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.
Stand-up comedian and actor DeRay Davis returns as the host for the second season of VH1’s Hip Hop Squares, executive produced by Ice Cube.
In November 2017, DeRay’s hilarious new hour special How To Act Black was released on Netflix. In addition, he recently appeared on the big screen in All Eyes On Me and Grow House, alongside Snoop Dogg and Lil Duval. Previously, DeRay starred in the third installment of the Barbershop franchise - The Next Cut, hosted the GSN series Mind Of Man and appeared in the VH1 TV movie Drumline: A New Beat.
DeRay’s additional film credits include GI Joe: Retaliation, 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’s guest-starring television credits include Empire, Entourage, The League, and a recurring role on The Boondocks.
DeRay Davis has also started in many stand-up comedy specials include DeRay Davis: Power Play on Showtime, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET’s ComicView, and Comedy Central Presents. DeRay has been a series regular on the hit MTV series Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out and has performed comedy skits on Kanye West’s LP Late Registration and The College Dropout.
DeRay Davis performs around the country and host a famous weekly show at the Hollywood Improv entitled Mo Better Mondays.
Tip "T.I." Harris is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist who has left an indelible mark on the world of music and pop culture. Having sold over 10 million albums in the US alone, Tip remains an influential figure in the world of music and entertainment.
Tip is the founding executive of Grand Hustle Records and the owner of two successful urban clothing brands Akoo and Hustle Gang. In 2016, Tip became an artist-owner of the global streaming service, TIDAL, alongside Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, and others. Tip’s business interests and portfolio now stretches across a variety of sectors including real estate development, lifestyle, technology, and sports to name a few.
In July 2018, Tip will reprise role in the Marvel sequel Antman & The Wasp in July 2018 as well be seen as an actor and co-producer of the musical drama Glow Up, as part of the PepsiCo’s Creators League.
Also widely recognized for his influence in the community, Tip has become an activist and dominant force in social issues around race relations, civil rights, and human rights. In response to mass inequality and the murders of unarmed Black citizens, Tip began his Us Or Else movement where he penned a thought-provoking series of op-Eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post and released a socially charged album entitled Us Or Else: Letter To The System, followed by a provocative short film.
Using that as a platform, Tip launched a formal charitable, social justice, and philanthropic arm - Harris Community Works - which is dedicated to driving systemic change in underserved communities. His most recent philanthropic work includes relief and support efforts for Puerto Rico, Houston, Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Challenge and more. Most recently, Tip became a coveted member of the Mayor Of Atlanta’s Transition Team. In this role, Tip will support the Mayor and City of Atlanta in policy and advocacy efforts that drive the city of Atlanta forward.
Dee Dee Roper, internationally known as DJ Spinderella, is a Grammy Award-winning DJ, producer, rapper, writer and world class mother. Spinderella is one of the original pioneers of hip hop music beginning her career as a member of the iconic rap group Salt-N-Pepa, selling over 15 million albums and singles worldwide. Over two decades after her groundbreaking entrance into hip hop, the Brooklyn native still sets the standard for “turntablisit” all over the world and is still a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
For DJ Spinderella, it has never been simply about cuts, beats, and rhymes says the Grammy, MTV, and BET Award Winner. “I’ve been blessed to be in the game for so many years, when many others have come and gone,” says Spinderella. “This industry is all about fun and entertainment, but humility and professionalism will take you far. I’ve also had great mentors such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Scratch, and the late Jam Master Jay.”
DJ Spinderella still performs with her sisters Salt-N- Pepa and back in April 2011 rocked an electric performance on Oprah, which showcased “Women Who Rock”. With the flick of her wrist, Spinderella has juggled single motherhood while conquering grand scale events and holding down her international reputation as the “Universe’s #1 Female DJ”.
While music and family are undoubtedly DJ Spinderella’s passions, she has also enjoyed success as the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association of North Texas, raising over $7,000 for #TeamSpin and participating in the Step Out Walk for Diabetes held at Globe Life Park in Arlington. DJ Spinderella recently formed a community partnership with BigThought.org to teach young artists the art of turntablism through the Spinderella DJ Academy, reaching over 250 children in one week. Spinderella has also coordinated and hosted the “Music, Movies, and More” symposium at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
In addition, attendees at the official Espy Awards, Academy Awards, Kentucky Derby, and NBA All Star after-parties have annually enjoyed DJ Spinderella’s sets. Spinderella has also performed at high profile events for Magic Johnson Enterprises, McDonald’s, Children Uniting Nations, Glamour Magazine, Cisco Systems, Skyy Vodka, Red Bull, Nike, Queen Latifah, The J. Paul Getty Museum, House Of Courvoisier, LA Weekly, Planned Parenthood, Carl Lewis, Paramount Pictures, and many more.
“There isn’t anything I can’t do when I put my mind to it and feel it in my heart,” says DJ Spinderella. You would think that just being Spinderella is enough for one woman to handle, but this woman wants it all. “I’m blessed,” she explains. “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t appreciate all I have or where I’ve come from.”
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.
Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz Markie is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming. 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. The Biz began his journey by beat boxing his way into hearts of hip-hop lovers and delivering humorous, witty rhymes that made him lovable and admired by music fans all over.
You can find Biz spinning and performing among 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), and ESPN as well as for annual occasions such as the Super Bowl, NBA All Star Weekend, CIAA Weekend, Essence Festival and many more. Biz also provides music entertainment for various political fund-raising and awareness events.
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. In addition, 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.
Biz's television credits include Nick Jr's Yo Gabba Gabba doing "Biz's Beat Of The Day", Sharknado II, Spongebob Squarepants, MTV's Nick Cannons Wild N Out, MAD TV, 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. Biz's 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 Markie 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. With more than 30 prosperous years in the entertainment industry, Biz Markie continues to maintain his longevity while pioneering innovative works. Simply put, Biz Markie is one of the most sought after entertainers in the business to date.