Ice Cube is an award winning actor, director, producer, and music icon. After penning the most memorable lyrics on NWA's groundbreaking songs "Straight Outta Compton" and "Fuck Tha Police," Ice Cube left the group at the peak of its popularity to pursue one of the most successful careers in music history. As a solo recording artist, Ice Cube has sold more than 10 million albums while remaining one of rap's most respected and influential artists today. Most recently, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with his group NWA.
In 1991 Cube made his acting debut with a lead in the critically acclaimed and Academy Award nominated Boyz N The Hood. Since then, he has become one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood with film credits that include Friday, Three Kings, xXx: State of the Union, and the Barbershop, Are We There Yet?, Ride Along, and 21 Jump Street franchises to name just a few.
As an accomplished producer through his company, Cube Vision (Friday, the Barbershop, Are We There Yet?, Ride Along franchises), writer ( Friday, The Players Club, The Janky Promoters) and director relevant, and prolific figures both on and off the screen.
As a television producer, Cube Vision took the Barbershop and Are We There Yet? series to successful network runs and also enjoyed success with the controversial Black and White .
One of his more recent projects, which he helped inspire and produced, Straight Outta Compton held the #1 spot at the box office three weekends in a row, grossing over $200 million follars on a mere budget of $28 million. The Universal Pictures released film went on the receive countless awards and accolades including nominations with the Academy Awards, Critics Choice Awards, SAG Awards, Producer Guild of America Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards, Golden Globes, and won for Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards, True Story at the MTV Movie Awards and many more.Together, his movies have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office.
Cube is currently gearing up for the television debut of the Cube Vision produced Hip Hop Squares on VH1 in March 2017 and his next big on screen role in the Warner Bros Pictures Fist Fight which will be released in February 2017. He will also be honored with a star in his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Summer 2017.
DeRay can next be seen as the host of Hip Hop Squares on VH1, which is being executive produced by Ice Cube and premieres this fall. He can also be seen recently starring in the third installment of the Barbershop franchise The NExt Cut Prior to that he was the host of the GSN series Mind of a Man as well as appearing in the VH1 TV movie Drumline: A New Beat. Other features he has appeared in are GI Joe: Retalliation, 21 Jump Street, Jumping The Broom, Semi Pro, Old Dogs, Imagine That, License To Wed, School For Scoundrels, Life As We Know It, The Cleaner, Scary Movie 4, The Fog Barbershop 1 & 2, and Johnson Family Vacation DeRay has also been seen guest-starring on Empire, Entourage, The League and recurring on The Boondocks. He has starred in many stand-up specials including Deray Davis: Powerplay on Showtime, HBO'S Def Comedy Jam, BET'S ComicView, and Comedy Central Presents as well as being a series regular on the hit MTV series Wild n Out and performing the comedy skits on Kanye West's LPs "Late Registration" and "The College Dropout". DeRay performs around the country and hosts a famous weekly show at the Hollywood Improv entitled Mo Better Mondays.
Multi-platinum recording artist Tip "T.I." Harris has won three Grammy Awards and has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone. He is an artist-owner of TIDAL, joining JAY Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Madonna and others in offering up exclusive music, videos, concerts and other content to bring fans closer to their favorite artists. On September 23, he released his politically charged EP "Us or Else," exclusively on Tidal. Tip was motivated to write the songs on the project after hearing about a series of deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police including Sandra Bland and Philando Castile and Donald Trumps' rise to becoming the Republican Presidential nominee and now President-elect. Two previously released songs and videos from the project, "We Will Not" and "War Zone" are available on Tidal.com. In December 2016 he expanded the EP into an album called "US or Else: Letter to the System' and released it exclusively on Tidal. The album is currently available everywhere. As part of the release he released a series of letters to former President Obama, current President Donald Trump and the community
His recent credits include starring in the Emmy-nominated series "Roots" that premiered on HISTORY Memorial Day 2016, and was featured in "Sleepless Night" opposite Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union in January 2017. He is also an Executive Producer for "The Gary Owen Show" on BET. This year he will guest star in VH1's "The Breaks' premiering Feb. 20 and the sixth season of his hit VH1 series ''T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,' will air this Spring. His two clothing lines Hustle Gang & Akoo are currently in stores.
The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 30 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. His music scene debut began in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew. From then Biz began constructing his own destiny in the mystifying world of rap and hip-hop. Now 30 years older and immensely wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving hip-hop industry. No easy feat to accomplish, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry
Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming. The Biz began his journey by beat boxing his way into hearts of hip-hop lovers 0and delivering humorous, witty rhymes that made him loveable and admired by music fans all over. You can find Biz spinning and performing amongst almost every major celebrity in America and abroad. He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy's After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events, Chris Rock's "No Apologies" tour, events hosted by The Magic Johnson Foundation, State Farm (50 Million Pound Challenge), ESPN as well as for such annual occasions as the Super Bowl, NBA All Star Weekend, CIAA Weekend, Essence Festival and many more.
Biz Markie shows no signs of stopping. He currently DJs and performs in club and concert venues all over the world, consistently booking over 175 shows a year. "Just a Friend" made VH1's list of 100 greatest hip-hop songs of all time. Biz's television credits include Nick Jr's "Yo Gabba Gabba" doing "Biz's Beat of the Day", Sharknado II, Spongebob Squarepants, "Nick Cannons "Wild N Out" on MTV, MAD TV, Hip-Hop Squares, VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, and In Living Color. Biz has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Meredith Vieira Show. Other projects include Listerine, Zevia, commercials for Lucky Charms, Radio Shack and Heineken, TuneUp Media, and designing a sneaker with Pro Keds. The Biz Markie brand has also achieved commercial success for corporate sponsors such as Capt'n Crunch, Verizon, Pepsi Cola Corporation, Budweiser and more. Biz also provides music entertainment for various political fund-raising and awareness events. With more than 30 prosperous years in the entertainment industry, Biz Markie continues to maintain his longevity while pioneering innovative works. Biz moves with ease through multiple genres outside of the Hip Hop world, having worked with The Rolling Stones, Will Smith and the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips just to name a few. Simply put, Biz Markie is one of the most sought after Entertainers in the business to date.
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