and that’s what I think about all the time. – Ice Cube

Quincy Jones’ autobiography ‘Q’ is very good. Because he’s a master at music, he’s one of our greatest composers, and its good for him to have a book and tell the good ole days when he was with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles. – Ice Cube

My grandmother worked at one of those Bel-Air mansions, and we would go – not too often, but every now and then – to pick her up. Hollywood was probably 12 miles from my house, but it might as well have been a million miles away. The only time I saw that world was on TV. Until I started making records. – Ice Cube

With film, I have to be a team player; it’s a whole different thing. I can’t just be a one-man show. I have to learn how to use people to the best of their ability and motivate them to be as passionate about the project as I am. – Ice Cube

I go light on breakfast. Sometimes it’s a yogurt, but a lot of times it’s leftovers from one of my wife’s dinners. – Ice Cube

I believe how you measure a good movie is how many times you can see it. With comedies, I like to be a producer, because comedies can get corny and go off track real fast. I’m always the ‘less is more’ guy when it comes to a scene. So I’ma be the one who will keep it grounded. – Ice Cube

I definitely support cop acting more than cops, but all of them ain’t bad, just some of them. – Ice Cube

Some people have a taboo about doing advertising in the States. You know, where they kind of make their bread and butter. But to me, that’s crazy. – Ice Cube

It’s funny how people who ain’t never been down there can think that America is so fair and that we should be alright. It’s funny that the people who have their foot on our neck are telling us, ‘Get up. What’s wrong with you?’ – Ice Cube

My worst ever car was a green Datsun B210, back when they called it ‘Datsun’ – now it’s ‘Nissan.’ Very unsexy, unattractive. Girls hated the car. I was embarrassed to even be in it but it was my transportation. – Ice Cube

I was a very interested arts student, I was always into that part of school and when I got into high school I went into architectural drafting. It gave me an understanding of how to build things and it’s really helped me put things in perspective. With my music and my movies, to me it’s all art. – Ice Cube

Rap is always evolving. It’s easy for the old school to hate the new school, but it’s a music that got a little stifled I think, by the Internet a little bit. – Ice Cube

The best thing I’ve done with my money is buy a house for my family. You wake up to a house you love and you feel like somebody. – Ice Cube

I still enjoy doing music. I’m not going to stop doing it, and doing it the way that I feel it should be done. – Ice Cube

Sports without music is just a game. Music makes it entertaining. – Ice Cube

I never was in the Nation of Islam… I mean, what I call myself is a natural Muslim, ’cause it’s just me and God. – Ice Cube

Sometimes when you’re relegated to your neighborhood, you forget that there’s more important things than your neighborhood going on out in the world. – Ice Cube

Don’t get a movie confused with real life. I’m a well-rounded human being like everyone else. – Ice Cube

I really appreciate family. I really can’t imagine life without them! – Ice Cube

I’m not the type of actor who is trying to do a whole bunch of different stuff, you know what I mean? – Ice Cube

Twerking has to end. Not for the ones that look good doing it, but for all the ones that you feel, ‘You don’t have enough to twerk back there. Your twerkin’ look like jerkin.’ – Ice Cube

Rap is just somebody getting something off his chest. That’s all it is. – Ice Cube

Sports without music, it’s nothing but a game. Music adds the emotion. – Ice Cube

When people see the Cubevision logo, they should know it’s something good, something worth checking out. – Ice Cube

Young people are dying for no reason all over the world that don’t know why. It’s ugly, everywhere. – Ice Cube

I wake up at 5:30, 6 in the morning, but don’t head into the office right away. I like to hang out with my wife, talk about things, get some coffee, you know. – Ice Cube

I did ‘Are We There Yet?’ because I wanted to do a movie for my fans’ kids. Black kids don’t really see movies on this budget for them, starring them. And there’s so many white kids that love that movie. – Ice Cube

I’ve been caught in parachute pants. And on my high school yearbook, they used the wrong picture. They were supposed to use the picture of me with a nice suit on. They used me with my collar flipped up, in a fuchsia and white striped shirt. I blame Prince and Michael Jackson in the Eighties for that. – Ice Cube

