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O'Shea Jackson, known professionally by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, producer, director and writer. Ice Cube gained initial recognition, alongside Dr. Dre and Eazy E, as a member of the hip hop group N.W.A. He gained extreme notoriety as the group's primary songwriter and performer, noted for becoming one of the founding artists of gangsta rap, and pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, Ice Cube embarked on a successful solo career, releasing the albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and Death Certificate, both of which have attained platinum certification in the United States, while also being classed as defining albums of the 1990s.