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5. Ice Cube

Similar to LL, Ice Cube also got his start as a hip-hop pioneer. As a founding member of NWA, Ice Cube helped to develop the West Coast rap aesthetic, but his drive as a storyteller wasn’t satiated by just hip-hop. Cube’s on screen debut was in the moving drama Boyz n the Hood, and after receiving critical acclaim, he went on to write the comedy classic Friday, which he starred in alongside Chris Tucker. He followed that up with another dramatic performance in Three Kings, and let’s not forget the massive box office success of the Barbershop series. With his more recent foray into family movies, Cube’s bound to capitalize on yet another market.

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