Ice Cube is an award-winning actor, director, producer and music icon. After penning memorable lyrics on N.W.A's groundbreaking songs "Straight Outta Compton" and "F**k 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, he has sold tens of millions of records while remaining one of rap's most respected and influential artists today. Ice Cube received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2017, and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A, in 2016. Recently, Ice Cube and his partner Jeff Kwatinetz launched the wildly successful three-on-three basketball league BIG3, which aired its third season on CBS and CBS Sports in the summer of 2018.
Ice Cube has become one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, with film credits that include the Academy Award-nominated "Boyz N the Hood," the hugely successful "Friday" franchise, "Three Kings," "All About the Benjamins," "Barbershop," "Are We There Yet?" and the "Ride Along" and "21 Jump Street" franchises.
In 2015, "Straight Outta Compton," which Ice Cube helped inspire and which he produced, held the number one spot at the box office three weekends in a row. Released by Universal Pictures, the film went on to receive nominations for the Academy Awards, the Critics' Choice Awards, the SAG Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, the Writers Guild Awards and the Golden Globes; it won Outstanding Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards, True Story at the MTV Movie Awards and many more accolades.
DeRay Davis returns as host of "Hip Hop Squares," executive produced by Ice Cube, and in his recurring role on the third season of FX's "Snowfall." His hilarious hour-long special "How to Act Black" debuted on Netflix in November 2017. He also recently appeared on the big screen in "All Eyez 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 a Man" and appeared in the VH1 TV movie "Drumline: A New Beat." His other film features include "G.I. 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," "Code Name: The Cleaner," "Scary Movie 4," "The Fog," "Barbershop," "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "Johnson Family Vacation." He has also guest-starred on "Empire," "Entourage" and "The League" and had a recurring role on "The Boondocks." DeRay's stand-up specials include "DeRay Davis: Power Play" on Showtime and appearances on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," BET's "ComicView" and "Comedy Central Presents." He was a series regular on the hit MTV series "Wild 'N Out," and he performed the comedy skits on Kanye West's LPs "Late Registration" and "The College Dropout." DeRay continues to perform around the country and hosts a famous weekly show at the Hollywood Improv titled "Mo Betta Mondays."
An acclaimed innovator with millions of albums and more than 35 million singles sold, Tip "T.I." Harris has won three Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, three BET Awards, two American Music Awards and more. T.I. is a seamless collaborator who has created prolific musical pairings with superstars like Drake, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, M.I.A. and Lady Gaga. His recent politically charged collaboration with Kanye West on "Ye vs. the People" also garnered rave reviews.
T.I.'s decade-and-a-half stewardship of Grand Hustle Records has produced multiple breakout artists, including Iggy Azalea and Travis Scott. His purpose-driven 2016 EP, "Us or Else," courageously addressed police brutality and racial inequality in America, and he co-produced the musical drama "Glow Up" as part of the PepsiCo's Creators League. He has also taken his musical talents to Broadway, where he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score for "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical." T.I. is set to star on the highly anticipated new music competition series "Rhythm + Flow" alongside fellow celebrity judges Cardi B and Chance the Rapper.
T.I. launched a formal, charitable social-justice foundation, Harris Community Works, dedicated to driving systemic change in underserved communities. His most recent philanthropic work includes relief and support efforts for Puerto Rico, Houston and Colin Kaepernick's Million Dollar Pledge. Recently, T.I. took on a coveted role as member of the mayor of Atlanta's transition team, supporting the mayor in policy and advocacy efforts that drive the city forward.
MC Lyte is an iconic entertainer, a trailblazing rapper and DJ, and a formidable television and film actress. A series regular on the 2019 reboot of "New York Undercover," she has also had recurring roles on "S.W.A.T.," "Power" and "Queen of the South." MC Lyte's film roles include appearances in the acclaimed Sundance winner "Patti Cake$," "Girls Trip," the upcoming "Loved to Death," "Sylvie" with Tessa Thompson and Eva Longoria and "Bad Hair" from director Justin Simien. This hip-hop legend is the first female rapper to be nominated for a Grammy Award, perform at Carnegie Hall and earn a Gold single. A true pioneer in the music industry, MC Lyte has performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She is the voice of the BET Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, and her voice work is well known for representing dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to a busy on-screen career, MC Lyte's production company, Sunni Gyrl, has several scripted and unscripted television and film projects in various stages of development. As an author, motivational speaker and philanthropist, MC Lyte has written books and speaks globally on inspiring topics, from her vast knowledge of the entertainment and hip-hop industries to entrepreneurialism and economic empowerment. Her charity, Hip Hop Sisters Network, has presented more than $1 million in scholarships and launched the Women, Wealth & Relationships initiative and The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience to help empower women and provide mentorships for young girls in South Central Los Angeles.