Our records, if you have a dark sense of humor, were funny, but our records weren’t about comedy. They were about protests, fantasy, confrontation and all that. – Ice Cube

Ice Cube is the piece of me that I give away to the public. – Ice Cube

You like a woman, she’s got kids, it’s a package. You can’t just go in one-sided. – Ice Cube

It never gets old. Working with somebody like Kevin Hart is rejuvenating in a lot of ways. He’s such a pro. He’s so good. – Ice Cube

Early in my career, people wanted to hear music about protest, about trying to change things. – Ice Cube

We’re in this entertainment business really to give the audience what they want. – Ice Cube

When I did ‘Boyz N The Hood’, I never thought how we grew up in South Central was interesting enough for a movie. – Ice Cube

‘Boyz-n-the-Hood’ was actually supposed to be written for Eazy’s group. He had a group out in New York called Home Boys Only, called HBO. One of them looked like LL Cool J. Eazy wanted to write a song for them, a street song, like what we were doing on the mix tapes. So when I wrote it, it was too West Coast for them. – Ice Cube

I’m a B-boy at heart. I still like rhyming. It’s just the radio game is like Chinese arithmetic. It’s hard to know what nuts to crack. But I still love music, been dropping music. Never stopped, really. – Ice Cube

I’m not actually from Compton – I’m from South Central Los Angeles, and my father still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I’m there all the time. – Ice Cube

It’s not like I’m the first man ever to do this, y’know? You gotta go back to Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Sammy Davis Jr. Those are people who’ve done music well and movies well, and y’know, Frank Sinatra and Elvis and all these dudes have made the transition. I don’t know about Elvis, ’bout doin’ ’em good, y’know? It’s nothin’ new. – Ice Cube

Music has done a lot to enhance the emotions of sports. It’s played in arenas. Whenever there is footage cut together they’re always using music. And it goes together, you know. – Ice Cube

South Central is just who I am. Even though I have a nice house, nice family, the rest of my generation is still in South Central L.A. My cousins, my brothers, my sisters, they don’t wanna move out. – Ice Cube

Snoop Dog is the Phil Jackson of youth football coaches. He ain’t going to accept nothing but a winner. – Ice Cube

Can’t step from one movie set to the next. Only Samuel L. Jackson can do that. All us mere mortals can’t do that! – Ice Cube

My son, O’Shea. He looks like me, and he can rhyme. – Ice Cube

I’ve got a basketball signed by all the greats from Julius Irving to Oscar Robinson. It was at an All Star game I got them all to sign it. So that ain’t going nowhere. I’m going to die with that in my casket. – Ice Cube

My son Darrel could recite ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at two years old. He loved it! You can expose your kids to anything as long as you sit there and explain it to them. – Ice Cube

When I was in N.W.A. and didn’t get paid all the money I was owed, that’s when the business side of showbiz hit me. – Ice Cube

I remember wishing there was snow in L.A. And how jealous we used to get of those Christmas specials with kids playing in the snow. – Ice Cube

I thought it was a good opportunity to perform on TV and get the message out there. – Ice Cube

When you are cold, surrenderand die to the Heat of the Heart – Ice Cube

To see it as a game is dope. You know they’ve got all these other games, and they finally gave a little respect to one of the classic movies in American history. – Ice Cube

We wanted to be true to what a barbershop is, so every headline we could grab between the first ‘Barbershop’ and the second was in there, – Ice Cube

What I wanted people to recognize is that racism is in all of us, in layers. Some in more layers than others. It’s not just the Klan guy and the black-fist guy, and it’s about peeling away those layers. – Ice Cube

Black. White’ will force people to challenge themselves. – Ice Cube

There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I’m very excited to be able to put a new twist on it. – Ice Cube

There’s a lot of potential that goes unused in places like South Central L.A., a lot of brilliant, smart people who just don’t have that chance to show it. – Ice Cube