Roland Powell, best known by his stage name, Lil Duval, is a comedian, actor and entertainer from Jacksonville, FL. Lil Duval has made various TV and film appearances on MTV's "Guy Code" and "Hip Hop Squares," and in "Meet the Blacks," "Scary Movie 5," "School Dance" and "Grow House." He regularly hosts comedic appearances on shows like BET's "ComicView," "Wild 'N Out," "Ridiculousness," "All Star Comedy Jam" and more. Recently, Lil Duval turned to his musical skill set and released the certified Gold single "Smile," featuring Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy, as well as "Pull Up," featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Lil Duval is currently traveling throughout the states on his Living My Best Life Tour, and he has released his new record "Black Men Don't Cheat," featuring Charlamagne Tha God. The hot single has gained an entire movement behind it, encouraging all fans to debate and proclaim whether "black men cheat" or not. Lil Duval continues to prove he is a versatile talent, here to make the world more carefree through his music and comedy.
Named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" in 2019, DC Young Fly's expansive work in the comedy, acting and digital spheres has made him a standout as an entertainment multi-hyphenate. A comedian, actor, social media influencer, musician and podcast host, DC has proven innate comedic ability, abundant creativity and a passion for generating laughter in others can be translated across multiple mediums.
DC is the most-sought-out veteran cast member of Nick Cannon's "Wild 'N Out" and was also seen bringing humor to the reboot of MTV's "Total Request Live" as its main host. His credits include BET's "The New Edition Story," Will Packer's "Almost Christmas," in which he stars alongside Mo'Nique, JB Smoove and Gabrielle Union, and as the lead in the Universal comedy feature for MTV "How High 2," which was the highest-rated Saturday program on the network in six years. DC played Jaymo in Jerrod Carmichael's multi-cam comedy series for FOX, "Rel," and can be seen in Master P's upcoming independent feature "I Got the Hook Up 2," Nick Cannon's "She Ball," Lionsgate's feature film "#twominutesoffame" and as a recurring character in Kenya Barris's "Grown-ish" for Freeform.
DC has also made several unscripted guest appearances on projects including BET's game show "Black Card Revoked," and he returns for his third season of VH1's "Hip Hop Squares," where his natural comedic timing plays well with the energy of live audiences. Always a fan of live performances, he tours the country both as a headliner for sold-out stand-up comedy shows and as a co-host of the hilarious "85 South Show" live podcast alongside Chico Bean and Karlous Miller.
Michael Blackson, known as the African King of Comedy, has been entertaining audiences across the country and around the globe for more than a decade. Inspired by the stand-up of Eddie Murphy, Michael began to develop his talent in 1992 in the unkind comedy clubs of Philadelphia.
His comedic appeal grew from his involvement with BET's "ComicView" series, Shaquille O'Neal's "All-Star Comedy Jam," "Showtime in Harlem" and "Live in Hollywood." Michael was performing at the Comedy Store when actor-director Ice Cube visited to see comedian Mike Epps perform. After witnessing Michael's set, Ice Cube invited the young comic for a reading, and the rest is history. Michael's outstanding and unforgettable performance in the smash-hit film "Next Friday" drew praise and a fan following like no other.
After "Next Friday," Michael released his top-selling sketch comedy CD titled "Modasucka, Welcome to America." He has guest-starred in some of the hottest music videos, and he stole the stage on P. Diddy's "Bad Boys of Comedy" on HBO and in a commercial for "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central. When Michael takes the stage, there's no mistaking him for any other comedian.
B. Simone is a rising comedian who stars on MTV's "Wild 'N Out" and VH1's "Girls Cruise." She has amassed a loyal fan base from her viral social media videos and has headlined sold-out comedy tours.
Vena "Pretty Vee" Excell is a rapper and comedian who stars on MTV's "Wild 'N Out" and VH1's "Girls Cruise." She rose to prominence through her viral skits and characters and has become a popular act in parody.